Directions to the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology at the MGH Main Campus

We are on the seventh floor of the Richard B. Simches Research Building, located at 185 Cambridge Street in Boston. Access to the laboratories is restricted at the building entry at street level and in the elevators.

From Cambridge Street the Simches Center is hidden by the smaller building at 175 Cambridge Street in front of it; to get to our building, enter the parking lot and proceed to the large glass building that spans the back of the lot.

To get to the Simches Research Building follow one of the options below:

Subway
Red Line
At the MBTA Red Line Charles/MGH stop exit to the side marked “hospitals” (cross street toward the right as you exit the station) and proceed up Cambridge Street away from the river on the left side of the street. Past the intersection of Blossom and Cambridge (the Holiday Inn, three blocks up Cambridge Street) is a large glass building followed by an above-ground entrance to a parking lot. Enter the parking lot and proceed to the Simches Research Building, the large building in front of you. The name is over the entrance.

Green Line
Exit at Government Center. Follow Cambridge Street away from Government Center towards Massachusetts General Hospital to 185 Cambridge Street (on right), Charles River Plaza. Simches Research Center is located next door to CVS.

Car
From the west via the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), take the exit marked Allston/Brighton and bear right, following the signs to Storrow Drive East. Make a right at the first traffic light onto Storrow Drive East. After approximately 3 miles, take the Government Center exit. Follow signs to Downtown and Government Center (Cambridge Street). After the 3rd set of lights, look for the Wyndham Hotel and the Charles River Plaza/Whole Foods on the left. Take a left into either of the parking garages, underground or in the plaza.

From the south via the Southeast Expressway (I-93), take Exit 26, marked Storrow Drive/Cambridge. Continue onto Storrow Drive West and take the Government Center Exit (on the left). Follow signs to Downtown and Government Center (Cambridge Street). After the 3rd set of lights, look for the Wyndham Hotel and the Charles River Plaza/Whole Foods on the left. Take a left into either of the parking garages, underground or in the plaza.

From the north via I-93 or Route 1, take the Storrow Drive exit. Once on Storrow Drive West, the Government Center exit is the first exit, and is a left lane exit. Follow signs to Downtown and Government Center (Cambridge Street). After the 3rd set of lights, look for the Wyndham Hotel and the Charles River Plaza/Whole Foods on the left. Take a left into either of the parking garages, underground or in the plaza.

From the MGH Parking Garage to Simches
Exiting the garage, turn right on Parkman Street (parallels Cambridge Street), proceed one block and cross Blossom Street to enter the west end of the Simches Research Building. Go in the doors, up the stairs to the right, outside, and take a left along the sidewalk that abuts the parking lot. The entrance to the building is past the second revolving door. There is a security desk staffed 24 hours a day; you will have to show identification and arrange to call someone to be let in. Tara Thurber (617-643-0699) is likely to be around during business hours.

Cab from Logan Airport
Provide the street address, 185 Cambridge Street, near Government Center. If the driver has trouble identifying where this is, tell him or her that it is just up the street from the Holiday Inn. There are several buildings at the same approximate address. The most visible from the street is 175 Cambridge, which is a three-story glass building. The Simches Research Building is behind this, across the parking lot behind 175 Cambridge.

Shuttle from 65 Landsdowne Street/MIT
There are two vans that depart at the same time so it is important to make sure that you get in the one that has MGH written on the side. The vans are white and depart from near the collection of rocks in a cluster outside 65 Landsdowne, and make a stop at MIT on Mass Ave just past the principal crosswalk in front of the main administration building. Upon arriving at MGH, walk around the corner (in the direction of the shuttle’s movement), following Blossom street towards Cambridge. The entrance to the Simches bldg is on the left side of the street just before the Holiday Inn. Go in the doors, up the stairs to the right, outside and take a left along the sidewalk that fronts the parking lot. The entrance to the building is past the second revolving door. There is a security desk staffed 24 hours a day; you will have to show identification and arrange to call someone to be let in. Tara Thurber (617-643-0699) is likely to be around during business hours.

Shuttle from Navy Yard
On the MGH side, the drop-off (and pick-up) is on Blossom Street, between the Jackson doors and the loading dock. Walk around the corner (in the direction of the shuttle’s movement), following Blossom street towards Cambridge. The entrance to the Simches bldg is on the left side of the street just before the Holiday Inn. Go in the doors, up the stairs to the right, outside and take a left along the sidewalk that fronts the parking lot. The entrance to the building is past the second revolving door. There is a security desk staffed 24 hours a day; you will have to show identification and arrange to call someone to be let in. Tara Thurber (617-643-0699) is likely to be around during business hours.

