Directions & Maps

HMSC mapThe Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The best way to get to the museum is by MBTA (the T).

Taking the MBTA (the T)

Taking the T is the best way to get to the museum. Take a Red Line train from Boston or Alewife (Alewife Station, located off Route 2 in Cambridge, has a garage with 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 through Harvard Yard to the other side, out the gates, and continue between Memorial Hall on the right (the large ornate brick building, home of Sanders Theatre) and the Science Center on the left toward the intersection of Kirkland and Oxford streets. Walk east (right) on Kirkland Street and take the first left onto Divinity Avenue. The museum will be on the left, almost at the end of the short street.

Taking the MBTA (Commuter Rail)

Take the Fitchburg Line to Porter Square. Walk 50 yards on Somerville Avenue, cross the tracks on the bridge, and bear right onto Oxford Street and continue to #26, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which is attached to the Peabody Museum. (Admission is included to both museums.) The museum is less than a mile from Porter Square.

Bike Share

Bluebikes is Metro Boston’s public bike share program. The majority of bike-docking stations are available year-round, but in winter, it’s best to confirm station locations. See the Bluebikes map to locate the bike docking station one block away from the museum entrance.

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 and turn right onto Everett Street. At the next set of lights, turn right on Oxford Street and continue as the street makes a ninety-degree turn, becoming Kirkland Street. Take the first left onto Divinity Avenue; the museum will be on your left at the end of the short street. Please note, there is no parking on Divinity Avenue. There are limited meters on Oxford Street.

From the South

From Route 3 or I-93 (South East Expressway) North, take the Storrow Drive exit to the Harvard Square/Cambridge exit. Follow the directions for “Coming from the North,” starting with "Cross the Charles River..."

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. Follow the directions for “Coming from the North,” starting with "Cross the Charles River..."

Parking in Harvard Square

Public Garages

Pilgrim Parking at the Holyoke Center
1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02138
617- 495-8335

Harvard Square Parking Garage
20 Eliot St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138

University Place Garage
124 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, Mass. 02138

Propark At Charles Square Garage
1 Bennett St Cambridge, Mass. 02138

Pilgrim Parking
41 Church Street, Cambridge, Mass. 02138

Metered Street Parking

Oxford and Kirkland Streets both have a limited number of parking meters; the meters take quarters only. After 8 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.

Free Event Parking

When noted, occasional Peabody Museum events have limited event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage (a Harvard University garage). Be sure to tell garage attendants the name of the event and sponsoring organization (Peabody Museum, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture) on arrival.

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. For further questions about parking, call 617-496-7827 or email

Weekend permits for the 52 Oxford Street Garage may be purchased online or in person at the admission desk of the Harvard Museum of Natural History (26 Oxford St.). A license plate number is required for purchase.

Obtaining a One-Day Permit Online

  • Go to Harvard University Operations Services.
  • Register as a "Visitor."
  • Choose Peabody Museum as your Department.
  • Enter “2019” as your Department Code.
  • Choose a garage. Broadway Garage (7 Felton Street) and 52 Oxford Street Garage (52 Oxford Street) are the closest to the Peabody Museum. The 52 Oxford Street Garage is open seven days a week, and Broadway is open on weekdays only.
  • Choose "Museum Tour" or "Event Participant" as your Affiliation.
  • Enter "Campus Visitor" in the open field under Affiliation.
  • Pay with a credit card.
  • Print out the permit.
  • Remember to bring your printed permit when you park.

Walking from Broadway Garage

Turn right onto Broadway and walk two blocks. Turn right onto Quincy Street and walk two blocks, passing Sanders Theatre. Turn right onto Kirkland Street and make an immediate left onto Divinity Avenue. The Peabody Museum is on the left.

Walking from Oxford St. Garage

Turn right as you exit the elevator and walk straight on the path, past the Northwest Building, under a small bridge between two buildings, and through to Divinity Avenue. The museum will be on the right.

Accessible Parking

Please contact Harvard University Disability Services at or 617-495-1859 for limited accessible parking options. On weekends, please contact University Parking at or (617) 495-3772.

Accessible Entrance

From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, enter the museum through the Tozzer Anthropology Building next door (21 Divinity Avenue). Visitors may also enter through the adjoining Harvard Museum of Natural History's accessible entrance (around the left side of the 26 Oxford Street museum building). Admission to both museums is included. 

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