John Knowles Paine
Concert Hall

Current Concerts & Events
History of Paine Hall [pdf]
Directions to Paine Hall

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, located on the second floor of the Fanny Peabody Mason Music Building at Harvard, was completed in 1914 and named for Harvard's first Professor of Music. Paine Hall's design was realized with the professional expertise of acoustician Wallace C. Sabine, who was known for his contribution to the construction of Symphony Hall in 1900. The Hall was renovated in 2011.

Paine Hall is wheelchair accessible by ramp and elevator to the second floor. A wheelchair lift provides access to the Paine Hall stage. An accessible bathroom is also available. Special seating to accommodate wheelchairs requires advance notice.





Paine Hall Directions and Parking

GPS or mapping software: enter "3 Oxford Street"

The Music Building, including Paine Hall, the Loeb Music Library and the Davison Room, are located directly behind the Science Center in Harvard's North Yard.

Free parking is available for SOME Paine Hall concerts. Please check your concert listing to see if parking is available, and at which garage. Metered parking is available on Oxford, Kirkland, and several other nearby streets until 8pm (every day except Sunday, when meters are free). Additionally, paid parking lots are available in Harvard Square.

Driving directions to the Music Building/Music Library

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.

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. 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. Paine Hall is on the second floor at the top of a grand staircase.

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.