Plan your visit

Broad Discovery Center
Merkin Building Lobby, 415 Main St, Cambridge MA 02142
Yellow Garage
Kendall/MIT Red Line
Blue Bike Station
Kendall Square Red stop, photo by Kyle James

The Broad Discovery Center is one block from the Kendall/MIT station on the Red Line, and on the EZ-Ride, CT2, 64, 68, and 85 bus lines. For specific directions from your location, visit the MBTA. There is also a Blue Bikes station on the corner of Ames and Main Streets. 

Photo by Kyle James


Yellow parking garage

There are multiple pay lots in the surrounding area and parking fees vary. The nearest parking lot is the Yellow Garage at 75 Ames Street. The garage and Discovery Center are both wheelchair accessible. Limited street parking is available throughout Kendall Square. We do not offer parking validation.

Innovation Trail map

The Broad Discovery Center is located in the heart of Kendall Square and is surrounded by restaurants and cafes. The newly renovated MIT Museum and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT Public Galleries are both within easy walking distance. We are also one of nearly two dozen stops on the Innovation Trail, where you can stroll through the history of science, medicine, entrepreneurship, and technology in Cambridge and Boston. 


Learn more about Broad Discovery Center's accessibility features.

We aim to create the best visitor experience for all our guests. Below is a list of the accommodations currently available. We will be expanding this list as we learn more about our patrons. Contact us at if you have specific needs, questions, or suggestions.

  • The Broad Discovery Center is on the ground floor.
  • The main entrance door has push button access.
  • Two wheelchairs are available; inquire with the front desk or museum staff.
  • Seating is available throughout the exhibit space.

  • During staffed hours (Monday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm), our visitor experience assistant is available to explain exhibit content, including text, images, and videos.
  • Large print, high contrast handouts of exhibit text are available; inquire with museum staff during staffed hours.

  • All digital exhibits with sound have open captioned videos.
  • Assisted Listening Devices are available for tours or events during staffed hours. 

  • Multi-stall, gendered, and gender-inclusive restrooms are located in the lobby.
  • A private Mother’s Room is available; inquire with the front desk or museum staff.