Free Fun Friday at the MIT Museum on August 12

July 1, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, MA – July 1, 2016 – Celebrate summer on August 12 th with a free day at the MIT Museum with Free Fun Friday sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. Enjoy free admission to the museum all day plus special indoor and outdoor activities.

Throughout the day, from 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. on August 12th, there will be drop-in activities designed for students on the first floor of the Museum.  Visitors can tap into their inner engineer learning to build paper skyscrapers and towers using cups. Front Street will be closed and the Museum's “Science on the Street” van will be helping kids make and launch stomp rockets.

"On this Free Fun Friday we look forward to having families and out of town visitors come to the MIT Museum" says the Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director of the MIT Museum, John Durant. “We are grateful to the Highland Street Foundation for making this special day possible and we want visitors to enjoy everything that the MIT Museum has to offer,” says Durant.

Since its inception in 2009, Free Fun Fridays has drawn more than 800,000 visitors to venues throughout the Commonwealth. Last year alone, the program reached 150,000 people and according to the Highland Street Foundation's Executive Director, Blake Jordan, those numbers are expected to increase with the expansion of the program. Free Fun Fridays is one of many programs created and supported by the Highland Street Foundation to increase access and opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts.

About the MIT Museum
The MIT Museum's mission is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Museum features ongoing and changing exhibitions, currently having an emphasis on robotics, imaging and holography, MIT history, and the current work of MIT students and faculty. The MIT Museum hosts many public programs and events, has an engaging science-themed store, and is available for function rentals.

About the Arts at MIT
The arts at MIT connect creative minds across disciplines and encourage a lifetime of exploration and self-discovery. They are rooted in experimentation, risk-taking and imaginative problem-solving. The arts strengthen MIT's commitment to the aesthetic, human, and social dimensions of research and innovation. Artistic knowledge and creation exemplify our motto—mens et manus, mind and hand. The arts are essential to MIT's mission to build a better society and meet the challenges of the 21st century. Visit arts.mit.edu.

Visitor Information

  • Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Closed major holidays
  • Adults: $10.00; youth under 18, students, seniors: $5:00;
  • Free admission for MIT card-holders, alumni
  • Free in July & August only, for Cambridge Public Library card holders
  • Located in the Central Square Cultural District

Media Contact: 
Josephine Patterson
josiep@mit.edu | 617-253-4422