Celebrate Science at the MIT Museum

January 1, 2015

Celebrate Science at the MIT Museum

Cambridge, MA —The MIT Museum explores MIT invention, ideas, and innovation. Home to renowned collections in science and technology, holography, architecture and design, and nautical engineering, the MIT Museum features changing and ongoing exhibitions, unique hands-on activities, and engaging public programs that inspire visitors of all ages from around the world.

The MIT Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of holograms, many of which are on display, in addition to those created by artists who showcase their new work at the Museum. The holography collection includes the first reflection and laser transmission holograms, as well as works of internationally-recognized holographers such as Margaret Benyon, Rudie Berkhout, Harriet Casdin-Silver, Melissa Crenshaw, Setsuko Ishii, John Kaufman, Sam Moree, and Dan Schweitzer.

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT gives museum visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the inventive concepts and processes that have lead MIT's AI labs to contribute to many fields including medicine, underwater exploration, and entertainment. Learn about tele-operated surgical robots, robotic legs, and socially intelligent humanoid robots that interact with their environments in human-like ways. On display are prototypes and other artifacts that trace the evolution of some of MIT's resident robots, including Kismet, Cog, and RoboTuna!

Another Museum favorite is the Gestural Engineering exhibit featuring sculptures by kinetic artist, Arthur Ganson. Press a pedal or turn a crank and you'll put Ganson's machines into motion. His sculptures explore the nature of oiled surfaces, object manipulation and slow explosions, and are created from a range of materials that he fabricates or finds. Visitors are surprised and mesmerized by this special gallery of sculptures.

New This Winter

January 22, 2015 in the Kurtz Gallery for Photography: Photographing Places opens and will feature 80 photographs by landscape and architectural photographers whose images appeared in the influential landscape and urban design journal Places, founded by MIT and Berkeley faculty, and published in print between 1983 and 2009.

February 14, 2015: Images of Discovery will open and featured the works of renowned photographers, image makers and innovators, Felice Frankel, Harold "Doc" Edgerton, and Berenice Abbott. In this exhibition, images from these three photographers have been selected to showcase his or her curiosity and dedication to making the natural and the technological world more accessible to the public. Each is represented by over ten images that range in subject matter from swinging wrenches to soap bubbles. Interactive experiences will give visitors the opportunity to create their own images of similar subjects. A photostream of selected visitor images will be displayed in the exhibition and online.

From February 16-21st during school vacation week, the MIT Museum will host FebFest. Aligned with the opening of the new photography exhibitions, FebFest's theme is Lights. Camera. Science! Students of all ages will have opportunities to explore the world of science imaging and learn about high-speed photography, new camera technologies and holography through workshops and drop-in activities that take place throughout the week. Topping off this exciting week is the Photography Fair on Saturday, February 21st.

From April 17-26th the MIT Museum will celebrate the 9th Annual Cambridge Science Festival. The festival will highlight the excitement of discovery, and the impact of science and technology in all our lives. Public events, activities and performances during the ten-day festival will take place at the MIT Museum and in other locations throughout Cambridge and Boston.

For a complete listing of exhibitions and events, visit the Museum calendar.

The MIT Museum's mission is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

Visitor Information
MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
Phone: 617-253-5927

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays

General admission: $10.00 for adults; Youth under 18, students, seniors: $5.00; free admission for MIT card holders and alumni. Discounts are listed online.

Parking: Metered street parking and area lots
Public Transportation: Red Line "T" to Central Square or #1 bus