The MIT Museum’s collections are at the core of all we do, from research and publications to public programs and exhibitions. Through more than one million objects, prints, rare books, technical archives, drawings, photographs, films, and holograms we’re able to share the wide interests of the MIT community from the Institute’s founding in 1861 to cutting-edge current research.  

Almost 17,000 object records from the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff nautical collection are now available on the beta site of the Museum’s online collections portal. We invite you to explore the site and give us your feedback. With your help, we will continue to improve the portal and look forward to a launch in May 2019.    

Until then, visitors interested in other Museum collections may continue to access them through our legacy collections database.

Thank you for your patience as we build an exceptional online experience for you.


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Science and Technology


A rich archive tracing the intellectual and educational history of MIT and the Institute’s role in the history of modern science and technology.

MIT General Collections


Documenting the social and cultural history of MIT through photographs, audio and video, and memorabilia that includes material about infamous MIT hacks.




The world’s most comprehensive holography collection with more than 2,000 holograms, including the former archives and research library of the Museum of Holography in New York.

Architecture and Design


One of the country’s most important collections for the study of architectural instruction and practice, including materials from America’s first architecture program, MIT’s Course Four.

Hart Nautical


Among the oldest and most important archives of nautical technology in the United States, also documenting the history and achievements of MIT’s Center for Ocean Engineering.

Martin Klein Collection


In 2014, Martin Klein (MIT Class of 1962) donated his extensive archives documenting his pioneering role in the development of side scan sonar and related technologies. The collection consists of over 4,500 slides, technical records, artifacts and expedition archives. 

Milkdrop, Harold "Doc" Edgerton

Edgerton Digital Collections Project Online


Browse more than 22,000 images, 150 films, and thousands of pages of notes from inventor, entrepreneur, explorer, and beloved MIT professor Harold “Doc” Edgerton.

John G. Alden Naval Architects Collection Online


This website and database archives the extensive collections of the Alden Design firm.

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