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Directions & Parking

By Car


Take "Sullivan Square/Charlestown" exit (#28). Go straight to the set of traffic lights. At rotary, turn onto Rutherford Avenue and drive past Bunker Hill Community College. At second traffic light, turn left onto Chelsea Street. Follow directions below.


Follow Rte. 1S over Tobin Bridge. Take Charlestown/Somerville exit. At traffic light, turn right onto Rutherford Avenue. At traffic light, turn left onto Chelsea Street. Follow directions below.


Take the I-93 North tunnel. Stay in the right lane. Take exit (#23) (Govt. Center/Aquarium). After exit, follow the sign for North Station. Proceed straight onto N. Washington Street and across the Bridge. Turn right at end of the bridge onto Chelsea Street. Follow directions below.


Take Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to the end. Take 1-93N and follow "From South" directions.

On Chelsea Street: Continue along Chelsea Street to the second traffic light and turn right onto Constitution Road.  Look for the Nautica Garage public parking entrance on the right. Although public transportation is strongly recommended, discounted parking with Boston National Historical Park validation (which is offered at the Museum) is available at the Nautica Parking Garage.

For those with GPS Navigation: The Nautica Parking Garage is located at 88 Constitution Road, in Charlestown, MA 02129.


Continue on Chelsea Street to first traffic light and turn right onto Warren Street. Make a left turn at the stop sign onto Constitution Road. Drop students off in front of the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park, Gate 1 (students can walk in through Gate 1). To Park, continue on Constitution Road and make a right turn onto Chelsea Street. Take Chelsea to the end (under the Tobin Bridge), travel over a small water channel onto Terminal Street, and follow signs for bus parking on fence to Moran Terminal Autoport, 100 Terminal Street.  Turn right into Mystic Pier 1 property and proceed to Station 1. Wait for attendant. Fee is $10 for school buses and $20 for coach buses per bus per day. No children allowed at bus parking.

By Public Transportation

MBTA Water Shuttle

Frequent service runs daily from Long Wharf (near the New England Aquarium). From the Water Shuttle's Charlestown pier, walk down to the end of the pier and take a left into the Charlestown Navy Yard. The Museum is the building on the left as you enter the Navy Yard.

Commuter Rail (Points South, West & East)

Old Colony & Fairmont Lines to South Station: From South Station take the Red Line (2 stops) to the Park Street stop and switch to the Green Line Eastbound (3 stops) to the North Station stop (see below for walking instructions) OR from South Station walk down Atlantic Avenue 5 blocks to Long Wharf by the New England Aquarium from which you can take the MBTA Water Shuttle to the Charlestown Navy Yard.

From all other Southside Lines: Get off at Back Bay Station and take the Orange Line directly to North Station (see below for walking instructions).

Commuter Rail (Points North): Directly into North Station (see below for walking instructions).

MBTA Subway

Take the Green or Orange line to North Station. Walk east on Causeway Street towards the Zakim Bridge/North End. At first light (N. Washington Street), turn left and cross the Charlestown Bridge. Follow Freedom Trail Red Line to the Charlestown Navy Yard and enter through Gate 1. Museum is in Building 22.


Take Bus #93 from the Haymarket or Sullivan Square Station to Charlestown Navy Yard stop.

For MBTA schedule and system information, please click here.