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.
FEES AND PAYMENT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
The senior rate is for individuals of age 65 or older. Back to top
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Please look for metered spaces on streets around the Museum. Back to top
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
• 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.
Request a reservation for your group.