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Hours

The Putnam Gallery (Science Center 136) : Monday through Friday, 11a.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Special Exhibitions Gallery (Science Center 251) : Closed for Installation.
The Foyer Gallery (Science Center 371) : Monday through Fridays 9a.m. to 5p.m.

All galleries are closed on University Holidays.

The Putnam Gallery will remain OPEN during the Cabot Library renovation project. The Harvard Mark I installation will be inaccessible for the duration of construction, but will be back on view Spring 2017.

Admission

Admission is free of charge. Children must be escorted by an adult.

Accessibility

During upcoming Science Center construction, wheelchair accessibility will be available through the Littauer (west) entrance of the building ONLY. All galleries are equipped with automatic doors. An elevator is available near the center of the building for easy transport to the Special Exhibition Gallery on the second floor, and the Foyer Gallery on the third floor. Please contact Harvard University Disability Services at disabilityservices@harvard.edu or 617-495-3786 for limited accessible parking options.

Below you will find an interactive Google Map indicating the location of the Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford Street.
The Putnam Gallery is located just inside the Oxford Street entrance on the east side of the building.

Directions

Taking the MBTA (the T)

Taking the T is the best way to get to the CHSI. Take a Red Line train from Boston or Alewife (Alewife Station, located off Route 2 in Cambridge, has a garage with $7 all day parking) to Harvard Square. The station has multiple exits; take a Massachusetts Avenue exit. Once above ground, look for the Harvard Yard gates and walk diagonally (north-northeast) through Harvard Yard to the other side, and out the gates. The Science Center will be directly in front of you, with Memorial Hall on the right (the large, ornate, brick building with tower, home of Sanders Theater). Proceed into the Science Center, passing the Cabot Science Library and Greenhouse Café on your right, until you approach a metal-clad guard desk at the corner of a corridor running along the east-west axis of the building. Turn right(east) at the desk, and proceed toward the glass doors at the far end of the corridor. After passing the Science Center courtyard, the entrance to The Putnam Gallery will be the first grey double doors on the right. Access to the The Special Exhibitions Gallery on the second floor will be up the double flight of stairs opposite from the Putnam Gallery entrance.

By Car From the North

By car from the north, take I-93 or Route 1 South toward Boston. Take the exit for Storrow Drive/Cambridge. Follow Storrow Drive west for approximately four miles. Stay in the right lane to avoid the many left exits off Storrow Drive. Take the Harvard Square/Cambridge exit. Cross the bridge over the Charles River into Cambridge, continuing straight through the first light onto JFK Street. At the fourth light, bear slightly to the right to pass through Harvard Square. The Coop is on the left and the Harvard Square T station is on the right. At the next light, the road dips downhill toward a fork. Bear left at the fork, then bear right at the next light to continue north on Massachusetts Avenue. Go approximately two-tenths of a mile past the Cambridge Common (on the left), and Harvard Law School (on the right), and turn right onto Everett Street. At the next set of lights, turn right on Oxford Street. The Science Center is located straight ahead at the corner where Oxford and Kirkland Streets intersect at a right angle. The entrance to The Putnam Gallery is located just inside the Oxford Street entrance to the building on the left. The Special Exhibitions Gallery is reached via the short flight of stairs nearby on the right. NOTE: There are a limited number of parking meters on Oxford Street.

By Car From the West

Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) east to the left exit for Cambridge/Allston and follow signs for Cambridge. At the end of the Turnpike exit, there is a ten-story hotel on the right. Begin to move to the left lane. There is a traffic light at the corner of the hotel and a bridge to Cambridge straight ahead. Do not take the bridge. At the light, take an immediate left onto an entrance ramp for Storrow Drive along the Boston side of the river. Follow Storrow Drive approximately a half-mile to the Harvard Square/Cambridge exit. Cross the bridge over the Charles River into Cambridge, continuing straight through the first light onto JFK Street. At the fourth light, bear slightly to the right to pass through Harvard Square. The Coop is on the left and the Harvard Square T station is on the right. At the next light, the road dips downhill toward a fork. Bear left at the fork, then bear right at the next light to continue north on Massachusetts Avenue. Go approximately two-tenths of a mile past the Cambridge Common (on the left), and Harvard Law School (on the right), and turn right onto Everett Street. At the next set of lights, turn right on Oxford Street. The Science Center is located straight ahead at the corner where Oxford and Kirkland Streets intersect at a right angle. The entrance to The Putnam Gallery is located just inside the Oxford Street entrance to the building on the left. The Special Exhibitions Gallery is reached via the short flight of stairs nearby on the right. NOTE: There are a limited number of parking meters on Oxford Street.

By Car From the South

From Route 3 or I-93 (South East Expressway) North, take the Storrow Drive exit to the Harvard Square/Cambridge exit. Cross the bridge over the Charles River into Cambridge, continuing straight through the first light onto JFK Street. At the fourth light, bear slightly to the right to pass through Harvard Square. The Coop is on the left and the Harvard Square T station is on the right. At the next light, the road dips downhill toward a fork. Bear left at the fork, then bear right at the next light to continue north on Massachusetts Avenue. Go approximately two-tenths of a mile past the Cambridge Common (on the left), and Harvard Law School (on the right), and turn right onto Everett Street. At the next set of lights, turn right on Oxford Street. The Science Center is located straight ahead at the corner where Oxford and Kirkland Streets intersect at a right angle. The entrance to The Putnam Gallery is located just inside the Oxford Street entrance to the building on the left. The Special Exhibitions Gallery is reached via the short flight of stairs nearby on the right. NOTE: There are a limited number of parking meters on Oxford Street.

Parking in Harvard Square

Parking in Harvard Square

The Harvard Square Hotel
110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Mass. 02138

617-864-5200

Parking at the Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02138
(617) 496-7827

Harvard Square Parking Garage
20 Eliot St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138
617-354-4168

University Place Garage
124 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, Mass. 02138
617-491-0801

Propark At Charles Square Garage (Charles Hotel)
1 Bennett St Cambridge, Mass. 02138
617-491-0298

Metered Parking

Oxford and Kirkland Streets both have a limited number of parking meters; the meters take quarters only. The rate is 15 minutes per quarter, with a 2-hour time limit. After 6 p.m., the meters do not require coins but may be restricted to Cambridge resident permits. Resident permits are not required all day on Sundays.

Harvard University Garages

One-day permits for Harvard University garages may be purchased up to two weeks in advance at Harvard University Operations Services on a space-available basis. When prompted for a department, choose "Harvard Museums of Science & Culture," Code 3102. Payment is by Paypal or credit card through Paypal. A Paypal account is not required. For further questions about parking, call 617-495-3772 or email parking@harvard.edu.