Holography: The Light Fantastic


This exhibition explores MIT Museum's collection of holograms—the world's largest such collection. The holograms on display provide a truly unique visual experience and survey the usefulness of holography, from anthropological and archival renderings to credit card security.

Artists began experimenting with holographic imaging techniques in the 1960s, bringing an imaginative level to holographic technology.

What is a hologram?
A hologram is a 3-D image that results from a complex set of imaging activities involving lighting the object to be recorded on a film or digital recording device, in a particular manner, as with a laser, using a direct beam of coherent light.

Looking at the holograms in the MIT Museum’s collection will give you an idea of the variety of ways that a hologram can be created.