Harvard University Center for the Environment
26 Oxford Street - 4th floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
The Center is located on the fourth floor of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). Monday through Friday from 9 to 5, enter through the MCZ door and take the elevator (straight ahead) or stairs (to the left) to the fourth floor. You can also enter through the side door of MCZ and follow signs to the Center. This entrance is handicap accessible.
If you have a Harvard ID, you may also enter through the Museum of Natural History, which houses MCZ.
Reaching 26 Oxford Street:
By Public Transportation.
Take the MBTA Subway (or the "T") on the Alewife Red Line to the Harvard Square stop. Exit through the turnstiles and up the stairway that leads to Harvard Yard, and walk into Harvard Yard to the statue of John Harvard. From here take the path to your left, exit the yard and veer slightly to the right. The Science Center (a white granite structure with a rock formation in front) will be on your left, and Memorial Hall (a large red brick building with a tall steeple) on your right. (If Memorial Hall is on your left, you are walking in the wrong direction.) This will take you to the intersection of Kirkland and Oxford. Proceed left (westward) down Oxford Street. Enter the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at 26 Oxford Street and proceed to Center on the 4th floor.
From the North.
If you are coming by car from the north, take route 93 or 1 south toward Boston. Take the exit for "Storrow Drive-Cambridge." Follow Storrow Drive west for approximately 4 miles. After approximately 2 miles Storrow Drive becomes Soldiers Field road. You will not notice any change. Stay in the right hand lane in order to avoid the many left hand exits off Storrow Drive until you reach the exit marked "Harvard Square/Cambridge." Take the exit and go over the Charles River to the set of lights at Memorial Drive. Go straight ahead through the lights. You will now be on JFK Street. You will enter Harvard Square. After you pass the intersection of JFK and Mt. Auburn Street, you will come to another set of lights where The Coop is on the left, and Out of Town News and the subway "T" stop will be on your right. Go straight (bearing slightly to the right) through these lights, passing "Out of Town News." You will then approach another fork in the road--stay to the left of the fork and then immediately get into the right lane. This will take you onto Massachusetts Avenue, headed north. Go approximately 0.2 miles past the Harvard Law School to Everett Street on your right. Turn right onto Everett St. and go to the next set of lights at Oxford Street. Street parking is to your right. IMPORTANT: Please be advised that parking near the Center is very limited, and in the case of University-owned lots, requires a pre-paid day permit. Please contact us about where and how to park near the Center.
From the South.
Take route 3 (South East Expressway) north and follow the above directions for Storrow Drive West.
From the West.
Take route 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) east. Get off the Cambridge/Allston exit (#18) and follow signs for Cambridge bearing to the right. As you come off the Turnpike exit, a 10 story hotel is on your right. Begin to move to the left lane as you pass the hotel. There is a traffic light at the corner of the hotel. Go through this light, but be prepared to make a left before the bridge (do not cross over the bridge). You will now be on an entrance ramp leading onto Storrow Drive with very rapid traffic. Follow Storrow Drive for approximately 1/2 mile. Stay in the right lane, which will become the "Harvard Square/Cambridge" exit on your right. Follow the directions given above for coming from the north starting with "....Take the exit and go over the Charles River." (IMPORTANT: Please be advised that parking near the Center is very limited, and in the case of University-owned lots, requires a pre-paid day permit. Please contact us about where and how to park near the Center.)
Call 617-495-0368 for further assistance.