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Press Release

March 30 , 2011

APRIL 30 - MAY 8, 2010

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Stop by the MIT Museum and discover what everyone is talking about…

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Beginning April 30th, the streets of Cambridge will come alive once again in a celebration of science and technology. The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, will take place April 30 - May 8, 2011 and will highlight the excitement of discovery and the impact of science and technology in all of our lives. Public events, activities and performances during the nine day festival will take place at the MIT Museum and in a variety of locations throughout Cambridge.

To kick off the festival the entire MIT campus will host a campus-wide Open House called Under the Dome - Come Explore MIT! That day, the MIT Museum, like much of MIT, will open its doors for a free day. MIT Museum Inside Out will give visitors the chance to go behind the scenes at the Museum and enjoy a day of exciting activities. Explore unique artifacts from MITís history, as well as innovations in art, science and technology in Cambridge and beyond. The free day will also feature a puzzle hunt (with prizes,) talks, tours, hands-on activities and a chance for visitors of all ages to see the Museum like never before. Learn how artifacts are preserved from the registrar of the Museum, and stop by Live Suggestion Box where staff will take your suggestions under consideration. The dayís activities include table top demonstrations of DNA Legos, the latest technology in robotics and the popular MIT Museum Puzzle Hunt called Crack the Code.

During the week-long festival, the MIT Museum will host many other events and activities for young people, college students and adults. Donít miss the weekday program 'Lunch with a Luminary' featuring Nobel Laureates and other award winners, including Nobel Laureate, economist Peter Diamond; a topical Soap Box breakfast discussion on "The Role Ė and Control Ė of the Internet During Social and Political Revolutions" with a live-link to Cairo, Egypt and possible guests who were instrumental in the January 25th Revolution; and an evening event titled Video Gaming 101, complete with representatives of some of the exciting local gaming companies. There will also be gallery demonstrations, workshops and special tours of the MIT 150 Exhibition happening daily throughout the festival.

"What better place to celebrate all things scientific than right here in Cambridge, home to many of the greatest scientists and engineers in the world," said festival founder and MIT Museum director John Durant. "No place else on Earth has the concentration of superstar researchers, science and math-based companies and big ideas. The Cambridge Science Festival is a way for the whole community to get involved with the globally significant work going on all around us. Plus, itís a lot of fun!"

For more information regarding the MIT Museum and the Cambridge Science Festival go to http://mit.edu/museum/programs/festival. Also follow what's going on at the museum during the Cambridge Science Festival on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

The MIT Museum is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission - Adults: $7.50; Under 18, Students, Seniors: $3.00; MIT ID and children 5 and under: Free. The Museum also offers free admission on Sundays between 10:00 am - noon and on the second Friday of each month from 5:00 Ė 8:00 p.m.

The MIT Museum's mission is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

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Museum Contacts:
Josie Patterson

Regina Norfolk
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Cambridge Science Festival Contact:
P. A. d'Arbeloff, Festival Director

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