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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.

Group Visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

RESERVATION PROCESS
1) Do I need to make a reservation for a group visit?
2) How far in advance should I make a reservation?
3) My group is small.  Do I still need to make a reservation?
4) The individuals in my group are not students. How should I make a reservation?
5) What happens to my reservation in the event of inclement weather?

GROUP SIZE AND TYPE
1) How many people can I bring in a group?
2) How many chaperones am I required to bring?
3) Is the Museum appropriate for elementary school-aged students?

FEES AND PAYMENT
1) How much does a visit cost?
2) Are students with college IDs given the $5 admission rate?
3) Who counts as a ‘senior’ for the senior group rate?
4) How many people do I need to have to get the group rate?
5) What payment methods are accepted?

VISIT LOGISTICS
1) How long does it take to explore the entire Museum?
2) What time can we arrive at the Museum? (And, when do we have to leave?)
3) Can my group come for a self-guided visit on the weekend?
4) Can my group come for a workshop or guided gallery tour on the weekend?
5) Is there somewhere in the Museum where my group can eat lunch?
6) What is there to see at the Museum?
7) Will the Museum have activities that the students can participate in when we visit?
8) Does the Museum have a place where we can store our personal belongings?
9) Does the Museum have a gift shop?
10) How do we get to the Museum?
11) Where can we park our bus?
12) Our group is coming in multiple cars – where can we park?
13) What should my group do when we enter the Museum?

Reservation Process

Do I need to make a reservation for a group visit?

Yes, as the Museum can get busy! All groups planning to visit the MIT Museum must make an online reservation at least 2 weeks in advance. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee we will have space for your group. Groups that show up at the door with no reservation will be charged the full admission rate and may be turned away if the Museum is too crowded. Back to top

How far in advance should I make a reservation?

Please book as soon as possible and not that reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. During the spring and summer busy season, we recommend that reservations be made as far in advance as possible as we reach capacity quickly. Back to top

My group is small.  Do I still need to make a reservation?

Yes. All groups should make reservations so we can prepare for your visit. Back to top

The individuals in my group are not students. How should I make a reservation?

All group leaders should start the reservation process using our online Reservation Request Form. When we have reviewed your request -- please allow us 5 business days for this -- you will be contacted by the Museum’s bookings coordinator (by email) to complete the reservation process. Please check your reservation details and reply to the bookings coordinator if you notice anything that is incorrect. Back to top

What happens to my reservation in the event of inclement weather?

If MIT is closed for inclement weather, the MIT Museum will also be closed. In this situation your reservation will be cancelled automatically but we will be happy to reschedule your visit. Check MIT's homepage or call the Museum to confirm closure. If your organization is closed but MIT is not, please notify the Museum if you will be cancelling your visit. Back to top

Group Size and Type

How many people can I bring in a group?

For self-guided gallery visits, groups of up to 75 people may enter the Museum at a time. Be prepared to divide into smaller groups to explore the Museum. Student groups are required to bring 1 chaperone for every 8 students, and to divide into chaperone-led groups during your visit. For groups of more than 75 people, we will work with you to stagger your arrival or help coordinate your visit among additional resources and activities at MIT.

Each workshop and guided tour can accommodate up to 25 people at a time. Larger groups wishing to book workshops and tours will be required to divide into groups of 25 and pay for the additional workshops or tours. We will work with you to arrange the logistics of your visit once you have submitted an online reservation request. Back to top

How many chaperones can I bring?

To ensure a positive experience for all visitors, we require 1 chaperone above the age of 18 for every 8 students in grades K-12. These chaperones are admitted free. Any additional adults must pay general admission. Please remember, chaperones must stay with their assigned students at all times during your visit to ensure the safety of your students and our exhibits. Back to top

Is the Museum appropriate for my elementary school-aged students?

Exhibits at the MIT Museum are geared toward middle school, high school, and adult audiences. Although you may bring elementary school-aged students for self-guided gallery visits, please be aware that the conceptual level of the exhibits may not be appropriate for this audience. Workshops and guided gallery tours are offered only to students in grades 6 and above. Back to top

Fees and Payment

How much does a visit cost?

Self-guided Gallery Visits

Student groups

$5.00 per student and $10.00 per adult chaperone (1 chaperone admitted free per 8 students).

Adult groups

$10.00 per adult with complimentary admission for the group leader.

Senior groups (age 65+)

$5.00 per senior with complimentary admission for the group leader.


Workshops

Student groups

$200 for up to 25 students and $10.00 per adult (1 chaperone admitted free per 8 students) plus a $25 booking fee (waived for reservations made more than 2 weeks in advance). Includes admission to the MIT Museum galleries.

Adult groups

$400 for up to 25 participants plus a $25 booking fee (waived for reservations made more than 2 weeks in advance). Includes admission to the MIT Museum galleries.


Guided Gallery Tours

Student groups

$200 for up to 25 students and 3 adults (1 chaperone admitted free per 8 students) plus a $25 booking fee (waived for reservations made more than 2 weeks in advance). Includes admission to the MIT Museum galleries.

Adult groups

$350 for up to 25 participants plus a $25 booking fee (waived for reservations made more than 2 weeks in advance). Includes admission to the MIT Museum galleries.

