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Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139
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Hart Nautical Gallery

Ship models

Ship Models: The Evolution of Ship Design


Forty of the Museum's finest full-hull ship models depict one thousand years of ship building, from a fifteenth century iron-clad warship to the swiftest clipper ships. Also included is an extraordinary model of N.G. Herreshoff's Reliance – winner of the 1903 America's Cup.

Mechanical Engineering logoMechanical Engineering @ MIT

MIT Museum's Hart Nautical Collections were formed in 1924 under MIT's Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, which was renamed the Department of Ocean Engineering in the 1970s. In 2005, Ocean Engineering merged with the Department of Mechanical Engineering to become one of seven major research focus areas.

The Mechanical Engineering @ MIT exhibition opens on April 9, 2011 and provides a broad overview of the fascinating range of research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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MIT Museum's Hart Nautical Gallery
55 Massachusetts Avenue, Building 5
Cambridge, MA 02139

Open Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Free admission

Kurt Hasselbalch
Curator, Hart Nautical Collections
Phone: 617.253.5942
Fax: 617.258.9107
E-mail: kurt@mit.edu

Model of Reliance

Detail of an outstanding all-metal model of N.G. Herreshoff's Reliance commissioned for the MIT Museum by Mr. & Mrs. John K. Dema and completed by Richard De Vynck in 1999.