Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT Museum
Building N51 265 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm / Closed Major Holidays
Hart Nautical Collections
The Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections are one of the oldest and most extensive archives of nautical technology in the USA. The collections date from the 16th century to recent cutting edge ocean technologies. The collections primarily document design and construction by the leading ship builders, marine engineers and yacht designers of the past 150 years.
The original purpose of the Hart Nautical Museum was to support the teaching of naval architecture and marine engineering at MIT. Since its inception over eighty years ago, the collection has developed into one of the most important archives of nautical technology in America. The current focus of collecting is documenting MIT's substantial involvement with ocean technology development and building on the strength of our existing collections.
The Hart Nautical Collections
The collections consist of artifacts, books, plans, photographic materials, models, marine art, and technical records. The following link to Hart Nautical Collections List takes you to a detailed summary listing of these collections and available finding aids.
The Hart Nautical Collection is open to researchers by appointment only, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For access to collections, contact the curator.