Visit Perkins

people visiting the famous Perkins Globe on a tour at Perkins

Maps & Directions

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From the Massachusetts Turnpike, also known as I-90 (traveling east or west), take Exit 17 and follow the signs marked "Watertown," which lead to Galen Street. Follow Galen Street, crossing the bridge, to Watertown Square. Bear right (not the hardest right that leads along the river) onto North Beacon Street (Route 20). Follow North Beacon Street for about one-half mile to the Perkins campus (located on the right). Pass the campus and turn right onto Beechwood Avenue. The main parking lot is on the right. First-time visitors without an appointment should proceed to the Howe Building (main building with the tower) and check-in with the Switchboard.


From the Green Line:
At Kenmore Station in Boston, take Bus #57, marked Watertown. Get off at the last stop, Watertown Square. Cross the bridge and stay to the right, following North Beacon Street (Route 20). The campus is one-half mile on the right. (Travel time: about one hour.)

From the Red Line:
At Harvard Square in Cambridge, take Bus #71, marked "Watertown." Get off at the last stop. With your back to the river, walk to the right following North Beacon Street (Route 20). Follow North Beacon Street for about one-half mile to the Perkins campus located on the right. (Travel time: about 45 minutes.)

From Green Street and Prospect Street in Central Square (Cambridge):
Take Bus #70, usually marked "Cedarwood." A few minutes after the Arsenal Mall, get off at Beechwood Avenue (tell driver in advance). Follow Beechwood Avenue to the left for one block. The Perkins campus is located on the right at the intersection of Beechwood Avenue and North Beacon Street. (Travel time: about 45 minutes.)

Request An Admissions Tour

Families of potential students should arrange tours through the Admissions Office. Requests for tours that include observations of classrooms or cottages are otherwise not permitted.

Request A Museum Tour

Perkins offers historic tours to the general public, including school, college, church and scout groups, international educators and government and corporate supporters.

The Perkins Then and Now tour (60 minutes) focuses on the Perkins Museum in our historic Howe Building. Want something more comprehensive? A longer tour (90 minutes to 2 hours) includes visits to our Assistive Device Center and/or Tactile Museum.

Tours are appropriate for people aged 10 and up and groups of no more than 20. Special arrangements may be made for larger groups or younger children.

Tours take place on weekdays. Weekend tours may be arranged under special circumstances.

Tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a tour, please fill out this form.

Contact Linda Oleson in the Volunteer Office 617-972-7233 or if you have any questions.