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Address: 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Mit Bldg N51, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone Number: +1 617-253-5927
10:00 - 05:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The MIT Museum presents temporary and permanent exhibitions at the nexus of...

The MIT Museum presents temporary and permanent exhibitions at the nexus of art, science, and technology, as well as events, programs, and weekend demonstrations.

People from around the world come to visit and learn about holograms, kinetic art, artificial intelligence and original research that has shaped the world. FebFest and the Cambridge Science Festival fill winter and spring school vacation weeks, while the very fun "Friday After Thanksgiving" chain reaction event is held nearby at an MIT gymnasium, while produced by the Museum.

The MIT Museum also has a physical and online science-themed store, and the galleries are available for small functions.

Located in the Central Square Cultural District the MIT Museum is surrounded by unique restaurants, theaters, music venues and a renowned local ice cream store. Look for our yellow chairs!

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Looks small on the outside but has 2 floors

Fascinating displays ranging from photography (early stages) to amazing holograms exhibit. Definitely was worth the trip!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This isn't a huge museum, but wow, it's great. In addition to having important part of the artificial intelligence artifacts and historic robots on display the exhibition of "gestural engineering" by Arthur Ganson is just amazing. I could spend a week just watching these creations... I will come back again for sure, a really cool museum. And it's really fun... More 

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating displays ranging from photography (early stages) to amazing holograms exhibit. Definitely was worth the trip!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The MIT museum is small but worth a visit if you trend nerdy and have an hour or so to kill. The displays chronically the development of robotics/AI are good and the hologram exhibit is fascinating. Kids will enjoy some of the more hands on elements.

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New Vernon, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Budget about 2 hours if you want to see everything in the museum. The upstairs is 90% of the exhibits with the remaining on the first floor. You can learn a lot about artificial intelligence and robotics and the impact MIT had on both of these areas. There is an interesting section on holograms and its history. My favorites are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We have visited the MIT museum with our 13 and 16 years old kids. They had many questions as of the free "can touch" section in the 2nd level. We have encouraged them to question many open ideas when visiting the AI and Robotics section of the museum. The only sad think I can say, as an adult, is that... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

If you are an inventor, innovator, investor, or otherwise just interested in how ideas combine with science to create new inventions that we can or will be using - this is your place! So much practical and beautiful combinations of sciences and practice into useful items.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

An eclectic assortment of science/technology/art exhibits. Some are of work that was done some time ago, which may seem dated, but those exhibits are designed so you can learn how and why they work. I felt I quickly learned a lot, in an easy and intuitive way. Superb instructional design. And quite a wide range - some displays are of... More 

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Lahore, Pakistan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is just fine but weekend activities make it a 5 star. Would be 3 star otherwise. Look for idea hub activities to find the activity you are most interested in

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Insch, Scotland, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Thought MIT would be cutting edge of technology but the museum is certainly not. Display is old technology which does not I hope repressent what MIT is achieving today. Very lack lustre

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is small, but well presented. The two major themes are Robotics and Holograms. The surprising aspect of it for our family was that the exhibits were old and there was almost no modern day technology on display. There were a few examples of projects done by students, which highlighted the focus students have on creating things whilst studying... More 

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