Public Programs

Explore the fascinating world of MIT—cutting-edge research, engineering, and innovations—at performances, talks, programs, hands-on workshops, festivals, and more. Learn more about our public programs.


Inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, and art in students grades 6–12. Our hands-on workshops include a guided introduction to related museum exhibitions and current research at MIT. Also available for adult and senior groups by request. Learn more about our workshops.


Are you passionate about science, technology, and art? Would you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm with museum visitors of all ages? Join our education and public programs team as a volunteer! Learn more about volunteering.


Weekends, noon–4 p.m.

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3-D programs, chain reactions, and a variety of other creative, hands-on activities. 

2016 - 2017 programming

Science on Saturday is a free, 60-minute presentation with fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer. 


October 29, 2016

Have you ever wondered what goes into becoming a superhero? What is a supersuit made out of and how hard it is to maintain a secret identity?

November 2, 2016

Join us for a book-talk and signing with Douglass Shand-Tucci, author of MIT: The Campus Guide.

Fall 2016

INFECTioUS: Conversations on understanding and communicating about disease


The MIT Museum hosts a wide variety of evening programs for adults, about an even wider variety of research topics.

Featured and Special Events

November 5, 2016 and March 4, 2017

In November and March we honor the contributions of women in science and encourage young girls to stay excited about all things STEM.

Fill out the form below to register your team for the 19th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction on November 25, 2016.

April 14 - 23, 2017

Every April, as part of this city-wide festival, come enjoy performances, learn about cutting-edge research, and meet scientists and engineers of all kinds.

School Vacation Fun

Friday, November 25, 2016

Register to participate or just observe this massive chain reaction made up of dozens of individual devices designed by teams from all over the country.

February 20–25, 2017

Enjoy February school holiday week at the MIT Museum with hands-on learning activities and demonstrations each day.


What's on!

Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.