Past Exhibitions

Joël Tettamanti: Compass Points


Joël Tettamanti’s photographs are a vast archive of the structures, villages and cities that people create and inhabit, and the landforms and climates that shape their culture.

The Poster Art of Jaqueline Casey


Graphic designers rarely achieve fame or even public recognition for their work, although that work is often highly visible and broad in its impact. Jacqueline S.

Ways of Seeing: An exhibition of student projects by the MIT Museum Studio

April 12 – 18, 2012

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.” —John Berger

This exhibition featured projects that explore the use of light for changing the way we see and communicate.

Berenice Abbott: Photography and Science: An Essential Unity

May 3 – December 31, 2012

The MIT Museum opened the new Kurtz Gallery for Photography with an inaugural exhibition featuring over seventy images by Berenice Abbott taken while working at MIT.

The Paradiso Synthesizer

Through 2012

The sounds produced by the Paradiso Synthesizer are “programmed” manually by running wires between various outputs and inputs.

Dark Machines

Through 2012

To accompany the exhibition Berenice Abbott: Photography and Science: An Essential Unity, Daniel Jackson, an avid photographer and MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science, created a photographic essay documenting current scientific research at MIT.

Holography: The Light Fantastic


This exhibition explores MIT Museum's collection of holograms—the world's largest such collection. The holograms on display provide a truly unique visual experience and survey the usefulness of holography, from anthropological and archival renderings to credit card security.

MIT 150

January 8 – December 31, 2011

Browse objects and stories that embody “the restless searching spirit” that animates MIT research and brings to life MIT’s motto of mens et manus, “mind and hand.”


Dust Serenade

Through December 24, 2010

Dust Serenade is a reenactment of an acoustic experiment designed in 1866 by German physicist August Kundt.

Mind and Hand: The Making of MIT Scientists and Engineers

Through June 14, 2010

How does a teenager evolve into one of the world’s top scientists or engineers in the space of a few short years?

Luminous Windows 2010

December 2009-March 2010

Luminous Windows 2010 is the MIT Museum’s second annual winter display of holograms on Massachusetts Ave. Set in the MIT Museum’s ground-floor gallery windows, the holograms are visible from outside, on the sidewalks and street, every evening from dusk until 2 a.m.

Felix Candela

Félix Candela: Builder, Engineer, Structural Artist

April 2 – September 27, 2009

Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist, is an exhibition devoted to the work of Spanish-born master builder and structural artist Félix Candela (1910-1997). 

Giant Leaps: MIT Goes to the Moon

June 10 – September 13, 2009

Ask anyone who was at MIT in the 1960s and early 1970s about the Apollo program and they will tell you where they gathered on campus to watch launches, landings, and splashdowns. People all over the world were watching but at MIT, many had much more at stake.


Through September 13, 2009

Connections at the MIT Museum explores the social potential of new communication technologies.


March 19 – September 13, 2009

An exhibition of selected works by Shada/Jahn (Steve Shada and MIT Media Lab Artist in Residence Marisa Jahn) and Cati Vaucelle.

Ports and Ships: Photographs by Andrea Frank

February 10 – June 14, 2009

Despite the expansion of air transport in the last half century, global trade still moves mainly by sea, as it has for centuries. Ports and Ships illuminates the invisible global network of vessels crisscrossing the seas, delivering goods, and connecting continents.

The Types We Can Make: A Selection of Contemporary Swiss Type Design

February 10 – June 14, 2009

The exhibition presents a selection of new typography from Switzerland, where type design has been a high art form for generations.

Flashes of Inspiration: The Work of Harold Edgerton

Through March 2, 2009

The world knew him for his splashing milk-drop, scientists were indebted to him for giving them a window on the invisible, generations of MIT students looked to him for inspiration, but there's so much more to learn about the man everybody called “Doc.”

ANN, Paula Dawson

Luminous Windows

Winter 2009

Throughout the winter, from dusk until 2 a.m. the MIT Museum presents an exhibition of contemporary, 3-D holographic artworks displayed in the windows viewable only from outside the Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery, on the street and sidewalks of Massachusetts Avenue.

Klein Side Scan Sonar: A World Leader in Ocean Exploration

Through 2009
The Beginnings of Side Scan Sonar From Sonar to Side Scan Sonar

Low Rez/HI FI

Through 2009

Low Rez/HI FI consists of a of double-sided light-emitting diode (LED) net that addresses and engages passers-by with its performative and responsive behavior. Movement along the sidewalk, captured by cameras, triggers a dynamic response from each of the addressable pixels.

Learning Lab: The Cell

Through 2008

Learning Lab: The Cell was an innovative space developed by the MIT Museum in collaboration with the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences to create a laboratory for self-guided and directed learning in the middle of the MIT Museum.

Sampling MIT – Past Installations

Browse past installations from the museum’s ever-changing Sampling MIT exhibition. Connect with cutting-edge research being done by students and staff at MIT today.



Through May 2019

Surprising and mysterious, holography has long dazzled and perplexed audiences. Back on view are selected works from the MIT Museum’s collection, the most comprehensive in the world. Included are works by famed holography expert and co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, Stephen Benson.

Projects and Prototypes: MIT Student Work

Through April 1, 2019

Making stuff is an essential part of the MIT student experience. Through success and failure, students learn to communicate, investigate, and persist in the pursuit of answers to their own questions. 

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