Past Programs

MIT Can Talk Oratory Competition

February 3, 2018, 1-2 p.m.

Watch MIT students, staff, and community members compete for over $1000 in cash and prizes as they each share a five-minute talk about “Taking Risks.” Vote for your favorite competitor and hear tales by local storytellers.

Artists’ Talk: Boston Coastline: Future Past

January 6, 2018

Hear from artists Catherine D'Ignazio and Andi Sutton as they share insights on their installation Boston Coastline: Future Past, part of our Big Bang Data exhibition.

Gyorgy Kepes Bar 1938

Bringing Kepes into Focus

December 6, 2017

How does one interpret another artist’s intention? Hear about the challenges photographer Charles Fendrock faced while printing vintage, never-before-printed negatives from the Estate of György Kepes.

Are We The Enemy?

Are We The Enemy? The Neuroscience of Conflict and Empathy

November 30, 2017

Join Dr. Emile Bruneau and Dr. Karen Ross to explore how human cognitive habits encourage bias, separation, and conflict. 

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

November 23, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Help build or just observe this massive chain reaction made up of dozens of individual devices designed by teams from all over the country.

Hops & Knots

November 17, 2018, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Grab a friend—and a beer—and enjoy an evening of tinkering, knot-tying and building a Rube Goldberg-esque device. 

Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Help Sessions

Fall 2018 - October 13, 27 & November 10, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Want help designing your contraption for the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction? Join us for contraption construction building help sessions.

Girls Day

November 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Each November and March we honor the contributions of women in science and encourage girls to stay excited about all things STEM.

Big Bang Data

Big Data 101

October 24, 2017

Join Sandy Pentland, MIT Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, Director of the MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory, and Co-leader of the World Economic Forum Big Data & Personal Data Initiatives for a discussion on big data.

Family FUNstruction

October 20, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Get the ball rolling with a night of Family FUNstruction!  Develop your own Rube Goldberg-esque contraption, then at the end of the evening, link your contraption with others to form one mega-chain reaction.

The Comic Book Story of Video Games

The Comic Book Story of Video Games

October 11, 2017

Join us for a conversation as The Comic Book Story of Video Games author Jonathan Hennessey and MIT Game Lab Creative Director Philip Tan explore the groundbreaking history and social im

Using Digital Tools to Explore American Political Divides

October 10, 2017

Join Nabeel Gillani, graduate student and research assistant in the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab for an exploration of ways to see past our differences and understand the humanity of the opposing side.

Empathy for Conflict Resolution

October 3, 2017

Join MIT Professor Ceasar McDowell in a salon-style conversation on interpersonal conflicts, including how empathy can be used to overcome tribalism, and creating human connections across lines of ideological division. 

The Enemy – From Concept to “Virtual” Reality

September 26, 2017

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at The Enemy, a cutting edge Virtual Reality (VR) experience that explores three international political conflicts.

Living in the Future

Living in the Future

Saturday, September 16, 2017

How do today's technologies reflect what we've seen on the big screen?

Both/And

Both/And: A Quantum Physics Play

Summer 2018

Both/And, an inventive one-act play is part comedy, part poetry, and all inquiry into a major scientific experiment taking place right now.

Food for Thought

July 18, 2017

Prepare your taste buds for a night of food, science, and culture during this two-part evening! Join the MIT Museum as we make our way around the block in a progressive dinner adventure that could include freshly brewed coffee, sticky buns, tacos, local wine, burgers, or sake!

Spring into Science Saturday

Spring 2018

Learn from MIT students as they "show and tell" the amazing work they are creating on campus. 

Cambridge Science Festival

April 13 - 22, 2018

Every April, as part of this city-wide festival, enjoy performances, learn about cutting-edge research, and meet scientists and engineers of all kinds.

How to Make a Superhero

April 22, 2017

Have you ever wondered what makes a superhero super? What is a supersuit made out of and how hard it is to maintain a secret identity?

Teen Science Cafe Sound Ideas

Teen Science Café

December 2, 2017

Explore the science of sound and music at our Teen Science Cafe, a fun event connecting local teens with scientists and each other.

Exposed

April 7, 2017

Take a peep at some unusual holograms rarely before shown in public. Arouse your interest in these mesmerizing 3-D images and hear from art & scientific experts. Crafted cocktails and other decadent treats on hand. 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Nautical Night

March 30, 2017

An evening of conversation, demonstrations, and celebration of the sea.

Girls Day

November 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Each November and March we honor the contributions of women in science and encourage girls to stay excited about all things STEM.

Feb Fest

February 19–24, 2018

Enjoy February school holiday week at the MIT Museum with hands-on learning activities and demonstrations each day.

Love and Other Entanglements

February 10, 2017

Join us for a pre-Valentine’s Day warm-up event featuring stories, live music and a little theater.

MIT Can Talk Oratory Competition

February 3, 2018, 1-2 p.m.

Watch MIT students, staff, and community members compete for over $1000 in cash and prizes as they each share a five-minute talk about “Taking Risks.” Vote for your favorite competitor and hear tales by local storytellers.

Science Showdown: Trivia Night

December 8, 2016

Challenge your science side! Join us for a night of science trivia and short talks by science researchers. See how you'll fare with categories ranging from anatomy to astronomy! 

Beers and Gears

November 12, 2016

Grab a friend and a beer, and enjoy an evening of tinkering and building a Rube Goldberg device. Whether you are a novice or master builder we’ll have the supplies you need to construct your link.

MIT The Campus Guide - Book Talk and Signing

November 2, 2016

Join us for a book-talk and signing with Douglass Shand-Tucci, author of MIT: The Campus Guide.

What's on!

Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 15

Teen Science Café: AI&U

Holiday Hours

December 24 & 25 - Closed
December 31 - 3 p.m. closing
January 1 - Closed

Weekends

Idea Hub