MIT Museum

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
Within these walls you'll be privy to high-tech artifacts, prototypes, intriguing scientific instruments, underwater robotics, amazing holograms, ingenious kinetic sculptures and more. An inspiring look into true genius in action.
Gate Price
Adult: $10.00
Child: $5.00

When it comes to technology, MIT is the place. Robots, holography, MIT lore, and cutting-edge exhibits blending art and technology draw visitors from around the world to the MIT Museum. No dusty academic enclave, the Museum is bursting with creative energy that brings the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's world-renowned research and innovation to life.

The expanded Museum now includes the Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery where current research at MIT is on display, and the MIT Museum Store, which sells hilariously nerdy science themed toys, t-shirts, jewelry and gifts. Upstairs, young and old alike are drawn to a gallery of holograms, the beloved kinetic sculptures of Arthur Ganson, and a unique exhibition about artificial intelligence, "Robots and Beyond." Don't forget to introduce yourself to Kismet, the world's first sociable robot, or to sign up on the website for the e-newsletter announcing monthly programs and events for all ages. Here’s a look at the permanent collections of the MIT Museum:

  • Science and Technology: A look at the preserved artifacts of historical interest and significance documenting MIT’s role in the history of modern science.
  • Holography: The largest collection of holograms in the world, documenting holography since its inception in the late 1940’s.
  • Hart Nautical: One of the oldest and most extensive archives of nautical technology in the USA, dating from the 16th century to the present.
  • Architecture and Design: A critical collection of the study of architecture instruction and practice.
  • MIT General Collections: Comprised of visual and written material as well as artifacts that record the social and cultural history of MIT from its founding to the present day.

The MIT Museum also regularly features innovative and unique temporary exhibitions, highlighting trends and discoveries in technology that have the science world abuzz. Here’s a sample of what temporary exhibits you might see (check website for time-sensitive information):

  • Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT: Features interviews with robot designers and research teams, as well as interactive displays and real robotic devices.
  • Learning Lab: The Cell: A trip into the nucleus of a cell that teaches about the heart of all life forms.

Get your “learn on” at MIT Museum. MIT and its museum form a powerhouse of scientific and technological information that will send you home inspired, and maybe ready to get in touch with your inner entrepreneur!

(And just in case you didn’t already know, “F=ma” means Force. So much to learn at the MIT Museum…)

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Smart, Witty, Amazing Museum
By Happy Host Verified Reviewer from Wellesley, MA on
Uncrowded, Metered parking close by, Sympathetic robots, Terrific holograms, Hands-on experience
Best Uses:
Fun for adults kids,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations MIT Museum:

Fun for even the most unscientific amongst us---science as art!

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

The Holograms are Great!
By texasrose Verified Reviewer from austin, tx on
No need to be an engineer, Great for kids and adults, Entertaining gift shop, Manageable size
Best Uses:
Holograms are a must see, Nice outing in Cambridge,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations MIT Museum:

Great restroom with sofa and old family painting, what a surprise! holograms were a favorite the engineered art was enjoyable for non-mechanically minded

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Phone: (617) 253-5927


265 Massachusetts Avenue
Building N52
Cambridge, MA 02139


Daily, 10:00 am-5:00 pm


Closed major U.S. holidays.


265 Massachusetts Avenue
Building N52
Cambridge, MA 02139

Public Transportation

Take the T: Red Line to Central Square stop and walk down Massachusetts Avenue toward the Boston skyline for about ten minutes; the museum is on the left.

Getting In

Upon arrival, present your pass at the ticket desk (on your right) for entry.


The MIT Museum is presenting the Cambridge Science Festival from April 13–21, 2013. During this time, admission to the museum is on a first-come basis. Due to capacity restraints visitors may need to wait in line. We strongly recommend visiting the Museum before or after the festival. If visiting during the festival, there are many science-related activities that take place outside of the museum itself.

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