Past Exhibitions

Big Bang Data

Through April 1, 2018

Big Bang Data explores the intersections of culture, technology, and society in the digital age.

György Kepes Photographs

György Kepes Photographs I

Through March 5, 2018

György Kepes (1906-2001) was one of the most influential art practitioners, educators and writers of the twentieth century, and his work as a painter and art teacher has been celebrated in both exhibitions and scholarship.

Herreshoff Collection Highlights

Through February 22, 2018

See highlights of ship portraits and plans from the Hart Nautical Collection's Herreschoff archives, on view in the hallway to the left of the second-floor visitor services desk.

Recreating Edgerton

Through February 22, 2018

See artist Jorge Otero-Pailos's "Space-Time 1964/2014," a C-print documenting his 2014 re-enactment of Harold Edgerton's iconic 1964 photograph "Bullet Through Apple." Otero-Pailos worked with MIT Museum staff using Edgerton's original equipment.

Holography: Dimensions of Light

Through February 2018

View and interact with selected works from the MIT Museum’s comprehensive holography collection in Holography: Dimensions of Light.

The Enemy by Karim Ben Khelifa

Through December 31, 2017 [SOLD OUT]

The Enemy by Karim Ben Khelifa, a groundbreaking interactive Virtual Reality (VR) exhibition and immersive experience, makes its North American premiere at the MIT Museum. 

Projects and Prototypes: MIT Student Work

Through September 10, 2017

Inventive projects and kinetic sculpture by MIT students exemplify the Institute’s legendary values of creativity, ingenuity, and practical problem solving.

Images of Discovery: Communicating Science through Photography

Through September 10, 2017

Experience photography as a tool for communicating about—and inspiring a passion for—science and technology.

The Diamond Trace: Kimberley, South Africa in Photographs by Patrick Tourneboeuf

Through September 3, 2017

In The Diamond Trace, French photographer Patrick Tourneboeuf examines the aftermath of a city that grew after the discovery of a big diamond, and was all but abandoned when the gems became scarce.

Cosmic Bell: Exploring Quantum Weirdness

Through September 3, 2017

Cosmic Bell and its integrated program is an innovative experiment in public engagement with complex science topics. The exhibition explores the Cosmic Bell Experiment, an international, research project led by MIT physicists David Kaiser, Alan Guth, and Andrew Friedman.

Rapid and Deployable: An Experiment in Fast Construction

Through August 30, 2017

Through one student project, explore how architects, designers and artists are redefining practices, pioneering techniques, and experimenting with material properties.

Désiré Despradelle, Perspective detail of the Beacon of Progress, c. 1899.

Grazia Toderi and Désiré Despradelle: Spectacular Cities

September 28, 2016 - March 19, 2017

Despite careers separated by a century, architect Désiré Despradelle (1862–1912) and artist Grazia Toderi (b. 1963) share a conception of the city and urban architecture as spectacle.

Imagining New Technology

Imagining New Technology: Building MIT in Cambridge

Through September 4, 2016

A collaboratively built 3-D model and rarely seen architectural drawings, photographs, and objects celebrate the centennial of MIT in Cambridge.

Public and Private: East Germany in Photographs by Ulrich Wüst

September 5, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Public and Private: East Germany in Photographs by Ulrich Wüst presents Ulrich Wüst’s evocative views of the former totalitarian state and the transformations of the capital, Berlin, before and after reunification.

5000 Moving Parts

November 21, 2013 – January 19, 2015

Melding art, science, history and technology, 5000 Moving Parts featured sculptures by Anne Lilly, John Douglas Powers, Takis, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and Arthur Ganson in collaboration with sound artist Christina Campanella.

The Jeweled Net: Views of Contemporary Holography

Through March 2015

The Jeweled Net: Views of Contemporary Holography presented a rare opportunity to view selected works from the world-wide community of practicing display holographers.

Photographing Places: The photographers of Places Journal, 1987–2009

January 22 - August 16, 2015

This exhibition in the Kurtz Gallery for Photography featureed a range of images by twenty photographers whose work appeared in the influential landscape and urban design journal Places between the years of 1987 and 2009, when the journal moved online.

Daguerre’s American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840–1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection

April 18, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Provocative, thoughtful and sometimes haunting, the portraits in this exhibition of 19th century Americans portray men, women and children during an era when new photographic technologies were just becoming accessible and popular.

Stanley Greenberg: Time Machines

September 13, 2013 - March 16, 2014

New York-based photographer Stanley Greenberg has long entranced viewers with his stunning black-and-white photographs that provide unparalleled access to objects and places ordinary people might otherwise never see—from New York's century-old water system to the hidden infrastructure of some of

Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things

April 13, 2013 – September 27, 2013

We use them every day. They influence our lives. They are so common that we rarely think about them: the hidden heroes of everyday life. Be it a dowel, a tea bag or a zipper, these objects are classics.

After Katrina: MIT's Department of Urban Studies + Planning Takes On Big Questions About Rebuilding

May 3, 2013 - September 15, 2013

After the event of Hurricane Katrina, faculty, students, and alumni from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) worked in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast with many organizations and on many issues.

Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya

April 13, 2012 – March 17, 2013

During the past century, many glaciers of the Greater Himalaya have been in retreat. Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya reveals the dramatic glacial melt through stunning photography taken by mountaineer, filmmaker and Glacier

MIT is ... 36 (of Many) Pictures and Stories

2013

"What is MIT?" Ask the MIT community to describe the Institute and you will hear a thousand different stories.

Joël Tettamanti: Compass Points

2013

Joël Tettamanti’s photographs are a vast archive of the structures, villages and cities that people create and inhabit, and the landforms and climates that shape their culture.

The Poster Art of Jaqueline Casey

2012

Graphic designers rarely achieve fame or even public recognition for their work, although that work is often highly visible and broad in its impact. Jacqueline S.

Ways of Seeing: An exhibition of student projects by the MIT Museum Studio

April 12 – 18, 2012

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.” —John Berger

This exhibition featured projects that explore the use of light for changing the way we see and communicate.

Berenice Abbott: Photography and Science: An Essential Unity

May 3 – December 31, 2012

The MIT Museum opened the new Kurtz Gallery for Photography with an inaugural exhibition featuring over seventy images by Berenice Abbott taken while working at MIT.

The Paradiso Synthesizer

Through 2012

The sounds produced by the Paradiso Synthesizer are “programmed” manually by running wires between various outputs and inputs.

Dark Machines

Through 2012

To accompany the exhibition Berenice Abbott: Photography and Science: An Essential Unity, Daniel Jackson, an avid photographer and MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science, created a photographic essay documenting current scientific research at MIT.

Holography: The Light Fantastic

2005-2012

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.

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