Polaroid Day

November 9, 2019

Join us for a special day celebrating Polaroid and its development of instant photography. Hear stories of how artists informed the technology and how technology provided new ways for photographers to work.

Meet the curators responsible for the development of The Polaroid Project exhibition and offer your own personal Polaroid-inspired stories. Visitors are invited to bring their favorite Polaroid photographs as we build a temporary installation documenting the personal use of the technology over the decades. Explore polarization, Polaroid cameras and more in hands-on workshops in our Idea Hub and throughout the Museum.

Our Polaroid Spotlight Tour series kicks off with an inside look at the development of the exhibition offered by two of its curators, our own Curator of Science and Technology, Dr. Debbie Douglas, and Polaroid’s former Director of Cultural Affairs, Barbara Hitchcock.

Free admission for former Polaroid employees for the day!


10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Enjoy The Polaroid Project exhibition.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bring your personal Polaroids and help us build a community pop-up installation.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore polarization in the Idea Hub.

11 – 11:30 a.m.
Lady Gaga, Polaroid, and the MIT Museum: A perfect trifecta.  Hear about and see the results when a star, a legendary company, and a museum got together.

1 – 2 p.m.
Share your Polaroid memories in this special story-telling hour. Light refreshments served.

1 – 3 p.m.
Take a look at historic models of Polaroid cameras from our Polaroid Petting Zoo.

2 – 2:30 p.m.
Join the curators of The Polaroid Project for a special spotlight tour. Limited tickets available at 1:30 p.m. on the day of event on a first-come, first-served basis.