Parking

While there are some on-street meters, parking near the museums is mostly restricted to Cambridge residents. Visitors are encouraged to use public transit, particularly the MBTA Red Line, which has inexpensive parking at the Alewife Station.

Limited parking is available in Harvard University’s Broadway Garage, at 7 Felton Street. Permits can be purchased online only, through the Harvard Campus Services system, and must be purchased in advance.

Here are a few tips as you proceed through the system:

  • If you are a first-time user, you will need to register by creating a username and password.
  • If you need an accessible parking space, please select ADA Accessible Broadway as the lot.
  • When asked to select the department from a drop-down menu, select Museum Visitor—Art Museum. The department Code is 9071.
  • On the day of your visit, a printout of your online permit needs to be handed to the attendant in the garage booth for admittance and then placed on your dashboard.

For questions related to permits, please contact Harvard Campus Services at 617-496-7827.

For certain evening and weekend functions, complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage. Check calendar listings for details.

Public parking garages in the Harvard Square area:

  • Church Street Lot

    41 Church Street, between Brattle Street and Massachusetts Avenue, 617-482-7740
  • Harvard Square Parking
    Corner of Eliot and JFK Streets, 617-354-4168
  • Charles Square Garage

    Corner of Bennett Street and University Road, 617-491-6779

Walking

From Harvard Square, enter any gate and walk directly through the center of the Yard, between Widener Library and Memorial Church, and exit through the gate on Quincy Street. The Harvard Art Museums’ historic facility at 32 Quincy Street will be directly in front of you. To reach Adolphus Busch Hall, continue walking along Quincy Street and pass the Harvard Graduate School of Design on the right. Adolphus Busch Hall will be directly in front of you, one block down and across the street, at 29 Kirkland Street.

Subway

The Harvard Art Museums and Adolphus Busch Hall are a quick five-minute walk from the Harvard Square subway station. This station is served by the Red Line of the MBTA’s subway system as well as many bus lines. Please use the MBTA’s trip planner to determine your best route.