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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 or Commuter Rail)

Taking the Subway (The T) 
This the best way to get to the CHSI. Take a Red Line train OUTBOUND from Boston or Alewife INBOUND to Harvard Square
(Alewife Station, located off Route 2 in Cambridge, has a garage with $9.00 all day parking ($3.00 on weekends) ) . The Harvard Square T 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 Clover Cafe 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 (There is also a bank of elevators directly opposite the aforementioned guard desk.).

Taking the MBTA Commuter Rail
Take the Fitchburg Line to the Porter Square stop. Exit the rail pad onto Somerville Avenue, the turn West, and turn left onto the Beacon Street bridge. Proceed approximately 100 yards south, then make a gentle right onto Oxford Street. Follow Oxford Street 3/4 of a mile to the Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford Street (where Oxford Street intersects Kirkland Street at a right angle.). 
Enter the building on your right through the doors up the steps. The entrance to The Putnam Gallery will be the second grey double doors on the left. 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 (There is also a bank of elevators located down the corridor just past the Science Center courtyard.).

 

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 Harvard 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 the ten-story DoubleTree Suites 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 Harvard 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 Harvard 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

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

Metered Parking

There are a limited number of two-hour metered spaces located on Oxford and Kirkland Streets. These meters only accept US quarters. After 8:00 pm the meters do not require coins but may be restricted to Cambridge residents. Parking is free on Sundays, and resident permits are not required. Please read the street signs carefully.

Harvard University Garages

One-day permits for Harvard University garages may be purchased via credit card by registering a Visitor Account at Harvard Online Parking Permit System on a space-available basis. For further questions about parking, call (617) 496-7827 or email parking@harvard.edu.