Architectural detail of window arches on Old South Church in Boston

Your First Visit

Welcome to Old South Church
A young man and an older man greet each other and shake hands during Jazz Worship at Old South Church
Old South Church

A warm welcome to Old South Church in Boston! Formed by worship, we are a vibrant, theologically progressive Christian church, diverse in age and culture. We are seriously interested in learning, growing and serving. We gather to pursue Christian ministries of mercy, justice and beauty, and to worship a God who is bigger than we can know or comprehend. Worshiping God helps us live deeply, and with compassion. Worshiping God attunes us to the great mystery that resides both at the heart of the universe and deep within our souls.

Welcome to the church of Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams, of Phillis Wheatley and the Boston Tea Party. Welcome to a church that is 350 years old and still making history.

We are located at the Copley T station (Green Line, all trains). We are also a short walk from Back Bay Station (Orange Line) (from the station, walk two blocks north on Dartmouth Street, towards Copley Square). Bus routes 9, 10, 39, and 55 also stop in Copley Square. Use the MBTA’s Trip Planner for specific routes and times.

From the North via I-93: Take I-93 south to Exit #26 for Storrow Drive/North Station. At the bottom of the ramp, keep left for Storrow Drive. From Storrow, take the exit for Copley Square/Back Bay. Turn right onto Beacon Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Exeter Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Boylston Street. Old South is at the end of the block, on the left.

From the South via I-93: Take I-93 north to Exit #18 for Mass. Ave./Roxbury. Turn left onto the Mass. Ave. Connector, then turn right (north) onto Mass. Ave. Continue on Mass. Ave. for a little over a mile, then turn right onto Boylston Street. Old South is 5 blocks down, on the left, at Boylston and Dartmouth Streets.

From the West via the Mass. Turnpike (I-90): Take the Mass. Pike east to Exit #22 for Prudential/Copley. Bear right in the exit ramp, following signs for Copley Square. Take the first left onto Dartmouth Street, and continue two blocks to Boylston Street. Old South is on the left.

From the West via Storrow Drive: Take Storrow east to the Fenway exit, following signs for Boylston Street Inbound. Once you cross Mass. Ave., Old South is 5 blocks down, on the left, at Boylston and Dartmouth Streets.

From the East via Storrow Drive: Take Storrow west to the exit for Copley Square/Back Bay. Turn right onto Beacon Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Exeter Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Boylston Street. Old South is at the end of the block, on the left.

Boston parking meters do not run on Sundays, and we encourage you to find street parking if you are able, though you may need to leave a few extra minutes to search for a spot closer to 11:00 a.m. Old South also has arrangements for discounted parking with two nearby garages. We are pleased to offer these options for Old South worship or church business (excluding weddings and concerts):

Park at the Garage@100 Clarendon (behind Back Bay Station), have your ticket validated at our Front Desk, and you pay the discounted rate of $7 for up to three hours. Old South bears no cost.

Park at the Prudential Garage for up to five hours on Saturday or Sunday, have your ticket validated at our Front Desk, and the Prudential Garage will bill Old South, costing us $15,000-$20,000 per year.

We offer a range of accommodations. The building is wheelchair accessible, with “wheelchair bays” in the Sanctuary and Chapel. Bathrooms are accessible. We provide hearing assist devices (in our large worship and meeting spaces), and large-print Orders of Worship. Our long-term disability access plans include adding access to the pulpits and choir stalls, and offering sign language.