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Address: 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Mit Bldg N51, Cambridge, MA 02139
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+1 617-253-5927
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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MIT Museum is (in a way) a glimpse of what, how science and technology can improve quality of Human Life. There are some pretty good exhibits made by former/ current students... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 14, 2014
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2014

Well it is a small exhibit but it is very cool to see all the different items they have on display. I didn't find the people in front very helpful just give you a ticket and send you on your way. A little eye contact & maybe ask if you have every been here before to know where to start... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2014

MIT Museum is (in a way) a glimpse of what, how science and technology can improve quality of Human Life. There are some pretty good exhibits made by former/ current students, professors. The exhibits corresponding explanations/ illustrations are sure to amaze any 'scientific' mind. This museum could have been much bigger, better considering MIT is behind it.

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Kyrenia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2014

My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the MIT museum the exhibits were well displayed with clear legible descriptions, definitely one not to be missed. Good gift shop with lots of interesting useful things.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a crazy place that highlights students' creative accomplishments. Wish I understood it, but my husband, who is an engineer, was impressed. I loved the fact that the exhibits are student's projects. Who thinks like this?

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2014

Walking around the campus of MIT, and each student you passed, left you wondering if I just passed the next Einstein. The City of Boston, has a college or university on almost every corner and every township. Amazing, you can feel the energy. With the history and the future, I plan on returning and walking another 5 miles a day.... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

We were recommended the MIT museum by a tour guide earlier in our trip. It's an interesting museum with lots of examples of the work done by MIT students and teachers past and present. I particularly enjoyed the exhibit which showed current MIT students explaining complex technological topics in simple terms. I'd definitely recommend stopping here as part of a... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2014

My 13 yr old, hard to impress, video game-jaded son loved the MIT museum. He was engaged from the get-go, starting with the cool gadgets in the shop while I bought tickets, to the "Make a Paper Skyscraper" activity to the holographic art on display. We had no idea that an 'engineering' school could generate such creative art & designs.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2014

The museum was small. The exhibit of art merged with engineering was good. The rest seemed like high school projects.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you have any interest in science and engineering, this was a very interesting museum to visit. The displays on the history of robotics was well done and informative, the holographic exhibit was fantastic, and the kinetic motion displays were interesting as well. The gift shop had so many neat little things to buy I'm surprised I got out of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

Reading the description got us very excited about the opportunity to visit the MIT Museum. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. It is only two floors with most of the gift shop taking up the first floor. At the time they had an exhibit on robotics & artificial intelligence. None of the robots were 'on' or interactive. You just read about what... More 

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