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5000 Moving Parts

A note from MIT Museum Director, John Durant

What does it mean to be a Friend of the MIT Museum? It means that you become part of the expanding circle of supporters who are helping us to connect kids, families and adults with MIT's unique—and uniquely creative—problem-solving culture.

Here at the MIT Museum, we depend on our Friends to help us build new exhibits, mount new gallery demonstrations, and offer new educational workshops. Annual gifts help to oil the wheels—metaphorically, and literally!—of our mobile exhibits, light our holograms, and offer a wider range of educational workshops to visitors.

These are exciting times for the MIT Museum. We've been delighted with the response to our Year of Kinetic Art, centered on the special exhibition 5000 Moving Parts. It's no accident that our galleries are becoming more interactive, not least around our efforts to make MIT student involvement a more everyday part of the Museum experience. During the spring semester this year, the MIT Museum Studio helped develop the 11 projects that make up Inventions: 2014 MIT Student Showcase. It's a reflection of the popularity of these exhibitions that over the past year we've welcomed an all time record number of almost 125,000 visitors to the Museum.

In the midst of all this, I'm delighted to be able to tell you that big changes are afoot: as part of the plan to redevelop MIT's East Campus, 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 in a gateway position on the campus, close by the Kendall/MIT subway stop, and thus ideally placed to serve as an even more effective bridge between MIT and the wider community. Watch this space for more news as plans unfold.

We hope you will be along for what promises to be an exciting ride. For now, as always, our focus is to help sustain the Museum as a place for people of all ages to connect with MIT's spirit of innovation. Thanks again for your generosity, and for your commitment to our mission.

With best wishes for the year to come,

John Durant

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