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Address: 265 Massachusetts Ave, Mit Bldg N51, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone Number: +1 617-253-5927
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10:00 am - 5:00 am
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The MIT Museum presents temporary and permanent exhibitions at the nexus of...

The MIT Museum presents temporary and permanent exhibitions at the nexus of art, science, and technology, as well as events, programs, and weekend demonstrations.

People from around the world come to visit and learn about holograms, kinetic art, artificial intelligence and original research that has shaped the world. FebFest and the Cambridge Science Festival fill winter and spring school vacation weeks, while the very fun "Friday After Thanksgiving" chain reaction event is held nearby at an MIT gymnasium, while produced by the Museum.

The MIT Museum also has a physical and online science-themed store, and the galleries are available for small functions.

Located in the Central Square Cultural District the MIT Museum is surrounded by unique restaurants, theaters, music venues and a renowned local ice cream store. Look for our yellow chairs!

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Fast visit and well worth it!

This is not the most "amazing museum" if you consider the name and university connected to it, however, it is quite worth it for $5 child/$10 adult! They have interesting Robot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have to say, I thought there'd be more high-tech stuff from this museum! I was expecting to see robots in motion, not behind glass. I understand that these are historical objects, but it would've been cool to see replicas that you could interact with. There were a few interactive exhibits that were really great, but the museum did not... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is both a great science museum and a nice showcase of students projects. We really loved the geek humor of the gift shop. Kissmet is simply awesome. However we loved the variety and timescale of the exhibits

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MITMuseum, Public Relations Manager at MIT Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! Glad you enjoyed the student work (my favorite!), Kismet and the store. We are going to ramp up both the online and the physical store in the next year, so stay in touch! We have a monthly newsletter, too that you might want to sign up on. Josie Patterson, Marketing Director, MIT Museum More 

Doha, Qatar
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We walked from Harvard Square and were expecting a high tech exciting museum. It is very small, the exhibits are not displayed imaginatively, there is little that is interactive. It felt a little amateurish.

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MITMuseum, Public Relations Manager at MIT Museum, responded to this review

Hi, I'm so sorry that you were disappointed. If you are in town again, please come by and see what is new, as one of our main galleries is set to open again March 1. Many of our weekend activities, festivals and public programs bring the Museum's exhibitions, student and faculty work alive. The Museum hosts FebFest, The Cambridge Science... More 

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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316 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not the most "amazing museum" if you consider the name and university connected to it, however, it is quite worth it for $5 child/$10 adult! They have interesting Robot Hits that will entertain anyone in the family! It is also not just a museum showing the evolution from old to contemporary electric/mechanic/computer technology. There are a lot of... More 

Thank Danuza
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Five of us went to the museum and we all had a wonderful time!! Lots of cool machine sculptures and holograms to look at. It is pretty inexpensive as far as museums in a big city go.

Thank TheDukeCity
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Fascinating museum ! A really neat gift shop as well where we found some unique interesting items for our computer, engineering, mathematics & robotic friends. Many hands-on displays & the holograms were remarkable. We enjoyed just wandering around & absorbing everything. You may not understand everything you see but you will enjoy the experience. We went on the last Sunday... More 

Thank Buffalomathprofessor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Street level stuff is interesting, but the real heart of the museum is the second floor. You'll find imaginative gizmo's made by scientists & students, see holograms acquired from the New York museum of holography when it closed, and learn a lot about robotics. Our 5 grandchildren loved it!

Thank Howard A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

For those interested especially in modern engineering /computer science of robotics & AI, you'll be in (probably) for a treat (I'm not sure where else has such a cache of robots!). At the time we visited, there was also an excellent display of machines which served only an entertaining artistic purpose...fun! My husband loved it! In another gallery, I was... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We went because it was a free admission with our room key from Le Meridien. We loved the hands on exhibits. Lots of interesting on going research. And a photo exhibit that was a good surprise.

Thank patentgeek
Tonsberg, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

This is a very Nice way to see what MIT is doing. A lot of innovations and technical items exhibited. Fun to play with the many "Try this" set ups.

Thank JohnFromNorway

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