March 13, 2020

In line with MIT's guidelines regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the MIT Museum Collections will remain closed until further notice as we monitor the radidly changing concerns associated with it. 

We will share updates on our website and through our social media channels. Stay well and we hope to see you soon.


MIT Collections will close for all external, non-MIT loans, image and film reproduction requests, as well as to outside researchers, classes, and tours from September 2020 to August 2022, while the museum prepares for collections moves and the opening of the new MIT Museum at Kendall.  

We will do our best to accommodate certain MIT projects during this period. Students, faculty, and staff should contact the collections staff by completing an online request form to determine what options are available. 

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.  

More than 25,000 object records from the Hart Nautical Collections are now available through the Museum’s online collections portal. 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.


Pictured: Tech Night at the PopsĀ Conductor's Jacket



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

MIT History


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



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.



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.



The MIT Museum Science Collection includes historic artifacts documenting key scientific discoveries as well as instruments and apparatus for teaching from test tubes to the prototype of the LIGO interferometer.

Photograph by Berenice Abbott, Interference Pattern, about 1958.



The MIT Museum’s photography collections include works by almost every significant photographer of the 20th century as well as major industrial and academic collections.

Image of a hologram, entitled Event Horizon, by Rudie Berkhout, 1980.



Includes the world’s most comprehensive holography collection, distinctive collections of maritime paintings, paper-folding, kinetic art, and works from the pioneering Center for Advanced Visual Studies.

Milkdrop, Harold "Doc" Edgerton

Edgerton Digital Collections Project Website


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 Website


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