Event Rental


Massachusetts Institute of Technology  /  MIT Museum
Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm  /  Closed Major Holidays

If the MIT Museum is closed due to snow, there will be a message here.

Second Fridays

May Second Friday

InventNight with Lemelson-MIT JV InvenTeams

5/9: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Learn how the students in the Lemelson-MIT JV InvenTeams are learning about engineering and design as they present their inventions and teach you how to build your own contraptions. Brainstorm and prototype your way through the museum and learn how JV InvenTeams teaches students how to use their imagination to create amazing inventions!

The JV InvenTeam initiative is a program designed to cultivate inventive curiosity and skills in ninth and tenth grade students traditionally lacking access to hands-on enrichment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Free admission. Sponsored by Lemelson-MIT.

Past Programs for 2014:

Jan | Feb | Mar| Apr | Previous programs


MIT+K12 Live!

Learn how MIT students in the MIT+K12 videos project are changing the way their younger peers learn. MIT videographers will demonstrate their experiments and activities as they show how cool learning science can actually be. From color-changing chemical reactions to autonomous flying robots, they'll show you a different side of numbers and equations!

5:30 Opening Remarks
5:40 Shape-Changing Lamps to Stiffness-Changing Chairs, Lining Yao
6:00 The Physics of Skydiving, Andrew Horning & MIT Skydiving Club members
6:20 My STEM Story, Dr. Dawn Wendell
6:40 Obake: The Science of Shape-Changing Screens, Dhairya Dand
7:00 The Chemistry Behind Making Giant Bubbles, Elizabeth Choe
7:20 The Forces That Make Planes Fly, Aaron Johnson
7:40 Closing Remarks  



How People Connect

On Valentine's Day, begin your evening at the MIT Museum by exploring a wide range of human relationships - with objects, locations, and other people. Find out how social media can affect community behavior, and how we are able to emphathize and predict what others are thinking. Explore these questions and more with MIT researchers from The Trope Tank, Human Dynamics Group, eCitizen, Saxe lab, and Creative Innovation Network.


The Art and Science of Solar Lights

Explore the beauty, function, and technological potential of solar lights through a series of discussions with MIT scientists and 2014 Eugene McDermott Award recipient Olafur Eliasson. Learn why design is a critical element when developing a functional lamp for global users. Delve into research that will improve materials for capturing and storing solar energy for lighting use, and brainstorm ways of creating solar lighting with flexible materials such as textiles and paper.


Nautical Night

Dive in to a variety of exciting ocean-related activities ranging from marine biology to nautical design. Learn how metalwork and 3D printing are used in nautical engineering, then explore a fascinating world of undersea microbes. Try your hand at both traditional and modern shipbuilding techniques, and get a firsthand look at objects from the MIT Museum's Hart Nautical Collection. With activities from the MIT Foundry and Forge, Oceans at MIT, Sea Perch, and more!

MIT MUSEUM   Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139
P: 617.253.5927   F: 617.253.8994   museuminfo@mit.edu
Copyright © 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology   Arts at MIT

Accessibility Logo

Second Fridays

Activate your weekend!

On the second Friday of each month, jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum. Enjoy performances, demonstrations, and short talks throughout our galleries.

Mix and mingle; relax and unwind!

Free with Museum admission.