Directions to the Shouse Building

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Photo of the Zakim Bridge approach to Charlestown

Arriving by Car

Please note that due to the street numbering used inside the Charlestown Navy Yard, Mapquest, Google Maps and other online map services often show "36 First Avenue" as being 1-2 blocks away from its actual location. To get accurate location for map services use as a search term: 36 First Avenue, Boston 02129.



Directions to the Shouse Building

From the North via I-93: Take exit 28 "Boston/Sullivan Square/Charlestown" to Maffa Way. Take a slight right onto Rutherford Avenue. Get in the left hand lane and turn left onto Chelsea Street. Follow Chelsea Street to the 3rd traffic light and turn right at 5th Street ("Gate 4"). Go one block, then turn left onto First Avenue.

From the North via Route 1 South: Follow Route 1S over Tobin Bridge ($3 toll). Take "Charlestown/Somerville" exit. At first light, turn right onto Rutherford Avenue and bear immediately into the left-turn lane. At the light, turn left onto Chelsea Street. Follow Chelsea Street to third traffic light and turn right at 5th Street ("Gate 4"). Go one block, then turn left onto First Avenue.

From the South via I-93: Take the Government Center, Exit 23. Stay in the right-hand lane. Bear right as you exit the tunnel.  At set of lights take a left onto Cross Street.  Turn slightly right onto Joe Tecce Way/North Washington Street. Go through two sets of lights.  Go over the bridge.  North Washington Street turns into Rutherford Street/MA-99. At the end of bridge turn right onto Chelsea Street. Follow Chelsea Street to third traffic light and turn right at 5th Street ("Gate 4"). Go one block, then turn left onto First Avenue.

Alternately, drivers wishing to avoid TD Garden (formerly the Fleet Center) event congestion, should stay on I-93 and pass over the Zakim Bridge to Exit 28, "Sullivan Square". At the end of the off ramp, head toward the Schrafft's building into the rotary, turn onto Bunker Hill Street and take it all the way to Chelsea Street. Turn right onto Chelsea Street and make an immediate left onto 5th Street ("Gate 4"). Go one block, (then turn left onto First Avenue.

From the West: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to I-93 North. Follow directions for "From the South via I-93," above.

Directions to the Main Parking Garage (Building 199) in Charlestown Navy Yard:

  • Follow the driving directions above to Chelsea Street.
  • Follow Chelsea Street to the fourth traffic light.
  • Turn right onto 13th Street.
  • Take the first left turn onto 5th Avenue.
  • The entrance to the Building 199 parking garage is on your right, in the first block.
  • See more information on visitor parking

Directions to Parking at 1CW and 2CW:

There is parking at the Nautica Garage across the street from 2CW. It is advisable to either take the Partners Shuttle or park in the garage in Building 199.

Walking Directions from Building 199 Parking Garage to the Shouse Building.

  • Go to the pedestrian exit of the parking garage, which is on 13th Street.
  • Turn left on 13th Street and walk two blocks to First Avenue.
  • Cross the street and turn right onto First Avenue.
  • Walk 2 1/2 blocks to Building 36. The entrance is halfway down the building and has an awning with "36" and the Institute's logo.

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Photo of the MBTA Orange Line

Arriving by Subway/Commuter Rail 

Take the commuter rail or either the Green or Orange subway line to North Station. Visit the official MBTA website for detailed transit information. If you are commuting by subway/commuter rail you should consider getting one of the real-time apps that track real-time schedules and disruptions.

From North station, take the Partners shuttle, a Blue Bike, or walk to our campus.


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Arriving by Public Bus #93

MBTA Bus #93 (Sullivan Square) From Downtown Crossing or Haymarket. This bus stops at 5th and Chelsea Streets for a short two-block walk to the Shouse Building. See the MBTA Schedule.



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Photo of Partners Shuttle at stop in Charlestown Navy Yard

Arriving by Partners Shuttles

The Partners Shuttles are free for anyone to use. One goes between Mass General Hospital and the Navy Yard, with stops at North Station. The other goes between North Station and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, which is also in the Navy Yard.

Partners Shuttle Schedules 
Shuttles run from 5:30 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. on weekdays, less frequently on weekends, and do not run on some holidays. See specifics at the linked page for Partners Shuttle Schedules.

There are two Partners shuttle routes for the Charlestown Navy Yard: 

  • MGH/North Station/Charlestown Navy Yard.
  • Spaulding Express: North Station/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown Navy Yard.

For directions to catch the MGH/North Station shuttle from 1CW & 2CW to buildings in the Navy Yard see Shuttle from 1CW and 2CW to Shouse Building, B34, B38, B39, and B79/96.

On the Shuttle Schedule page, choose either Massachusetts General Hospital or Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, depending on which schedule you want.

