Research Services


- Online Catalog
- Services and Fees
- Policy
- Collection Manual

To contact the Collections and Research staff for donation offers, image use requests, or research appointments, please use our contact forms or email

Please note that due to the current high volume of inquiries it may take us up to 3 weeks to respond to your message.

All research requests must be in writing and include the following:

  • Specific research question
  • Your mailing address, phone number/email
  • Purpose of interest or intended use
  • Previously consulted sources, if any

Research Hours

By appointment only Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

A significant portion of the MIT Museum's collections are stored in a nearby off-site facility. Researchers interested in gaining access to artifacts stored at this facility will need to arrange this with the appropriate curator. Once a month, the museum staff opens this facility (Wednesday-Thursday, the 3rd week of the month) to support such special visits. For the 2014-2015 academic year, these dates are: Sept 17-18; Oct 15-16; Nov 19-20; Dec 17-18; Jan 14-15; Feb 18-19; Mar 18-19; Apr 15-16; May 20-21. Summer hours and access will be extremely limited; please contact the museum with as much lead time as possible for requests to use collections between June-September 2015. Additional days or alternative dates may be arranged at the discretion of the collections staff.

General Information

Services and fees for reproductions and publication, see services and fees.
Museum policies for researchers and publication, see collections use policy.
Plan use policies for study, boat building, and model making, see Hart Nautical Plan policy (pdf).
MIT Museum's collections management policies, see collections manual.
Researchers interested in MIT history should also visit the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections.

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