Move to Kendall FAQs

Where will the new Museum be located? 
Why are you moving?
When will the new Museum open?
When will happen to your current location?
Will the new Museum be bigger than the current one?
Will there be a store?
What else will be in the new building?
What will be different about the new Museum?  
Will the admission price change?
Will the hours change?
How does being in Kendall Square benefit the Museum?  
How does being in Kendall Square benefit the Institute?  
 

Where will the new Museum be located?
The new Museum will be located in Kendall Square at 314 Main Street, right beside the entrance to the Kendall Red Line T-stop.

 

Why are you moving?
We are moving because we’ve outgrown the space available to us at 265 Mass Ave., and we have the opportunity to move to a purpose designed museum facility in a more easily-accessed location on campus.

 

When will the new Museum open?
We plan to open the Museum to the public in spring 2022.

 

When will you be vacating the current location?
While we still currently maintain certain areas of our current location at 265 Mass Avenue for operations, we will not be re-opening this site to the public again.

 

Will the new Museum be bigger than the current one?
The new Museum will have much more generous public spaces; there will be more room to circulate, more gallery space, and a lot more space for educational and public programs.

 

Will there be a store?
Yes, of course! The store will be three times the current size and will carry a larger selection of merchandise.

 

What else will be in the new building?
The MIT Museum will occupy part of the ground floor, as well as the second and third floors. There will be a café and the MIT Press Bookstore on the east alongside the Museum space. The top 14 floors will be leased out.  

 

What will be different about the new Museum?  
Virtually everything! The new Museum at Kendall has given us the opportunity to evaluate and assess what kind of a museum we want to be. We are using the time leading up to the move to survey our visitors, test out new ideas, and bring together advisors so that we can be a better museum going forward.

 

Will the admission price change?
We are still evaluating pricing.

 

Will the hours change?
We hope to offer expanded hours.

 

How does being in Kendall Square benefit the Museum?  
Kendall Square is such a perfect fit for the museum. It’s a buzzing, lively gateway location, with great access for visitors. We hope and expect that the new Museum will become a meeting ground for MIT community members, Kendall entrepreneurs, and the wider community.

 

How does being in Kendall Square benefit the Institute?  
The Museum has been invited to anchor a new gateway to campus in Kendall Square. The presence of the new Museum at 314 Main Street will provide a bold welcome and introduction to the Institute for all of its many visitors from around the world. At the same time, the new Museum will serve to connect the Institute with the Kendall Innovation District whose development it has done so much to encourage.