Research the MIT Museum's vast collections and learn how to request digital files and prints of our materials. We're pleased to help you access the museum's collections to support your research.
The MIT Museum Collections remain closed through summer 2022 due to COVID, as well as collections moves in preparation for the opening of the new MIT Museum at Kendall. This includes all non-MIT loans, image and film reproduction requests, outside research visits, classes, and tours. Some MIT projects may be possible; MIT students, faculty, and staff should complete this form to contact MIT Museum Collections staff.
The MIT Museum’s collections are rich in archival materials, plans, photographs, drawings, company records, personal papers, thesis materials, memorabilia, and much more.
Request Plans and Photos
Digital files and prints of many objects in the museum’s collection, including Hart Nautical vessel plans, are available for study and reproduction.
Our Registrar’s Toolkit provides a summary of various policies governing the acquisition and transfer of objects into and out of the museum’s collection.
- Learn about the criteria for accessioning an object into the museum’s collections
- Learn about the guidelines for incoming and outgoing loans of museum objects
- Download the Collections Manual (PDF)