Getting Here

The MIT List Visual Arts Center is located in the Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, at the eastern edge of the MIT campus. It is in close proximity to Kendall Square, Memorial Drive, and the Longfellow Bridge in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Public Transportation

By Subway

Take the MBTA Red Line to the Kendall/MIT station. The List is a short walk from the stop: follow Main Street west to Ames Street, turn left, and walk about one block to the cross walk.  The List, housed in a building identifiable by its white gridded exterior, will be on your left. Signage is on the building.

By Bus

MBTA 64, 68, 85, and CT2 buses stop nearby at Kendall Station on Main Street. Exit at Kendall Station, and follow the above directions for the short walk to 20 Ames Street.

MBTA 1 and CT1 buses stop at 77 Massachusetts Avenue on MIT’s West Campus. Exit at this stop, enter the Main Group of buildings and travel through the Infinite Corridor towards the East Campus.  Cross Ames Street, and the List is directly ahead.

EZRide Shuttle

The EZRide Shuttle connects transit and worksites for commuters to Kendall Square, East Cambridge, MIT, and Cambridgeport. EZRide provides high-frequency service connecting North Station, Lechmere and Kendall Square to member businesses and employers throughout eastern Cambridge.

EZRide Shuttles stop at Kendall Station on Main Street. Exit the shuttle, and follow the above directions for the short walk to 20 Ames Street.

By Bike

Cambridge, MA is known as an extremely bikable city, with 16 miles of bicycle lanes citywide.  Biking is an environmentally-friendly way to visit the List. Ample bike racks surround our gallery entrances for visitors who plan to travel by bike.


Visitors can rent bikes at Hubway stations across Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville for travel to the List.  Bike docks are located nearby at Kendall Station at Main Street, and Vassar Street at Main Street; both are short walks to Ames Street. Visit Hubway’s site for pricing and details. MIT employees and students are eligible for subsidized Hubway memberships.

By Car

To visit us by car, please plan your trip using 20 Ames Street, Cambridge MA, 02139 as your end destination. Visit Google Maps to plan a detailed route of travel.


Public parking is available at 4 Cambridge Center, located next to the Marriott Hotel, with entrances on Ames Street and Broadway. Additional parking is available at the Cambridge Center West Garage, located on Ames Place, between the Broad Institute/Seven Cambridge Center and the Residential Inn by Marriott (both garage entrances are located on Ames Street). Parking is also available on campus after business hours and on weekends; visit MIT Parking and Transportation to find out more. 

The List welcomes all visitors to our galleries, events, and programs, and we provide resources and accommodations free of charge to make exhibitions and special events more accessible.

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The List galleries and building are wheelchair accessible. Visitors in wheelchairs can access the List from the ramp on Ames Street. The entrance to the first floor closest to Ames Street––directly across from the ramp––is equipped with swinging power doors.

As the List’s public art collection is located in exterior and interior spaces across the Institute, accessing certain spaces can provide some challenges for visitors with limited mobility. For a comprehensive guide to accessible locations across campus, please visit MIT Student Disability Services, or refer to the MIT Campus Accessbility Map to plan your route.

Portable, folding stools are available upon request for use in our galleries. Visitors can request a stool from Visitor Services staff.

Handicapped-accessible parking is located nearby at the intersection of Ames and Amherst Streets.

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Large print versions of wall text and exhibition labels in our galleries are available at the front desk. Visitors can request a copy of these texts from Visitor Services staff.

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Bartos Theater is an auditorium located on the Lower Atrium level of our building that is frequently used for the List’s events and programs. Visitors can use the elevator located across from the List’s galleries to access the lower level.

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Assisted Listening Devices are available upon request for events and programs in Bartos Theater.