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Massachusetts Institute of Technology  /  MIT Museum
Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm  /  Closed Major Holidays

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MIT Museum Calendar

November 2014

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Idea Hub: Hands-on Engineering and Design

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics!

Free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 12 and up. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.

Thurs. 11/6

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Fright Factors - CANCELLED

 

Sat. 11/8

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Girls Day @ the MIT Museum

Encourage young women to tap into their inner engineer with a day of science-themed activities. Meet MIT scientists and engineers from a variety of fields and ask them about their careers as female scientists.

Eastern MA Girl Scouts may register for morning or afternoon holography workshops.

Fri. 11/14

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Second Fridays: Always Connected - The Promise of Wearable Technology

Discover how wearable technology is changing the way we interact with the world and each other. Explore the latest products and research projects and listen to presentations by leaders in the field.

Free with Museum admission.

Sun. 11/23

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. @ the MIT Media Lab

Math Day with MITxplore

Register your 4th-6th grader for a day of math fun! The MIT Museum is partering with graduate group MITxplore to offer interactive activities about geometry, probability, and calculations.

Free Museum admission for student participants.

Fri. 11/28

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. @ Rockwell Cage Gymnasium
17th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction
Whether it's the reaction induced between two creative contraptions or the joy sparked on the faces of spectators, the MIT Museum's Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction is a one-of-a-kind engineering feat that must be seen to be believed!

This year's theme is PRIME (for F.A.T.'s 17th birthday), and artists Arthur Ganson and Jeff Lieberman will once again mastermind the choreography of this Rube Goldberg machine. Register your team and build one of the 30+ highlights of this year's reaction!

Spectators:
$15 for adults; $5 for children ages 5-17, students, seniors and MIT ID-holders; Free for children under 5.
Spectator fee includes same-day admission to the MIT Museum, until 6:00 p.m.

Discounted tickets available online.

December 2014

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Idea Hub: Hands-on Engineering and Design

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics!

Free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 12 and up. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.

Mon. 12/1

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Planets & Life: Human and Planetary Perspectives

Panel Discussion: Whither the Earth: Hands off? Geoengineer? Or Biosphere 3?

Enjoy a discussion of how we should go about addressing the changes that humans are causing on our planet. With Samuel Bowring (MIT), Daniel Schrag (Harvard), and David Keith (Harvard).

Free with museum admission

Fri. 12/5

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

MIT Trashion Show

Participate in a night of sustainable fashion and enjoy creations from unconventional materials by student designers.

Thur. 12/11

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

First floor galleries will be closed to the public.

Fri. 12/12

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Second Fridays: Making Time for Play

Whether young or young at heart, discover the role of games and play in education, entertainment, and the way we interact with the world around us. Experience the latest in educational technology and gaming and learn how different cultures have viewed play throughout history.

Free with Museum admission.

January 2015

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Idea Hub: Hands-on Engineering and Design

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics!

Free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 12 and up. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.

Fri. 1/9

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Second Fridays

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum. Mix and mingle; relax and unwind!

Free with Museum admission.

Thurs. 1/29

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MIT Can Talk

Watch MIT undergraduates compete to become a champion orator!

Free with Museum admission.

February 2015

Saturdays

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Idea Hub: Hands-on Engineering and Design

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D design, and a variety of other topics with hands-on making and tinkering exercises!

Free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 12 and up. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.

Fri. 2/13

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Second Fridays

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum. Mix and mingle; relax and unwind!

Free with Museum admission.

Mon.-Sat. 2/16-2/21 Feb Fest: Light, Cameras, Science!

During February vacation week, enjoy daily activities, workshops, gallery tours, and demonstrations, and don't miss our Saturday photography fest!

Tues. 2/24

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War

Meet Ron Fierstein, author of "A Triumph of Genius", the newest biography of Polaroid founder, Edwin Land. Book signing to follow talk.

Free with Museum admission.


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Annual Events:

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction (affectionately known as F.A.T.) is the MIT Museum's annual giant Rube Goldberg event. Dozens of teams build unique, fanciful machines which are linked together to set off a massive chain reaction!

Register your team here

 

February Vacation Week

Celebrate February Vacation Week, aka National Engineers Week!, with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and demonstrations led by MIT students.

Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, is a multi-day festival in April. Activities for all ages, including performances, talks, demonstrations and even a carnival take part through the greater Boston area!