What to do
... on campus
We also invite you to explore MIT's public art collection, which includes works by Alexander Calder, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Jaume Plensa, Matthew Ritchie, and Frank Stella (view online map). And as you travel around our urban campus, look for the green spaces that comprise MIT's collection of pocket gardens.
Campus art & architecture
- Building innovation - campus architecture
MIT's campus vision is to create infrastructure that fosters the cross-fertilization of ideas, with architecture that reinforces the vital, forward-thinking spirit of the community it serves. Such modern masters as Alvar Aalto (Baker House), Eero Saarinen (MIT Chapel, Kresge Auditorium), I.M. Pei (Wiesner Building, Green Building, Dreyfus Building, Landau Building), Steven Holl (Simmons Hall), and Frank Gehry (The Ray and Maria Stata Center) have all designed buildings for MIT.
- MIT Office of the Arts
The Office of the Arts is your gateway to all forms of artistic expression
at MIT: architecture, dance, film, literary arts, media arts, music,
theater, and visual arts. It may surprise you to learn that MIT
has a thriving arts community. More than 60% of incoming freshmen are already involved in the arts and several hundred performances take place on campus each year. Be sure to consult the Arts
Calendar and the MIT Events Calendar for arts events. You might also visit the complete list of campus galleries and the Student
prior to your visit to get a taste of the arts at MIT.
- List Visual Arts Center
The List Visual
Arts Center is at 20 Ames Street (Building E15), Atrium level. It houses a collection of contemporary art in all media, in addition to managing the Artists in Residence and Percent-for-Art programs. Hours and directions are available on the List website. Admission to all exhibitions and related events is free and open to the general public. Group tours of exhibitions and of the outdoor public sculpture collection may be arranged by calling 617-253-4400.
The galleries and Bartos Theatre (20 Ames Street, lower level) are wheelchair accessible. Other assistive accommodations (listening devices, ASL interpretation) may be arranged two weeks in advance by calling 617-253-4400. The Massachusetts Relay Service number (for calls originating within Massachusetts) is 800-439-2370 (TTY).
- MIT Museum
The MIT Museum is located at 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Building N52. In addition to the world's largest collection of holography, the museum features Kismet and other MIT robots and the interactive sculpture of Arthur Ganson, as well as programs and activities for all ages.
Hours and the MIT Museum calendar are available at the Museum’s
website, as are the hours the Hart Nautical Gallery in Building 5. All facilities at the
Museum and its galleries are wheelchair accessible, and sign language
interpretation and disability assistance are available through Visitors’ Services.
Please call them at 617-253-5927.
- MIT Events Calendar
On the MIT Events Calendar, you can search for lectures, performances, and participatory events throughout
the year. Please note that departments are not required to submit information
to the calendar; if you are looking for the location of an event that
is not listed, please call the department directly using the Offices and Programs directory.
If you have a special interest, be sure to browse MIT's list of student groups for everything from ballroom dancing to the Society for Creative Anachronism to WMBR, MIT's student-run radio station, as well as more than 60 cultural and language groups.
... in Cambridge
We’ve heard there is life outside the lab.
With its cafés, bookstores, and student community, Cambridge is often referred to as "Boston's Left Bank." Central Square is known for its international restaurants and music clubs; Harvard Square for its bookstores and street performers. You'll find award-winning improv comedy in Inman Square. Kendall Square is home to MIT, and is the center of the high tech and biotechnology industries in Massachusetts. In North Cambridge, Porter Square boasts the region's largest concentration of Japanese eateries and shops, and in nearby Somerville, Davis Square hosts a vibrant arts community.
... in Boston and Massachusetts
Before 1660, a trip to Boston from Cambridge involved a ferry
ride and an eight-mile walk. You will find it more convenient to take
the T or a cab across the river - or even walk. After all, it's only 364.4 smoots and one ear.
Hide out in the courtyard of the Boston Public Library or see and be seen on Newbury Street. Take a Duck Tour in the city or a cruise through the Harbor Islands...Boston and Cambridge have something for everyone.