Senior groups (age 65+)

$200 for up to 25 participants plus a $25 booking fee (waived for reservations made more than 2 weeks in advance). Includes admission to the MIT Museum galleries.

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Are students with college IDs given the $5.00 admission rate?

Yes. The student rate applies for children in Grades K-12 and/or anyone with a valid college ID. MIT students (and other MIT ID holders) may always enter the Museum for free. Back to top

Who counts as a ‘senior’ for the senior group rate?

The senior rate is for individuals of age 65 or older. Back to top

How many people do I need to have to get the group rate?

Groups of 8 or more get the discounted rate when reservations are made in advance. Back to top

What payment methods are accepted?

The Museum accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, checks (made payable to MIT Museum) and Purchase Orders. Groups paying by Purchase Order must make arrangements at least one week in advance with the Museum’s Receptionist. Passes and discount coupons will not be accepted as payment for group visits.

One person must make payment for the entire group. Full payment is taken at the time of arrival at the Admissions Desk or in advance of the visit. Back to top

Visit Logistics

How long does it take to visit the entire Museum?

Depending on the size of the group and the interest level, it takes anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to tour all the exhibits fully. To fully appreciate the Museum's Collections, you might want to visit our satellite galleries – Compton Gallery and Hart Nautical Gallery – in the center of MIT’s campus. Back to top

What time can we arrive at the Museum? (And, when do we have to leave?)

Groups can visit the Museum during our normal operating hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For self-guided gallery visits, the latest arrival time is 4:00 p.m. For workshops or guided gallery tours, the latest arrival time is 3:00 p.m. Visits to the Museum last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, depending on your group’s level of interest. Back to top

Can my group come for a self-guided gallery visit on the weekend?

Yes. Groups with reservations may come for a self-guided gallery visit any day of the week (except on Museum holidays). Back to top

Can my group come for a workshop or guided gallery tour on the weekend?

We do not offer workshops or formal guided gallery tours on the weekend but we often have gallery facilitators who can answer your questions about particular exhibits.  Back to top

Is there somewhere in the Museum where my group can eat lunch?

The Museum does not have a designated lunchroom or dining facilities on site. However, groups may choose to eat at the cafeterias located in the MIT Student Center or the Stata Center, both in walking distance of the Museum. Additionally, there are a variety of restaurants and outdoor seating areas within a few blocks of the Museum.

What is there to see at the Museum?

The MIT Museum is different than a typical science museum as we have a mixture of science, technology, art and history. Be prepared to look at things closely and engage your mind as you experience our exhibits!

In MIT Museum’s main building (at 265 Mass. Ave.) we have an exciting array of exhibitions and displays, providing a window into MIT's fascinating world of science and technology. In the galleries, you’ll find ongoing and changing exhibitions on science and technology and current research; architecture and design; oceanography, underwater robotics and ship design. Discover high-tech artifacts, research prototypes, intriguing scientific instruments, historic photographs, amazing holograms and even ingenious kinetic sculptures!

If you are willing to take a short walk to the center of MIT’s campus, you will find our satellite galleries (free admission):

Compton Gallery – the Museum's Studio where MIT students develop projects at the cutting edge of art and science.

Hart Nautical Gallery – display of a fascinating collection of ship models depicting 1000 years of ship building history, as well as current research from MIT’s Center for Ocean Engineering.

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Will the Museum have activities that the students can participate in when we visit?

We do not have daily programs or hands-on activities during the school year. However, we have a number of student activity sheets and gallery guides that you can download from our teacher resources page and print before your visit. If you are looking for a more structured experience for your middle or high school students, you might want to book a Museum workshop or guided gallery tour (available on weekdays only).  Back to top

Does the Museum have a place where we can store our personal belongings?

Lockers and coatrooms are available for the storage of personal items. The Museum is not responsible for items left in storage facilities. Back to top

Is there a Museum Store?

Yes, we have a Museum Store full of interesting and educational items. Small groups of students can visit the Store along with their chaperones. Back to top 

How do we get to the Museum?

The MIT Museum is located at 265 Massachusetts Avenue, directly between Central Square and MIT’s main campus. Directions to the Museum are available here. Back to top

Where can we park our bus?

Buses can drop-off and pick-up visitors at the main entrance to the Museum on the corner of Front Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Parking for buses may be available at meters along Massachusetts Avenue, Windsor Street and Front Street. Additional parking, if needed, may also be available on Albany Street or Main Street. Back to top

Our group is coming in multiple cars – where can we park?

Please look for metered spaces on streets around the Museum. Back to top 

What should my group do when we enter the Museum?

The group leader must go the Admissions Desk to check-in and pay (if you have not done so in advance). Once admission has been paid/confirmed, you will be instructed on how to proceed. Please be sure your students are divided into their chaperone-specific groups. Back to top

Policy notices:

• Groups will not be able to eat lunch or snacks inside the Museum – we recommend walking down Massachusetts Avenue to the main MIT campus;

• Groups that show up at the Museum without prior reservations may be turned away if the Museum is too crowded. Please make your group reservations for summer early to ensure that we will have space for you.

 


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