The MIT Museum is preparing to take up residence in the newly imagined MIT Kendall Gateway, where it will occupy more than 58,000 square feet of galleries, classrooms, and state-of-the-art program and performance spaces.
Visitors will encounter a destination for curiosity, exploration, and fun, as well as a venue for conversations and interactions between Cambridge residents, the MIT community, and the companies that have made Kendall Square their home.
The projected opening date for the new Museum is spring 2022.
“We are determined that MIT shall have the kind of museum it really deserves—a place of high quality, that offers a vivid introduction to the work of the Institute past and present, that provides the widest access to our unique historical collections, and that inspires generations of future scientists, engineers, and innovators. Opportunities like this don’t come along every day. We’ve embarked on an exciting journey, and we hope you will join us!"
- John Durant, Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director, MIT Museum
October 2021. As part of a MIT and Biogen collaboration with the goal to accelerate the science and action on climate change to improve human health, Biogen will honor Nobel laureate and Biogen co-founder, Phillip A. Sharp, with a named space inside the new Kendall Square location of the museum, as well as support one of the museum’s opening exhibitions, Essential MIT, with a section focused on solving real-world problems such as climate change. It is also providing programmatic support for the museum’s Life Sciences Maker Engagement Program.
“Phil has provided fantastic support to the MIT Museum for more than a decade, as an advisory board member and now as board chair, and he has been deeply involved in plans for the new museum at Kendall Square,” said John Durant, the Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director of the museum. “Seeing his name on the wall will be a constant reminder of his key role in this development, as well as a mark of our gratitude.”
April 2021. Turner Construction finished their work on the museum space, and they and MIT Facilities turned it over to to the museum.
March 2021. Meejin Yoon, design architect for the Kendall museum, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, considered the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States. Yoon is co-founding principal of Boston-based Höweler+Yoon Architecture.
May 2020. The museum issues an open call for proposals for existing or new works of art and design for its upcoming exhibition Altered Nature.
February 2020. Design firms Studio Joseph, Bluecadet, Pentagram and Tillotson Associates chosen to lead Kendall exhibition design efforts.
September 2019. Michael Bierut of design firm Pentagram chosen to lead a re-branding exercise for the new museum.
October 2018. A groundbreaking ceremony is held with more than 200 community members and MIT supportrs in attendance. (see photo gallery below). To great applause, John Durant, The Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director of the Museum, uses the occasion to announce a Cambridge Resident Membership program with free admission for all Cambridge residents when the Museum opens.
April 2017. The Cambridge Planning Board approves the design of Site 5, the Museum’s new location, and one year later, the building was released for construction.
May 2016. The City of Cambridge Planning Board unanimously approves special permits for the Initiative, which includes the development of six new buildings as well as a variety of new open spaces and retail venues. Read news article.
Local architects Höweler + Yoon Architecture engaged to design the Museum space, while the Germany-based firm Atelier Brückner selected to conduct museum experience master planning, including identifying the vision for public engagement and opportunities for the visitor experience.
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The Long View, Spectrum, Fall 2018
MIT to start work on a ‘new front door’ to the university, The Boston Globe, Oct. 9, 2018
John Durant plans a new era for the MIT Museum, MIT News, Sept. 28, 2017