We are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm; we are closed on official Boston University holidays.

Walk-ins are welcome, or contact SIF Operations Manager Heitor Mourato to arrange a tour:
Phone: (617) 353-5056

Mailing Address:

Boston University Physics Department
Scientific Instrument Facility
590 Commonwealth Avenue, Rm 255
Boston, MA 02215


The SIF is located at 3 Cummington Mall in the basement of the Physics Research Building. The building is behind Morse Auditorium, and across from the Metcalf Science Center.

<strong>PRB</strong>: Physics Research Building

PRB: Physics Research Building

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Closest MBTA Stop: Blandford St (Green Line B)
Closest Parking: Warren Towers Garage (Permits/Cash)
Closest BU Shuttle Stop: C4 (outbound), M4 (inbound)

Take the stairs down one flight to the basement level and make an immediate left. The SIF is in Room B09.

Taking the MBTA (Subway) from the airport:

  • Take the Silver line to South Station
  • Transfer to the red line and take an Alewife train to Park Street
  • Transfer to the green line and take a B (Boston College) train to Blandford Street


Don’t rent a car unless you really enjoy a challenge. Boston streets can be confusing, and there is a lot of construction. If you do bring a car, you must park at a meter ($1/hour and up, time limited to 1-2 hours many places), or if you arrange in advance you may be able to get a permit for a university structure.