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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


October 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 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.

Sat. 10/4

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Outdoor Mini Chain Reactions

Chain reaction season has begun! Join us as we build mini chain reactions at the MIT Mini Maker Faire.

Tues. 10/7

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

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 1 - Origins of Life on Earth

Discover what we can we infer about the origin of life from the genomes of living organisms and what the geological record tell us about the Earth's environments during life’s beginnings.

Fri. 10/10

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

Second Fridays: Fall Into A Chain Reaction

Begin preparing for the 17th (a Prime Number in Prime Time!) Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction by testing your building skills during this mini chain reaction.

Free with Museum admission.

Tues. 10/14

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

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 2 - The Invisible Majority

Most fossils are too small to see but there are ways identifying signatures of microbial life in rocks. Find out what molecular fossils tell us, and join a discussion about how we can use them to recognize life elsewhere.

Fri. 10/17

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Energy Night @ the MIT Museum

Celebrate the ingenuity, innovation, and imagination of MIT students while discussing conventional and renewable energies, energy efficiency and storage, and more!
With support from a Graduate Student Life Grant from the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

Mon. 10/20

4:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Planets & Life: Human & Planetary Perspectives

Panel Discussion - The Next Great Mass Extinction

Are we on the verge of great mass extinction? Hear as four researchers from around the country explore this question and more followed by a reception with the speakers.

Tues. 10/21

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

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 3 - Why Life Got Big

For much of the earth's history, microbes were the only living organisms on the planet. Learn what happened to spur the evolution of larger and more diverse animals (including humans!).

Fri. 10/24

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hack Lore: Cows, Cars, and Cannons

Edmund Golaski '99 will share amusing anecdotes about MIT's long and rich tradition of hacking (pranks and other unusual happenings). While here, pick up a copy of Nightwork, a compendium of MIT's best hacks.

Free with Museum admission.

Tues. 10/28

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

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 4- Life Beyond Earth

Discover what we know about the possibility of life in the rest of our solar system and beyond, and join a conversation about what that means for humanity in the future.

Thurs. 10/30

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Daguerre's American Legacy: Gallery Talk

Join collector Bill Becker, lender to the exhibition, as he discusses daguerreotype portraiture and other aspects of early photography as well as his motives as a photography collector.

Free with Museum admission. Limited tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2:00 p.m.


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 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.

Thurs. 11/6

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

Fright Factors

Explore aspects of fear while enjoying the Museum galleries! Learn about the biological basis of fear as well as a variety of scary topics - from bugs to artificial life. Hear from top researchers and leave with more insight into what fear means to you.

Limited tickets available. Ages 21+. Click here to purchase tickets.

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 through online presale


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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!