Past Programs

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Teen Science Café: Sustainability Today, Solutions for Tomorrow

December 18, 2020

Our popular Teen Science Cafe connecting teens with researchers and each other goes online!

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Curator Talk: The Polaroid Project

October 29, 2020

Join curators Deborah Douglas, William Ewing, and Barbara Hitchcock for a special in-depth look at The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology.

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Study Group: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic


The MIT Museum is organizing a study group in conjunction with MIT Biology’s publicly available course on the coronavirus and pandemic.

Virtual Girls Day

October 3, 2020

Girls Day, offered twice a year, celebrates women who are exploring, researching, and innovating in fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our fall 2020 program will focus on the intersection of art and science.



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Money for Nothing: An Author Talk with Thomas Levenson and Carl Zimmer

September 24, 2020

Join us for an evening discussion with author Thomas Levenson and his friend and fellow science writer Carl Zimmer as they explore the intersection of science, math, and the birth of the modern financial system by way of Levenson’s newly published book, Money for Nothing. 

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Science Trivia Night

September 14, 2020

Gather your friends, roommates, and Zoom-mates to test your knowledge of quirky factoids and Institute curiosities. 

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Imaging Science

June 6 - 20, 2020

Join in a two-week celebration of documenting the world through photography. After a kick-off webinar, take and share your own images then come back for a final event, and meet winners from the MIT Koch Institute's annual photography contest who will discuss their work, and pick their favorites from your submissions.

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Teen Science Café: The Technology and Ethics of Genetic Engineering

August 5, 2020

Our popular Teen Science Cafe connecting teens with researchers goes online!

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Virtual Teen Science Cafe: Designing the Future

May 25, 2020

Our popular Teen Science Cafe connecting high school students with scientists goes on-line!

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Painting with Light

May 26, 2020

Join Seth Riskin, Manager of the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery, for a workshop inspired by Professor Gyorgy Kepes’s photograms. 

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Physics and Photography Workshop for Adults

Feb 13, Mar 24, Apr 21, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops have been cancelled.

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SEM Small Talk

Spring 2020

PLEASE NOTE: All drop-in activities are suspended while the museum remains close. Drop by and watch as a scanning electron microscope (SEM) magnifies objects over 5000 times.

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Feb Fest

February 17 – 22, 2020

Join us for Feb Fest, our annual celebration during February school vacation, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. 

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Neuroscience Paint Night

April 17, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create a painting of cerebral cortex neurons and hear about Eyewire, a cutting-edge, video game-based citizen science project.

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Teen Science Café: Nanoscale Engineering

February 23, 2019, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about nano-engineering and how it impacts our lives from the scientists researching it!

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Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Help Sessions

October 19, 26 & November 16, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Want help designing your contraption for the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction? Join us for contraption construction building help sessions.

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Polaroid Day

November 9, 2019

Join us for a special day celebrating Polaroid and its development of instant photography. Hear stories of how artists informed the technology and how technology provided new ways for photographers to work.

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Girls Day

November 2, 2019

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

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August 8, 2019, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate LGBTQ+ contributions to Boston area university research through short presentations and the chance to mingle with researchers and others. 

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Moon Shots

July 20, 2019, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon continues into the night with a 21+ over-the-moon event. 

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Lunar Day

July 20, 2019

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon. Travel back to 1969 to learn about MIT’s critical role in the mission, and meet researchers who will offer a glimpse of the future of space exploration.

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Book Talk: Richard Bertman: The Sculptures

June 19, 2019, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Join author Christina Lanzl and Richard Bertman, as they discuss Bertman's work and new book Richard Bertman:The Sculptures.

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Glass Band Performance

May 21, 2019, 6 - 7 p.m.

Immerse yourself in a soundscape of glass-blown music. MIT’s Glass Lab Director Peter Houk, star musician Mark Stewart, and their Glass Band colleagues will create a one-of-a-kind symphony of sound.

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Cambridge Science Festival

April 12 - 21, 2019

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


Lunar Exploration Expo

April 20, 2019, 1 - 3 p.m.

In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon, join us for a lunar exploration.

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Physics and Photography Workshop for Adults

April 16, 2019, 7 - 9 p.m.

Learn how MIT researchers are able to photograph events as fast as light itself, then learn how to use mainstream cameras to shoot your own high-speed photography.

Science Game Night

April 14, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Learn about science through board games! Enjoy an evening of science-themed games with your friends and family, and see how your science knowledge stacks up to others. 

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Teen Science Café: Biotech: Me and My Genes

April 13, 2019, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us as we explore the biotechnology industry and its groundbreaking research. 
This is a free event for interested high school students only.

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Girls Day

November 2, 2019

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

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Nautical Day

February 23, 2019, 1 - 4 p.m.

Dive into hands-on nautical explorations with members from the MIT Museum’s Hart Nautical Collections staff, MIT researchers, and other partners and friends.