Directions to the labs at 38 Sidney Street, Cambridge

The labs at 38 Sidney Street are located on the first floor, Suite 100. The building is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 5:30pm and there is a security guard in the lobby of the building at those times. At other times you must contact someone in the labs to be let into the building.

Subway
Take the Red line to the Central Square stop. If you are approaching Central Square on the outbound track (headed to Alewife), after you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave (the main thoroughfare under which the subway runs) turn left and proceed three blocks in the direction opposite to that in which you had been traveling in the subway. There is a fire station on the right, after which the first street is Sidney Street, which extends to the right and does not cross Mass. Ave. 38 Sidney is in the middle of the third block, on the left. If you arrive at Central Square on the inbound track (headed to Dorchester/Ashmont) remain on the side of the street from which you exited the subway and proceed in the direction that subway had been headed past the fire station, etc. as above.

Car
If you come from west of Cambridge, say from the turnpike, take the left exit #18, onto Cambridge Street toward Cambridge. After about ½ mile Cambridge Street becomes River Street. Go to the end of River Street and turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue. Go three blocks and turn right onto Sidney Street that is just past the fire station on the right. Take the first left onto Green Street and park in the garage on the right just past the Hotel@MIT. After parking exit the garage on the other side, which is Franklin Street, and walk to the right to Sidney Street and turn left. The building you are walking past on your left is 38 Sidney Street and the entrance is about a half a block down.

If you come from south of Cambridge, take the expressway (I-93) north to exit 26, marked Storrow Drive/Cambridge. Follow the exit keeping to the left at all options. The Government Center exit is the first exit on Storrow Drive and is a left lane exit. At the end of the exit, before entering the Charles traffic circle is a turn to the right onto the Longfellow Bridge, which takes you over the Charles River into Cambridge. After leaving the bridge go to the third traffic light, Fulkerson Street also signed as Galileo Galilei Way), and turn left. Go through the traffic light at Main Street and continue straight on Vassar Street. At the next traffic light turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue. Go through the first traffic light and turn left at the next street, Landsdowne. Take the second turn to the right onto Franklin Street and park in the garage on the right. From the garage walk to the right to Sidney Street and turn left. The building you are walking past on your left is 38 Sidney Street and the entrance is about a half a block down.

If you come from north of Cambridge, take the expressway (I-93) south to the Storrow Drive exit. Once on Storrow Drive, take the Government Center exit, which is the first exit, and is a left lane exit. At the end of the exit is an intersection before the subway station. Turn to the right onto the Longfellow Bridge, which takes you over the Charles River into Cambridge. After leaving the bridge go to the third traffic light, Fulkerson Street (also signed as Galileo Galilei Way), and turn left. Go through the traffic light at Main Street and continue straight on Vassar Street. At the next traffic light turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue. Go through the first traffic light and turn left at the next street, Landsdowne. Take the second turn to the right onto Franklin Street and park in the garage on the right. After parking exit the garage back onto Franklin Street and walk to the right to Sidney Street and turn left. The building you are walking past on your left is 38 Sidney Street and the entrance is about a half a block down.

Cab from Logan Airport
Provide the street address, 38 Sidney Street, Cambridge. If the driver has trouble identifying where this is, tell him or her that it one block from the Hotel@MIT.

Shuttle from MGH to 65 Landsdowne
The shuttle departs every half hour from 7 am to 7 pm from the entrance to the Jackson building on Blossom Street. It is a 12-passenger van and will have a sign saying 65 Landsdowne on the front passenger door. The van will first go to the Broad Institute, and then possibly to MIT if there is anyone on board who needs to go there. Its final stop is 65 Landsdowne. As you exit the van the back entrance to 38 Sidney Street (also known as the Clark Building) is located diagonally across the courtyard from a cluster of rocks embedded in the brick near the shuttle stop. Inside 38 Sidney, the labs are past the elevators down a corridor extending to the right. The main lab entrance is the first door on the left, and has a doorbell and a keypad system.

Shuttle from the Charlestown Navy Yard
There is no direct shuttle from the Navy Yard to 38 Sidney. You will need to take the shuttle to MGH and transfer to the Shuttle to 65 Landsdowne. On the MGH side, the Navy Yard to MGH shuttle drop-off (and pick-up) is on Blossom Street, between the Jackson doors and the loading dock. The Shuttle to 65 Landsdowne leaves from in front of the Jackson doors. (See above)

Revised on 2016-03-18 15:29:52 UTC