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The McGovern Institute for Brain Research is located within the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex (Bldg 46), close to Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The main entrance to the McGovern Institute is located on Main Street between Vassar and Albany Streets. (See map). Our headquarters are located on the third floor atrium level in room 3160. To reach our staff, visit our administrative staff directory. The central MIT directory contains contact information for all MIT faculty, staff, and researchers.


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Information about parking, as well as directions to the McGovern Institute by car, subway, and GPS can be found below.

By subway

Take the Red Line to Kendall Square and walk west on Main Street 2 blocks to cross Ames Street and then Vassar Street. The McGovern entrance is on the left, just after the train tracks. For more information about getting to the MIT campus via public transportation visit the MIT directions page. Subway schedules and maps can be found on the MBTA site.

Driving from the north

Directions from the north From 93 South, take exit 26 (Storrow Drive). Immediately get into the right-hand lane and proceed approximately 1/2 mile to the Government Center/Kendall Square off-ramp on the left. Go up the ramp, turn right at the light onto the Longfellow Bridge and proceed through the intersection at the end of the bridge, directly onto Broadway. Turn left at the Broadway/Ames Street intersection onto Ames Street. Turn right at the Ames/Main street intersection onto Main Street. Follow Main Street across Vassar Street. The main entrance to the McGovern Institute is located on the left-hand side of Main Street, just after the train tracks. Metered parking is also available on Main Street, Vassar Street, and Albany Street.

Driving from the south

From 93 North, take exit 26 (Storrow Drive). Immediately get into the right-hand lane and proceed approximately 1/2 mile to the Government Center/Kendall Square off-ramp on the left. Go up the ramp, turn right at the light onto the Longfellow Bridge and proceed through the intersection at the end of the bridge, directly onto Broadway. Turn left at the Broadway/Ames Street intersection onto Ames Street. Turn right at the Ames/Main street intersection onto Main Street. Follow Main Street across Vassar Street. The main entrance to the McGovern Institute is located on the left-hand side of Main Street, just after the train tracks. Metered parking is also available on Main Street, Vassar Street, and Albany Street.

Driving from the Mass Pike (I-90) East

From the Mass Pike (I-90), take exit 18 (Allston) and move into the right lane. Turn right onto Storrow Drive North (Memorial Drive) and proceed approximately 2 miles to the Government Center/Kendall Square turn-off. Follow the Government Center/Kendall Square turn-off and go over the Longfellow Bridge. Proceed through the intersection at the end of the bridge, directly onto Broadway. Turn left at the Broadway/Ames Street intersection onto Ames Street. Turn right at the Ames/Main street intersection onto Main Street. Follow Main Street across Vassar Street. The main entrance to the McGovern Institute is located on the left-hand side of Main Street, just after the train tracks. Metered parking is also available on Main Street, Vassar Street, and Albany Street.

Driving from Logan Airport

Exit Logan Airport and take the Mass Pike (I-90) West. At exit 24, merge onto I-93 North. Follow I-93 North for two miles and take exit 26 for Storrow Drive. Immediately get into the right-hand lane and proceed approximately 1/2 mile to the Government Center/Kendall Square off-ramp on the left. Go up the ramp, turn right at the light onto the Longfellow Bridge and proceed through the intersection at the end of the bridge, directly onto Broadway. Turn left at the Broadway/Ames Street intersection onto Ames Street. Turn right at the Ames/Main street intersection onto Main Street. Follow Main Street across Vassar Street. The main entrance to the McGovern Institute is located on the left-hand side of Main Street, just after the train tracks. Metered parking is also available on Main Street, Vassar Street, and Albany Street. Approximate drive time is 15-30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Using GPS?

For automated driving directions, use the following address: 550 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139.

Silver Line (bus) from Logan Airport

The Silver Line is a bus rapid transit service that provides a direct connection from Logan Airport to South Station. Take the Silver Line (SL1) from the terminal at Logan Airport to South Station. Take the Red Line inbound at South Station and proceed four stops to Kendall Square. Walk two blocks west on Main Street and cross Ames Street and Vassar Street. The McGovern Institute entrance is on the left, just after the train tracks.

Parking

The nearest garage is the Marriott Parking Garage on Broadway. You may also park in the Tech Square Garage, which is located north of the McGovern Institute across Main Street. A few parking spots are reserved for handicapped visitors and volunteers for research studies. These spots are located adjacent to the rear of the building and can be accessed from Vassar Street. Prior permission must be obtained before using these parking spots. Metered parking is also available on Main Street, Vassar Street, and Albany Street.

Taxis

Taxis are normally available outside the Marriott hotel entrances on Main Street and Broadway.

Other Information

General information about visiting MIT, including a list of nearby hotels, can be found here.

 

Our main entrance (red arrow) is located on Main Street, between Albany and Vassar Streets in Cambridge.

Photos: Kent Dayton

  • Street address
    McGovern Institute
    Main Street @ Albany Street
    Cambridge, MA 02139
  • MIT campus address
    Building 46-3160
  • Mailing address
    McGovern Institute
    MIT Bldg 46-3160
    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Courier address
    McGovern Institute
    MIT Bldg 46-3160
    43 Vassar Street
    Cambridge, MA 02139<
  • Telephone
    617-324-2077
  • Fax
    617-452-4119
  • Email
    mcgovern@mit.edu
  • Website
    mcgovern.mit.edu