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The Technology Collection documents the Institute's long history in technological developments and pedagogy.

The MIT Museum Technology Collection preserves objects documenting the intellectual, educational, and social-cultural-political history of MIT since its founding in 1861 to the present day. MIT’s role in the history of modern technology is shown through tools from slide rules to stroboscopes, thermometers to telephones, and cathode-ray tubes to computers.

This collection is particularly strong in mid 20th-century electromechanical devices, scientific instruments, and other objects representing research in which the faculty, students, and staff of MIT and its affiliates have distinguished themselves. In addition to approximately 6,000 objects, the Science and Technology Collection includes documents, photographs, drawings, prints, films, videos, and audiotapes.