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.

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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 largest 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.

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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