Become a Friend of the MIT Museum

Friends Program

A note from John Durant, The Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director

What does it mean to be a Friend of the MIT Museum? The Museum depends on this devoted community of supporters for the kind of general operating support that helps refresh and enhance the visitor experience. Those effects are seen and felt in many ways, the most measurable being that we welcomed a record number of visitors to the Museum in 2014.

Many have been drawn by an exhibition that expands on our longtime strength in kinetic sculpture. Since late 2013 (and stretching into January 2015), we have been celebrating a Year of Kinetic Art with 5000 Moving Parts, featuring the contributions of the leading practitioners of the form.

It is no accident that our galleries are becoming more interactive, including an effort to make MIT student involvement a more everyday part of the Museum experience. During spring semester, the Museum Studio helped develop the 11 projects that make up Inventions: 2014 MIT Student Showcase, another very popular exhibition.

Our unique blend of art, science, history, and technology is also captured in Daguerre's American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection. The exhibition lends new perspective to a groundbreaking photographic technique whose rapid adoption made it the social medium of its time.

After much planning and coordination, the Museum's statewide outreach program, Science on the Street, has hit the road, taking advantage of its new mobile unit to deliver 34 events to more than 70,000 people with the help of over 100 volunteers. The program's robust calendar of events is yet another way that we can keep reaching out to an ever-widening audience.

And finally, there are big changes afoot: as part of a plan to reimagine MIT's East Campus gateway, the Museum will be moving to new quarters in Kendall Square in 2019. It is too early to say exactly what shape the new facility will take, but we do know that it will be an enormous boon to the Museum, attracting new visitors and presenting our collections, programs, and activities in previously unimagined ways.

We hope you will be along for the ride. For now, as always, our focus is to help sustain the Museum as a place for people of all ages to explore new ideas and experience MIT's spirit of invention. Thanks again for your generosity and for your commitment to our mission.

John Durant

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