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Holography: The Light Fantastic


Tigirl, reflection hologram, 1985. Margaret Benyon (MOH-1993.047.183). Photo: © M. Benyon

The MIT Museum has the world's largest collection of holograms!


The holograms on display provide a truly unique visual experience, and survey the usefulness of holography, from anthropological and archival renderings to credit card security.


Artists began experimenting with holographic imaging techniques in the 1960s, bringing an imaginative level to holographic technology.

Learn more about holography at MIT:

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Holography gallery


What is a hologram?
A hologram is a
3- dimensional image that results from a complex set of imaging activities involving lighting the object to be recorded on a film or digital recording device, in a particular manner, as with a laser, using a direct beam of coherent light.

Looking at the holograms in the MIT Museumís collection will give you an idea of the variety of ways that a hologram can be created.