Driving directions to the Music Building/Music Library
Note: To use a GPS or mapping software, use the address "1 Oxford Street" to locate Paine Hall. The Hall does not have a street address, but this is the address for the Science Center, which abuts the Music Building.
Parking: Free parking is sometimes available for SOME Paine Hall concerts. Please check your concert listing to see if parking is available, and which garage. Metered parking is available on Oxford, Kirkland, and several other nearby streets (every day except Sunday). Additionally, paid parking lots are available in Harvard Square.
Coming from the MA Turnpike
Take the Cambridge/Brighton/Allston exit and follow the ramp signs to Cambridge. After the bridge over the Charles River, turn left onto Memorial Drive. At the second light turn right onto JFK Street. You will go through a few sets of lights before coming to Harvard Square. Continue through Harvard Square (past Out of Town News on your right), but stay in the left lane. The road divides; bear left (the sign says Massachusetts Avenue/Arlington). Then stay to the right and bear right at the next divide in the road (there will be a traffic light with right arrow). You are now on Massachusetts Avenue heading north.Turn right onto Everett Street. Follow Everett Street to the end and take a right onto Oxford Street. Paine Hall is directly behind the Science Center at the corner where Oxford Street becomes Kirkland Ave.
Meters are in effect until 6pm OR 8pm (check to be sure which one you have), then they're free. All metered spaces are free on Sundays.
The MBTA Red Line
Take the red line to Harvard. Exit onto Massachusetts Avenue and head through Harvard Yard towards the Science Center. Go into the Science Center and turn left at the information desk (after the Greenhouse Cafe). When you exit the Science Center, Paine Hall will be immediately to your right. HINT: The MBTA provides inexpensive parking at its Alewife Station. The Harvard Square stop is 4 stops from Alewife.
Finding Paine Hall
From Oxford Street
As you walk up Oxford Street, the Peabody Museum is on your left. Up a bit, and on your right at the bend in the road, is the Science Center. Walk into the Science Center and take a right at the information desk. Go out the Science Center doors and find the Music Building directly in front of you. Walk through the building until you can't go any further and climb the stairs to Paine Hall, which is on the second floor.
From Massachusetts Avenue
Paine Hall is at the back of a small quadrangle behind both the Littauer building and the small, white Gannett house directly opposite the Cambridge Common.
From the Science Center
You will find the Music Building if you walk directly through the Science Center (the building with the rock fountain out in front). Come through the front door, take a left at the information booth, and exit the Science Center. Paine Hall will be about 20 steps to your right.
From Sanders Theatre
Follow Kirkland Street past Sanders Theatre. At the "elbow" where Kirkland becomes Oxford Street you'll see the Science Center. Enter the Science Center, take a right at the information booth and exit the Science Center. You'll be standing in front of the Mason Music Building. Come through the front door and follow the hallway through the building to Paine Hall, on the second floor.
Finding the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library and the Davison Room
Once you are in the Music Building
If you enter the Music Building from the Paine Hall side, proceed through the lobby and into the corridor. Follow the corridor until you come to the opposite end of the building; the Library will be on your left. Enter the library, pass to the left of the circulation desk, pass several copiers and head for the stairs. Climb to the second floor: the Davison Room will be ahead of you, and is marked above the door.
If you enter the building through the Mason side, the library will be immediately on your right (past the reception area).