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Second Fridays Program Archive

Activate your weekend!


Jump-start your weekend with the MIT Museum. Get up close and personal with Kismet the Robot, or see the world in 3-D through our one-of-a-kind holography exhibit. Enjoy performances, demonstrations, and lectures throughout our galleries.


Mix and mingle; relax and unwind.

Join us for our ever-popular after-hours program series.

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Friday of every month.
Free admission to the galleries, plus additional activities.

Second Fridays Program Archive:

2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | Detailed descriptions



Hands-on Activities

Create amazing light graffiti images using portable LEDs, build structures out of candy and everyday materials, or make a marble-sized roller coaster.


Theme: Nanotechnology Night

Explore carbon nanotubes and virus batteries.


Theme: Celebrate Holography

Debunking Hollywood's Holographs, GlowDoodle, and Luminous Windows 2010.



Theme: Art and Animation!

Explore animation through the ages.


Theme: Darwin Day

Celebrate the life and work of Charles Darwin on the 201st anniversary of his birth!


Theme: Nautical Adventures

Talks, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more.


Theme: International Development Night
Please join us for a fascinating expo and reception featuring some of the latest innovations and technologies surrounding international development at MIT.


Theme: MIT Authors

Join members of the MIT faculty for book readings and discussions.


Theme: Celebrating the Mind and Hand Exhibit

Come to the Museum for your last chance to see our history of MIT exhibit, Mind and Hand: The Making of MIT Scientists and Engineers.


Free admission to the galleries.

No additional activities for Summer 2010.


Free admission to the galleries.

No additional activities for Summer 2010.

Free Admission to the Galleries
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.
Featured Program: Laserfest 2010: The Laser at 50
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the laser!

Featured Program: Video Games at MIT

Meet some of the creative minds behind the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab.


Featured Program: Light Expo

Celebrate the opening of Luminous WIndows 2011.



Featured Program: 150 and Beyond

It's a Sesquicentennial Celebration at the MIT Museum!


Featured Program: Making Movies/Making Science

Challenge your views of the world around you with video screenings from MIT’s DV Lab.


Featured Program: Nautical Night

Come 'sea' the MIT Museum in a new way!


Featured Program: MIT Hacks

Enjoy free admission at the Museum as we celebrate the history of hacking at MIT.


Featured Program: Reel World MIT

Enjoy a night "behind the screens" at the MIT Museum.


Free admission to the galleries

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.


Featured Program: Explore MIT

Enjoy scavenger hunts in the Museum's award-winning MIT 150 Exhibition.


Featured Program: Summer Sampler

Find out what happens at the MIT Museum over the summer!


Featured Program: Starbound with Joe Haldeman

Join MIT author Joe Haldeman for an evening of literature and conversation at the MIT Museum.


Featured Program: Feel the Heat

Presenters from MIT Lincoln Laboratory present an evening of hot science and engineering.


Featured Program: Lights, Cameras, Actions

Celebrate the intersection of art and technology with hands-on demonstrations and light projection experiments at the MIT Museum.


Featured Program: A Farewell to MIT 150

Join us for a final celebration of the MIT 150 Exhibition during our monthly free evening.



Ready, Set, ZOOM!

Zoom into the new year with a showcase of high-speed engineering projects by MIT students and alumni.


Spacewar! Turns 50

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this Spacewar! with a larger-than-life celebration of this influential game.


Nautical Night

Celebrate MIT and the sea at MIT Museum's third annual Nautical Night.


Rivers of Ice

The MIT Museum welcomes to you to the public unveiling of Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya.


Abbott in the Photographic Landscape

Get an insider's view of the gallery's inaugural exhibition, featuring revolutionary physics imagery from American photographer Berenice Abbott.


No special programs

Due to MIT Commencement activities, ONLY the first floor exhibits will be open to the public.

Fri. 7/13
Superstition Mission

Don't be afraid – enjoy Friday the 13th at the MIT Museum as you test your detective skills at the Second Fridays Superstition Mission! 

Fri. 8/10
Slide Rule Olympics

Celebrate calculation and computation with slide rules this summer at the MIT Museum. 

Fri. 9/14
International Design Center Showcase

Meet Dan Frey, MIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Co-Director of the Singapore-MIT International Design Center, and his team as they demonstrate use of cutting-edge tools (think 3-D printers!) that help engineers experiment with and test their engineering ideas.

Fri. 10/12
MIT Takes On Cancer

Join researchers from the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT for a series of exciting talks and hands-on demonstrations of ideas with the potential to change the way the world thinks about, diagnoses, and treats cancer.

Fri. 11/9
Gestural Engineering With Arthur Ganson

Meet Arthur Ganson and tour the Museum's newly-expanded gestural engineering gallery.

Fri. 12/14
Safe Skies and Little Black Boxes

Explore new technologies and meet the team behind the MIT Museum's newest Sampling MIT exhibit.


Fri. 1/11
Hello Holography

Exhibit curator Seth Riskin will lead tours of the MIT Museum's popular display holography exhibition, while museum educators present hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring the scientific principles behind these amazing images.


Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Presents Sila

Join actors, director, and writer at the MIT Museum for a special preview of this new play in development.


Nautical Night

Celebrate MIT and the sea at MIT Museum's fourth annual Nautical Night.


Compass Points: Joël Tettamanti

Get an insider's glimpse of our newest photographic exhibition.


D-Lab Project Showcase

Come see how MIT students are developing technologies that make an impact in our world!


Through the Listening Glass: A Concert by the MIT Glass Band

Immerse yourself in a tapestry of glass-blown music.


Insight to Innovation!

Learn about some unconventional inventions at MIT.


Circuit Symphony

Make music unique electronic instruments and other devices.


The Thread That Binds Us

Contribute to a quilt representing the greater MIT community.


Chain Reaction!

Build a mechanical contraption and link it together with those made by others!


MIT Does Food

Learn about the ways that MIT students and alumni are working with food.


5000 Moving Parts

Join artist Anne Lilly, curator Laura Knott, and Gamelan Galak Tika in an exploration of our newest exhibition, 5000 Moving Parts.


Detailed Program Descriptions

2009/2010 | 2010/2011 | 2011/2012 | 2012/2013 | 2013/2014

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