Photography and Publication Requests

Digital images of many museum objects are available for study and reproduction.

The prices below are for images of objects that have already been photographed or digitized. Larger prints, scans of 2-D images not already digitized, and other special requests are subject to additional charges. Discounted rates are available for members of the MIT community. Please contact for more information.

Image requests must be made using the MIT Museum Image Request form.


Black-and-white Photocopies

25¢ per 8.5" x 11" page

Digital Prints

8" x 10"           $25
13" x 19"         $35
17" x 22"         $50

Fine Art Archival Prints

Up to 36" in the shortest dimension         $75-100

Digital Files

@ 300 ppi (higher resolution available upon request). Delivered as TIFF via DropBox.


Local               $20
National           $50
International    $80


Local               $40
National           $100
International    $160

Creation of NEW digital files start at a $25 base fee. Cost per image decreases based on total amount to be digitized. Please contact staff for accurate pricing of a digitization project of museum materials.

Hart Nautical Vessel Plans

11" x 17" study prints                  $5 per plan
This is the quickest and most economical choice for ordering vessel plans. Study prints are not full scale to the original drawings. In most cases, a scale was photographed with the original plan. Blueprints and light pencil drawings can be problematic in this format.

Full-size prints on bond                  $15 per plan
Full-size prints are made from scans of the original plan. Plans that have not already been digitized are subject to an additional $17 scanning fee. Please inquire before ordering.

Nautical model vessel building fees

Half-hull model           $30
Full model                   $75

Full-size reproduction fees

$25 per foot of waterline for boats 18' (waterline) and less.
$50 per foot for all boats over 18' (waterline).

Please refer to Hart Nautical Plan Policy (PDF) for further information on building vessel reproductions. The museum only provides digital files of plans for publication. See commercial use fees below.

Shipping and Handling

North America            $10 flat fee via USPS; inquire about FedEx costs
Outside North America           $20 minimum via USPS; $75 minimum via FedEx

Please allow 4­–6 weeks for delivery of digital files or prints. Inquire about rush service and applicable surcharges.

Payment in advance is required and can be made by check, money order, or credit card in US funds. Orders are final and may not be returned for credit. Checks and money orders can be made payable to MIT Museum. Credit card orders must be placed by fax or telephone.

No guarantee is made as to the quality of reproductions provided by the MIT Museum.

Rights and permissions

All images provided by the MIT Museum are for study use only unless written publications permission is granted. Purchasing reproductions does not imply the right to publish or reproduce an image. Publication fees are in addition to reproduction charges and a signed Permission to Use Agreement must be returned and all permission fees paid prior to publication. (For further information for boat-builders, see Hart Nautical Plan Policy (PDF).)

The following policies and fees apply only to print publications and online use. All other uses are determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact

All requests for permission to publish must include the following:

  • Title
  • Product format
  • Author
  • Organization
  • Date of publication
  • Distribution: regional, national, worldwide
  • Use: commercial, non-commercial, personal


Low-resolution 72 ppi images of 729 x 729 pixels or smaller can be provided at no charge. Images must be credited “Courtesy MIT Museum.” Posting higher resolution images of MIT Museum collections is strictly prohibited for all users, including the MIT community.


Fees are determined by the anticipated distribution and use.

Non-commercial use: $20–$80 per image based on distribution
Commercial use: $40­–$160 per image based on distribution, plus one copy of the publication or product for the museum’s records

Permissions are granted for one-time, non-exclusive right to publish a single edition in a single language. Revised editions, foreign language editions, or other format changes, except for a paperback version of the original edition, are subject to additional permission fees.

The museum can only grant reproduction permission for materials that are in the public domain or for which MIT is the copyright holder. When copyright is not held by MIT, museum staff will provide as much information as is available to aid the researcher in locating the copyright holder; however, collections staff cannot serve as an intermediary to obtain permission on behalf of the researcher.

MIT Community

Permission fees are waived for members of the MIT community using reproductions in Institute-related publications or products provided such use is in accordance with museum policy. However this does not extend to all publications published by MIT Press. Patrons should inform the museum of their intended use and provide one copy of the publication or product for the museum’s records. All reproductions must be accompanied by the credit line provided. Institute patrons should refer any inquiries they receive as a result of reproducing items from the collections directly to the museum. Images published online by the MIT community may not exceed 72ppi in resolution.