Become a Friend of the MIT Museum

Friends Program

In the everyday life of the MIT Museum, we work with people, processes, artifacts, and our ever-evolving facility. We also work with light. Light transmits information, shapes our exhibitions, shoots through our signature holography collections—and, ideally, illuminates concepts and prompts reflection.

Many of our 2015 exhibitions and activities have given special play to these ideas, from “Working With Light,” one of the unique learning experiences provided by the MIT Museum Studio, to “Images of Discovery” which combines the seminal photography of Berenice Abbott, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, and Felice Frankel with interactive displays that encourage visitors to experiment with innovative photographic techniques and technologies.

Meanwhile, the Kurtz Gallery exhibition program continues a string of successes with its current exhibition, “Public and Private: East Germany in Photographs,” by Ulrich Wüst, as does the recently opened “Projects and Prototypes,” our latest showcase of inventive and kinetic student creations.

At a time of record attendance for the Museum, our educational and public programs keep growing, as illustrated by “The Idea Hub”—our weekend slate of hands-on design and engineering activities—and “Girls Day,” our twice-yearly themed celebrations of women in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Finally, as we prepare to mark the centennial of MIT's Cambridge campus in 2016, we are also developing a plan to build a new Museum as part of the Institute's Kendall Square Initiative. While we take pride in what we have been able to accomplish in our home of many years, the reinvention of this campus corridor gives us an unprecedented opportunity to create a purpose-built space that will help us keep pace with developments at MIT and in the quality of the visitor experience.

Do know that we can only imagine this kind of progress because of your steady support. We appreciate all that you do to enable our current work and to light the way for the future of the Museum.

John Durant
The Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director

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