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Welcome to the MGH Institute's beautiful Charlestown Navy Yard campus, the hub for your health professions continuing and graduate education. Our convenient location is easily accessible via subway/commuter rail, bus, ferry, or car.
Please note that due to the street numbering used around the Charlestown Navy Yard, Mapquest, Google Maps and other online map services and GPS will lead you astray.
To get accurate locations for map services use these search terms for the institute's locations:
- For the Shouse Building: 36 First Avenue, Boston 02129
- For the Research Labs: 79 13th Street, Boston, MA 02129
- For 2CW: 2 Constitution Plaza, Charlestown, MA 02129
- For 1CW: 1 Constitution Plaza, Charlestown, MA 02129
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 then take the first right onto Warren Street, and then left on Constitution Road. The Center is on the right about two blocks down, just before the Gate One entrance to the Boston Navy Yard.
Follow Route 1S over Tobin Bridge ($3 toll). Take the "Charlestown/Somerville" exit. At the first light, turn right onto Rutherford Avenue and bear immediately into the left-turn lane. At the light, turn left onto Chelsea Street then take the first right onto Warren Street, then left on Constitution Road.
Take the Government Center exit, Exit 23. Stay in the right-hand lane. Bear right as you exit the tunnel. At the 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 the bridge turn right onto Chelsea Street, take the first right onto Warren Street, then turn left onto Constitution Road.
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 take the third left onto Warren Street, then left onto Constitution Road.
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to I-93 North. Follow the directions for "From the South via I-93," above.
Alternative Transport Methods
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 Mass General Brigham shuttle, a Blue Bike, or walk to our campus.
MBTA Bus #93 (Sullivan Square) From Downtown Crossing or Haymarket. This bus stops at the corner of Warren and Chelsea Streets for convenient access to 2CW. It also stops at 5th and Chelsea Streets for a short two-block walk to the Shouse Building.
The MGB Shuttles are free for anyone to use. One goes between Mass General Hospital (MGH) and the Charlestown Navy Yard (CNY), with stops at North Station. The other goes between North Station and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, which is also in the Navy Yard.
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.
There are two shuttle routes for the Charlestown Navy Yard:
The Spaulding Express is the most convenient choice if you are going to Building 79/96.
From North Station: The shuttle stops at North Station on Haverhill Street at the corner of Causeway Street across the street from the TD Garden. Take a shuttle labeled Spaulding Express. This makes only one stop, by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
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 Research Labs.
- The shuttle stop is on 3rd Avenue at the corner of 16th Street
- Walk 1 block down 3rd Avenue to 13th Street.
- Cross the street.
- Head north (to the right, towards Chelsea Street) 1 block.
- Building 79/96 is the last building on the left before Chelsea Street.
From Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass Gen)
Take any 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 at the intersection with Causeway Street across the street from the TD Gardens, on its way to the Navy Yard. The Spaulding Express picks up at the same location. Shuttles coming from the Navy Yard also stop on Haverhill Street. MGH shuttles will display signs for MGH or CNY (Charlestown Navy Yard) to let you know the destination of a shuttle.
Directions from MGH/North Station/Charlestown Shuttle Stops to the MGH Institute:
For Building 79/96 get off at the last stop in front of Building 149 on 13th Street. The driver announces Building 149. Walk 1 block north (towards Chelsea Street) to Building 79/96.
To go from Once Constitution Wharf (1CW) or Two Constitution Wharf (2CW) to the research building, take the shuttle for "Gate 1" on Chelsea Street at the intersection with Constitution Road going towards the Navy Yard, then follow directions above.
To return to Boston from the Research Labs, the MGH shuttle stop is in front of Building 149 on 13th Street. The Spaulding Express picks up at the stop on 3rd Avenue.
The MGB shuttles are free to all riders.
The IHP is located in one of the most bikeable cities in the US. Visit Trailmap for help finding a path to campus. Nearby campus, the Charles River Locks and the North Washington Street Bridge make North Station easily accessible to bikers. The North Bank Pedestrian Bridge also connects Cambridge to Charlestown by providing bikers with a convenient path near the Lechmere MBTA station (Green subway line and buses) and 1 Kendall Square (near the Red subway line) in Cambridge.
See bike racks, bike cages, bike repair stations and shower/locker facilities.
More information on bicycle safety and security and registering your bike is located in our Campus Safety & Security section.
Students can choose to park their bike in either of the two bike cages located on campus. Instructions on how to sign up for each are shown below. Spots within the cages are available on a first come first serve basis.
- Building 36 (Shouse) Bike Cage: This cage is located on the East side of the Shouse building. Please open a help desk ticket with the numbers located on the back of your MGHIHP ID badge. Your badge will then be programmed to access/use the cage by scanning it at the entrance.
- MGH Building 199 Garage Bike Cage: Please contact MGH Commuter Services at commuterservices [at] partners.org for more information on how to access this bike cage.
Self-service bike repair stations are located inside Shouse by the building entrance door near the bike cage, in the MGH Building 199 garage, and outside 1 Constitution Wharf by the bike rack.
Bluebikes is Metro Boston's public bike share program with 3 stations located on the MGH IHP campus as well as over 200 additional stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. MGH Institute of Health Professions is a corporate partner of Bluebikes, with annual membership costing only $45 (a $119 value). Enter the program code RideMGHIHP to sign up. Download the app to find stations and see real-time bike & dock-availability.
The Navy Yard can be reached from Long Wharf, (Aquarium stop on the Blue line) via the Charlestown Ferry, Route F4. Long Wharf is within walking distance of South Station (Red line) and State Street (Orange, Blue lines).
The ferry drops passengers off at the end of Baxter Road on Pier 4. Walk up Pier 4 to First Avenue. The Shouse Building will be to the right. For 1CW and 2CW turn left onto First Avenue, walk through the active Navy Yard to Constitution Road. The entrance for 1CW and 2CW is 1 block up Constitution Road on the left, through red metal gates with a sign for 2CW.
The Charlestown ferry operates Monday through Friday, with more limited weekend service.
The Ferry is $3.70 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.
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.
From the Community College stop on the Orange Line, you have a 15-20 minute walk through historic Charlestown to the Navy Yard.
Parking at the Institute
Explore your options for parking at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.