Contact Us

Mailing Address
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Mailbox 74
Cambridge, MA 02138
Main Telephone: 617.495.0557

Physical Address
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Harvard Kennedy School
124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Directions

The Kennedy School’s campus is located near Harvard Square, Cambridge, in four buildings next to the Charles River. The Ash Center's office is located in 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North.

If you are planning to visit us, the school is easily accessible from the region’s main transport hubs, convenient to the MBTA, the area’s extensive public transport system, and easy to get to by car.

By Plane

The Kennedy School is only a few miles away from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

A taxi ride from the airport should take 20-30 minutes and cost approximately $35.

To use public transportation, take the free MBTA shuttle bus to Airport Station, and then transfer to the Subway (or T, as it is more commonly known). Take the inbound Blue Line train (direction Bowdoin) four stops to Government Center. Change to any outbound Green Line train (direction Boston College, Cleveland Circle, Riverside, or Heath Street) for one stop to Park Street Station. Change to the outbound Red Line train (direction Alewife) for four stops to Harvard Square. Follow the maps for walking directions. The subway ride costs $2 and takes about 45 minutes.

If you are driving yourself from the airport, please follow the directions "From Logan" in the "By Car" section.

By Train or Taxi

The Kennedy School is convenient to Boston’s three main Amtrak stations.

From South Station a taxi ride should take 15-20 minutes and cost approximately $20. South Station is also convenient to Cambridge via subway. Take the Red Line (direction Alewife) six stops to Harvard Square. The subway ride should take about 15 minutes and costs $2.

From North Station a taxi ride should take 15-20 minutes and cost approximately $20.

If you wish to take public transport take any outbound Green Line train (direction Boston College, Cleveland Circle, Riverside, or Heath Street) for three stops to Park Street. Change to the outbound Red Line train (direction Alewife) for four stops to Harvard Square. Follow the maps for walking directions. The subway ride costs $2 and takes about 25 minutes.

From Back Bay Station a taxi ride should take 10-15 minutes and cost approximately $15.

If you wish to take the subway, take the Orange line inbound (direction Oak Grove) for three stops to Downtown Crossing. Change to the outbound Red Line train (direction Alewife) for five stops to Harvard Square. Follow the maps for walking directions. The subway ride costs $2 and takes about 25 minutes.

Walking from Harvard Square Subway Station

The Kennedy School is a quick walk from Harvard Square Station. Take the Church Street Exit and turn left on Church Street. Turn right on Brattle Street and left on Story Street. The 124 Mount Auburn building is located directly across the street. Enter the front lobby and take the elevators to the second floor. The Ash Center is located in Suite 200, the first office to your left as you exit the elevator.

By Car

By Car from Logan Airport
Exit Logan Airport and follow the signs to I-90 West. Take exit 20, Brighton/Cambridge. Stay right after the toll and follow Cambridge signs for Storrow Drive West. At the traffic light (Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel will be on your right) take a left onto Soldiers Field Road. Follow for approximately one-half mile. Take Harvard Square - Cambridge exit and follow it across the Charles River. Continue straight through the first traffic light. You will now be on John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

By Car from Route 128 or I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike)
Take Route 128 to the Mass Pike East. Take exit 18, Allston/Brighton (exits left). Stay right after the toll and follow Cambridge signs to Storrow Drive West. At the traffic light (Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel will be on your right) take a left onto Soldiers Field Road. Follow for approximately one-half mile. Take Harvard Square - Cambridge exit and follow it across the Charles River. Continue straight through the first traffic light. You will now be on John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

By Car from Route 2
Follow Route 2 East to Cambridge, it changes from a major highway to a four-lane thoroughfare. You will travel from Alewife Brook Parkway, to Fresh Pond Parkway and eventually Memorial Drive, but the road will still be marked as Route 2 East. Once you reach the Charles River, turn left onto Memorial Drive (at the Charles River). Turn left again at the sign marked "Harvard Square," which is John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

NOTE: Memorial Drive is closed to traffic on Sundays from 11a.m.-7p.m. (The closure is in effect from the last Sunday in April until the second Sunday in November.) During this time, you will need to take Storrow Drive (across the Charles River) and follows signs for Harvard Square.

By Car from the North - Routes 95, 1 or 93
Follow Route 95 South to Route 1 South. Route 1 continues for several miles, crosses the Tobin Bridge and then merges with Route 93 South. Once on 93 South, take exit 26 and follow signs for Storrow Drive West. Stay to the right on Storrow Drive for approximately 4 miles. Take Harvard Square - Cambridge exit and follow it across the Charles River. Continue straight through the first traffic light. You will now be on John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

By Car from the South - Routes 93, 1 or 3
Follow Routes 93/1/3 North to Mass Pike West (towards Worcester). Take exit 20, Allston/Brighton. Stay right after the toll and follow Cambridge signs to Storrow Drive West. At the traffic light (Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel will be on your right) take a left onto Soldiers Field Road. Follow for approximately one-half mile. Take Harvard Square - Cambridge exit and follow it across the Charles River. Continue straight through the first traffic light. You will now be on John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

Parking

Finding metered parking in Harvard Square is extremely difficult. We suggest using Public Parking. There are garages on Eliot Street directly opposite the school, as well as at the Charles Hotel, and on University Place. (See Map 1). Daily parking rates at these garages is about $20. Visitor parking is also available for $10 from Harvard University Parking Services.

Harvard lots are further from the school, though generally served by free shuttles.

Hotels in the Area

The following hotels are located in Harvard Square and are within walking distance of the Kennedy School:

The Charles Hotel
www.charleshotel.com
1-800-882-1818

The Sheraton Commander Hotel
www.sheratoncommander.com
1-888-627-7121

The Harvard Square Hotel
www.harvardsquarehotel.com
1-800-458-5886

The Inn at Harvard Square
www.theinnatharvard.com
1-800-458-5886

There are many other hotels in Boston that are a quick subway or bus ride away.

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