For the MGH Campus/North Station/Charlestown Navy Yard route:

  • To/From drop-down box: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Schedules drop-down box :
    • Weekdays: 2nd option: MGH Main Campus, North Stations, One Constitution Road, Charlestown Navy Yard
    • Weekends: last option: MGH Main Campus, North Stations, Charlestown Navy Yard

From Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass Gen)
Take any Partners shuttle displaying an "MGH/CNY" placard, which departs Mass Gen from the shuttle stop located between the Jackson Building doors and the Blossom Street loading dock (after 6:00 p.m., it moves to Gray Building doors).


  • Monday through Friday: Every 15 minutes 5:30 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.; every half hour 8:00 p.m.- 1:30 a.m.
  • Weekends: Every half hour 9:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

From MGH the shuttle stops at North Station on Haverhill Street across from the Garden, on its way to the Navy Yard. The Spaulding Express picks up at the same location. 

Directions from MGH/North Station/Charlestown Shuttle Stops to the Shouse Building:

  • For the Shouse Building get off at the second shuttle stop after North Station (or first on weekends), which is the intersection of Chelsea Street and 5th Street ("Gate 4"). From 5th Street, walk one block to the stop sign, then turn left onto First Avenue. The Shouse Building is one block on the right.

The Partners Shuttle for 1CW and 2CW: last shuttle Monday–Friday is 6:45 p.m.  There is no weekend shuttle service to 1CW/2CW.

Spaulding Express
For Spaulding Express (best choice if you are going to the Building 79/96)

  • To/From drop-down box: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston
  • From Schedule drop-down box: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston, North Station

From North Station: Take Partners shuttle labeled Spaulding Express. This makes only one stop, by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Schedule: The Spaulding Express shuttle runs approximately every 10 minutes during its schedule.

  • Monday through Friday: The shuttle operates between 6-9 a.m., and 3-6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: The shuttle operates between 5:30-9:00 a.m.
  • Holidays: The shuttle operates between 5:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Directions from Spaulding Express Shuttle Stop to the Shouse Building.

  • The shuttle stop is on 3rd Avenue at the corner of 16th Street
  • For Shouse Building
    • Go right on 16th street 1 block to First Avenue
    • Go right on First Avenue.
    • The Shouse Building is four blocks down on the left

To return to Boston from MGH Institute, the MGH shuttle stop for the Shouse Building is on the corner of First Avenue and 7th Street, across the street from 36 First Avenue. The shuttle stop for 1CW/2CW is Chelsea Street at the bus stop on the corner of Warren Avenue. The MGH shuttle also picks up at Building 149 on 13th Street. The Spaulding Express picks up at the stop on 3rd Avenue.

The Partners shuttles are free to all riders.

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Photo of the Inner Harbor Ferry to Charlestown Navy Yard

Arriving by Inner Harbor Ferry (from Long Wharf)

The Navy Yard can be reached from Long Wharf, (Aquarium stop on the Blue line) via the Inner Harbor Ferry, Route F4. Long Wharf is within walking distance of South Station (Red line) and State Street (Orange, Blue lines). PDF of F4 Schedule.

The ferry drops passengers off at the end of Baxter Road on Pier 3. Walk up Pier 3 to First Avenue. The Shouse Building will be to the right.

The Inner Harbor ferry operates Monday through Friday, with more limited weekend service.

Cost: Inner Harbor Ferry is $3.50 for adults, one way. Fare for Seniors and people with disabilities (with Charlie Transport Access Pass (TAP) Card) is half fare each way. See details of Reduced Fare programs.

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Photo of bike on Pier 4

Arriving by Bicycle

There is a Blue Bikes station in front of North Station, one near Building 2CW, at the corner of Warren Street and Constitution Road, and another by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital at the end of 1st Avenue. Bikes can be taken out of one station and brought to another.  View a map of other Bue Bike stations in the greater Boston area.

The Charles River Locks and the Charlestown/North Washington Street Bridge make North Station easily accessible to bikers. The newly opened North Bank Pedestrian Bridge provides bikers with a convenient path to Blue Bikes stations at the Lechmere MBTA station (Green line and buses), and 1 Kendall Square (convenient for the Red line) in Cambridge. Bicycle racks are located at Building 36, Building 39, and Building 2CW. It is suggested you use U-bar or chain locks instead of cable locks.

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Photo of pedestrian walk over the Charles River Locks

The Charles River Locks and the Charlestown/North Washington Street Bridge make North Station easily accessible to Charlestown pedestrians. These provide 15 to 20 minute scenic walks along the harbor front. 

The North Bank Pedestrian Bridge provides pedestrians with a convenient path to Cambridge and public buses 69, 80, 87 and 88 at Lechmere Station.


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