Research the MIT Museum's vast collections and learn how to request digital files and prints of our materials. We're pleased to help you access the museum's collections to support your research.
MIT Museum 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 rich in archival materials, plans, photographs, drawings, company records, personal papers, thesis materials, memorabilia, and much more.
Request Plans and Photos
Digital files and prints of many objects in the museum’s collection, including Hart Nautical vessel plans, are available for study and reproduction.
Our Registrar’s Toolkit provides a summary of various policies governing the acquisition and transfer of objects into and out of the museum’s collection.
- Learn about the criteria for accessioning an object into the museum’s collections
- Learn about the guidelines for incoming and outgoing loans of museum objects
- Download the Collections Manual (PDF)