Group Visit FAQ

Reservation Process

Do I need to make a reservation for a group visit?
What happens to my reservation in the event of inclement weather?
What if we need to cancel?

Group Size and Type

How many people can I bring?
How many chaperones are required?
Is the museum appropriate for elementary school-aged students?

Fees and Payment

How much does a visit cost?
Are college students eligible for the student admission rate?
Who is eligible for the senior group rate?
How many people do I need to bring to be eligible for the group rate?
What payment methods are accepted?

Visit Logistics

How long does it take to visit the entire museum?
When can we arrive?
Can we come for a self-guided visit on the weekend?
Can we come for a workshop or guided gallery tour on the weekend?
Where can we eat lunch?
Are there hands-on activities that the students can participate in when we visit?
Where can we store personal belongings?
Is there a museum store?
How do we get to the museum?
Where can we park our bus?

Reservation Process

Do I need to make a reservation for a group visit?
Yes, all groups of any size must fill out the Reservation Request Form at least two weeks in advance. During the spring and summer busy season, we recommend that reservations be made as far in advance as possible as we reach capacity quickly. Groups that arrive without a reservation are not eligible for any group admission discounts and may be turned away if the museum is too crowded.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?
When MIT is closed for inclement weather, the MIT Museum is also closed. Your reservation will be cancelled automatically and we will be happy to reschedule your visit. Check MIT’s homepage or call the museum at 617-253-5927 for weather-related closure information. If your organization is closed but MIT is not, please notify the museum if you will be cancelling your visit.

What if we need to cancel?
Workshops and guided tours: Only cancellations received at least 30 days prior to confirmed visit will be refunded. Please notify the Museum immediately by phone at 617-253-5927.

Group Size and Type

How many people can I bring?
For self-guided gallery visits, groups of up to 75 people may enter the museum at one time. Be prepared to divide into smaller chaperone-led groups to explore the museum. For groups of more than 75 people, we will work with you to stagger your arrival or help coordinate your visit with other resources and activities on the MIT campus. Each workshop and guided gallery tour can accommodate up to 25 people at a time. Larger groups wishing to book workshops and tours will be required to divide into groups of 25 and pay for the additional workshops or tours. We will work with you to arrange the logistics of your visit once you have submitted your reservation request.

How many chaperones are required?
We require one chaperone above the age of 18 for every eight students in grades K–12 and one chaperone for every five preschool students (although we do not recommend the MIT Museum for preschool groups). These chaperones are admitted free when reservations are booked in advance. Any additional adults must pay general admission. Chaperones must stay with their assigned students at all times.

Is the museum appropriate for my elementary school-aged students?
Exhibitions and installations at the MIT Museum are geared toward middle school, high school, and adult audiences. Workshops and guided gallery tours are offered only to students in grades 6 and above.

Fees and Payment

How much does a visit cost?
Self-guided Gallery Visits

  • Student groups $5 per student and $10 per adult chaperone. Book at least two weeks in advance and one chaperone age 18+ per eight students is admitted free.
  • Adult groups $10 per adult. Book at least two weeks in advance and the group leader is admitted free.
  • Senior groups (65+) $5 per senior. Book at least two weeks in advance and the group leader is admitted free.
  • Preschool groups The MIT Museum is not recommended for preschool groups. $5 per child and $10 per adult chaperone. Book at least two weeks in advance and one chaperone age 18+ per five students is admitted free.

Workshops

  • Student groups $325 for up to 25 students with one chaperone admitted free per eight students. $10 per additional adult. Includes admission to the MIT Museum galleries. Save $25 when you book at least two weeks in advance. Effective June 1, 2016: Requests for more than four workshops within five consecutive business days incur an increased cost of $400 per workshop.
  • Adult groups $425 for up to 25 participants. Includes admission to the MIT Museum galleries. Save $25 when you book at least two weeks in advance.

Guided Gallery Tours

  • Student groups $325 for up to 25 students and three chaperones. Includes admission to the MIT Museum galleries. Save $25 when you book at least two weeks in advance.
  • Adult groups $375 for up to 25 participants. Save $25 when you book at least two weeks in advance.
  • Senior groups (65+) $225 for up to 25 participants. Save $25 when you book at least two weeks in advance.

Are college students eligible for the student group admission rate?
Yes. The student rate applies to children in grades K–12 and anyone with a valid college ID.

Who is eligible for the senior group rate?
The senior rate is for individuals age 65 or older.

How many people do I need to bring to be eligible for the group rate?
Groups of eight or more receive the discounted rate when reservations are made in advance.

What payment methods are accepted?
The museum accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, checks (made payable to MIT Museum) and purchase orders. Groups paying by purchase order must make arrangements with the museum’s receptionist at least one week in advance. Passes and discount coupons will not be accepted as payment for group visits. One person must make payment for the entire group. Self-guided group visits can be paid in advance or paid in full at the admissions desk upon arrival. Payment for workshops or guided tours must be made within five business days of acceptance of your group’s reservation request.

Visit Logistics

How long does it take to visit the entire museum? When can we arrive?
Please allow 1.5–2 hours for your self-guided visit. Workshops run two hours. Tours run 1–1.5 hours. Earliest arrival is 10 a.m.; latest arrival is 3 p.m.

Can we come for a self-guided gallery visit on the weekend?
Yes, provided that you have made reservations in advance.

Can we come for a workshop or guided gallery tour on the weekend?
We do not offer workshops or formal guided gallery tours on the weekend but we often have gallery facilitators who can answer your questions about particular exhibits.

Where can we eat?
The museum does not have a designated lunchroom or dining facilities on site. Groups may eat at the cafeterias located in the MIT Student Center or the Stata Center, both within walking distance of the museum. See more on-campus and nearby dining options.

Are there hands-on activities that the students can participate in when we visit?
No, but gallery activity guides are available for download to help teachers develop a positive gallery-based learning experience for their students. If you are looking for a more activity-based experience for middle or high school students, consider a museum workshop (available on weekdays only).

Where can we store personal belongings?
Lockers and coat racks are available. The museum is not responsible for items left in storage facilities.

Is there a museum store?
Yes, the MIT Museum Store has a variety of fun and educational items at various prices. Small groups of students may visit the store along with their chaperones.

How do we get to the museum?
The MIT Museum is located at 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, directly between Central Square and MIT’s main campus. Directions.

Where can we park?
The museum does not have a designated parking area. Buses can drop off and pick up visitors at the main entrance of the museum on the corner of Front Street and Massachusetts Avenue. On-street bus parking may be available at meters along Massachusetts Avenue, Windsor Street, and Front Street. Additional on-street parking, if needed, may also be available on Albany Street or Main Street. Cars and vans can park in metered spaces on many streets around the museum or in the 55 Franklin Street garage.

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