We strongly suggest arriving by public transportation as parking near the museum is very limited. Please see the parking section below about where and how to park near the museum.
Taking the MBTA Subway
Take the Red Line to the Harvard Square stop. Walk through Harvard Yard and down Oxford Street one block. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the large brick building on your right, just an eight-minute walk from Harvard Square.
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 museum is less than a mile from Porter Square.
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. View the Bluebikes map to locate the bike docking station across the street from the museum entrance.
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.
There are commercial parking garages in Harvard Square; however, the museum cannot validate parking for those businesses.
University Permit Parking
Limited parking is available for museum visitors in nearby University-operated garages including the 52 Oxford Street Garage, located at the intersection of Everett and Oxford Street. Permits must be purchased in advance. Day permits (valid until 11:00 pm) can be purchased online up to two weeks in advance and range in price between $10 to $19 per pass. All major credit cards are accepted and sales are final. For customer service related to the purchase of permits, please contact the Harvard Parking Office at (617) 496-7827.
Weekend permits for the 52 Oxford Street Garage can be online or in purchased in person at the museum's admission desk for $10. A license plate number is required for purchase.
Purchasing a parking pass online
Before proceeding to the online form, please note the following:
- Go to Harvard University Operations Services.
- Register as a "Visitor"
- Search Parking
- Select the reason for your visit from the drop-down menu, such as Museum Tour, Event, or Other
- Enter the desired date
- In the Harvard University Destination field, enter Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Select a parking location. The 52 Oxford Street Garage (52 Oxford Street) is the closest to . The 52 Oxford Street Garage is open seven days a week, and Broadway is open on weekdays only.
- Add to Cart
- Click the Cart icon in the upper right to pay
- Print out the permit
- Remember to bring your printed permit when you park
Please contact Harvard University Disabilities Services, or call (617) 495-1859 for parking options.
Tour and School Buses
Tour and school buses must get detailed bus parking instructions from the Education Department by calling reservations at (617) 495-2341.