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Special Events, Performances & Tours

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Throughout the year, the MIT Museum hosts and supports special events that engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship. These programs include forums, conferences and demonstrations.


The museum also serves as a unique venue for innovative performances and shows which are thematically linked to our collections and exhibits.

Descriptions for special events, performances and tours at the MIT Museum for Spring 2009 are listed below. Stay posted on all museum events by looking at the MIT Museum calendar.

Special Events / Performances / Tours

Special Events

Forum on Holography
Photos, Neurons and Bits: Holography for the 21st Century
Friday, March 6, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open to the public. On the occasion of the exhibition Luminous Windows: Holography for the 21st Century the MIT Museum presents an interdisciplinary forum at the leading edges of holography and potential partner fields.

MIT’s culture of innovation provides the setting. MIT has contributed significantly to the advancement of holography from the age of film to the digital age. Now intensive, wide-ranging applications of digital technologies present active and emerging areas of holography innovation: volume holography for biological research, 3-D optical illusions for brain research, 3-D “seeing machines” for the sight-impaired. Bold ideas and exploratory dialog across research fronts mark the forum at the MIT Museum, as the digital age of holography advances.

For a more detailed schedule and information on registration, please visit this page.

Graduate Student Expo
Sustainability Night
Friday, April 3, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for a fascinating expo and reception featuring some of the latest innovations at MIT. Sponsored by the International Development Network at MIT held in conjunction with the International Development Conference at Harvard.

Demonstration and Discussion
Stepping into Virtual Worlds
A Cambridge Science Festival Event: “Tech Night”
Friday, May 1, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Online space opens new potential for examining digital communication and relationships.  Join us in looking at the diverse uses of virtual worlds ranging from research to education to entertainment.  Speakers include Drew Harry, a graduate student in the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Lab who worked on the Connections exhibition (through Sept. 13) and John Lester, the Operations Director of the Boston office of Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life.

Demonstration and Discussion
Design for Development Expo
Saturday, May 9, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Come see how MIT students in Amy Smith’s D - Lab  (development, design and dissemination) are creating technologies that make an impact on our world.

Apollo Celebration Displays
at the MIT Museum
MIT Goes to the Moon (Wednesday, June 10 - Sept. 13)
Giant Leaps (Wednesday, June 10 - June 14)

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing
Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 14, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
On July 20, 1969 MIT engineers helped land the first man on the moon.  Join scientists and engineers from MIT’s Aeronautics and Astronautics Department for a look into the current projects being developed for the future of air and space.


Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 8:00 p.m. doors at 7:00 p.m.
This one-man show written by Walter G. Meyer and Brian Bielawski explores, with humor, the conflicts that arise when one person’s online gaming life takes precedence over real-life responsibilities and relationships. Overworked and underappreciated tech support person Steve Jaros, a.k.a. Boreus the White Knight, struggles to entwine fantasy and reality. Enjoy a post performance discussion with the playwright and the professional actor portraying Jaros.

Sponsored by MIT’s Department of Music and Theater Arts, the MIT Museum, the Council for the Arts and the DeFlorez Fund for Humor. This full length play evolved from a film and television show. Please visit the listing on the MIT Events Calendar for more information. Space is limited, please arrive on-time.

Chantey Sing - Celebrate MIT and the Sea!
Sunday, March 15 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Come and sing sea chanteys and other maritime-related songs with a room full of fellow enthusiasts, professional and amateur.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108. Sponsored by NE Chantey Sings.

LOOPS: Digitally Enhanced Performance
Friday, April 24, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $20, student discount available; Audience: Adult
Kick-off the Cambridge Science Festival a day early with this unusual performance that uses data and software from LOOPS, a digital portrait of Merce Cunningham originally made in 2001. Produced by the Boston Cyberarts Festival. Selected LOOPS video and art installation on view at the MIT Museum through May 10, 2009.


As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, we are offering special behind-the-scenes tours at the MIT Museum. Please check our festival calendar for information on these events!

Check our calendar for the most up-to-date special events at the MIT Museum.

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