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MIT Museum Quick Facts
The MIT Museum attracts 130,000 people annually including many international visitors.
The Cambridge Science Festival, which has its home at the MIT Museum, attracts over 50,000 people to events and programs held throughout the city every April.
The MIT Museum is located in a multi-use building at 265 Massachusetts Avenue, just up the street from the main MIT building and campus. Its 52,000 square feet includes galleries, offices, collection storage, and education space.
Other spaces on campus that are overseen by the MIT Museum include the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery and the Hart Nautical Gallery.
Open to the Public
The MIT Museum is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., except major holidays. July and August only: Open until 6 p.m.
Engaging with the MIT Museum
The MIT Museum has both permanent collections and changing exhibitions on two floors, an education classroom, and an online and onsite science-themed store.
Through a range of programs for a variety of ages, the MIT Museum offers talks, tours, conversations, hands-on activities, educational workshops, 21+ evenings, family events, and festivals.
There are opportunities for MIT students, professors, and staff as well as for the public to volunteer, intern, or otherwise engage with the MIT Museum.
The MIT Museum has just over a million objects in its collections, including the world’s largest collection of holograms, the Hart Nautical Collection, and the Institute’s Architecture and Design Collection, which ranks among the top architectural drawing collections in the world. Many of these objects can be found in the museum's online collections database.
From questions about yacht plans to research about past professors, from films made in the ’60s to iconic images for publications, the MIT Museum collections staff answers thousands of questions and photography requests per year.