Move to Kendall FAQs

Where will the new Museum be located? 
Why are you moving?
When will the new Museum open?
When will you be vacating the current location?
Will the current Museum be open until the new one opens?
Will the new Museum be bigger than the current one?
Will there be a store?
What else will be in the new building?
How is the new Museum being paid for?
What will be different about the new Museum?  
Will the admission price change?
Will the hours change?
How does being in Kendall Square benefit the Museum?  
How does being in Kendall Square benefit the Institute?  
 

Where will the new Museum be located?
The new Museum will be located in Kendall Square at 314 Main Street, right beside the entrance to the Kendall Red Line T-stop.

 

Why are you moving?
We are moving because we’ve outgrown the space available to us at 265 Mass Ave., and we have the opportunity to move to a purpose designed museum facility in a better location on campus.

 

When will the new Museum open?
Our new building will be ready for fit-out in December 2020, and we hope to open the Museum to the public in October 2021.

 

When will you be vacating the current location?
We won’t be moving out of 265 Mass Ave. completely. The Museum will retain approx. 14,000 SF of space (currently galleries) on the second floor of N52 for functions (including active collections management) that cannot be accommodated in the new Museum. MIT has not announced plans for reuse of the remainder of our current space in N51/N52.

 

Will the current Museum be open until the new one opens?
We expect a transition period in which we are not fully operational in both spaces, but the actual transition plan still needs to be defined.

 

Will the new Museum be bigger than the current one?
The new Museum will have much more generous public spaces; there will be more room to circulate, more gallery space, and a lot more space for educational and public programs.

 

Will there be a store?
Yes, of course! The store will be three times the current size and will carry a larger selection of merchandise.

 

What else will be in the new building?
The MIT Museum will occupy the first three floors, and the top 14 will be leased out. Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, has leased approximately 100,000 square feet in the building. On the ground floor there will be a café and the MIT Press Bookstore on the east alongside the Museum space, and a restaurant on the west side.  

 

How is the new Museum being paid for?
The new Museum will be supported by MIT, and with funds raised from donors. The total fundraising goal is $100 million, which includes fit-out and endowment goals. Almost $33 million has been raised to date.

 

What will be different about the new Museum?  
Virtually everything! The new Museum at Kendall has given us the opportunity to evaluate and assess what kind of a museum we want to be. We are using the time leading up to the move to survey our visitors, test out new ideas, and bring together advisors so that we can be a better museum going forward.

 

Will the admission price change?
We are still evaluating pricing.

 

Will the hours change?
We hope to offer expanded hours.

 

How does being in Kendall Square benefit the Museum?  
Kendall Square is such a perfect fit for the museum. It’s a buzzing, lively gateway location, with great access for visitors. We hope and expect that the new Museum will become a meeting ground for MIT community members, Kendall entrepreneurs, and the wider community.

 

How does being in Kendall Square benefit the Institute?  
The Museum has been invited to anchor a new gateway to campus in Kendall Square. The presence of the new Museum at 314 Main Street will provide a bold welcome and introduction to the Institute for all of its many visitors from around the world. At the same time, the new Museum will serve to connect the Institute with the Kendall Innovation District whose development it has done so much to encourage.

 

 

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