Self-guided Gallery Visits

Self-guided Gallery Visits

In the galleries, you'll find ongoing and changing exhibitions on science, technology, and current research ranging from architecture to underwater robots. Self-guided gallery visits are appropriate for student, adult and senior groups.

The MIT Museum presents an exciting array of exhibitions and displays, providing a window into MIT's fascinating world of science and technology.

Discover high-tech artifacts, research prototypes, intriguing scientific instruments, historic photographs, amazing holograms and even ingenious kinetic sculptures!

Visting with kids? Download an activity guide to help you explore our exhibits!

Self-guided gallery visits

Not recommended for preschool groups.

Times: earliest 10:00 a.m., latest 3:30 p.m.

Days: M-F, Sat. and Sun. (except Museum holidays)

Number of Participants: From 8 up to 75 (for groups of more than 75 people, we will work with you to stagger your arrival or help coordinate your visit among additional resources and activities at MIT)

Length: 1 to 2 hours, depending on interest

Fee: see below


Prices in effect as of July 1, 2013

Student groups

$5.00 per student and $10.00 per adult chaperone (1 chaperone admitted free per 8 students or 5 preschoolers, when booked in advance)

Adult groups

$10.00 per adult with complimentary admission for the group leader, when booked in advance.

Senior groups (age 65+)

$5.00 per senior with complimentary admission for the group leader, when booked in advance.

Preschool groups

The MIT Museum is not recommended for preschool groups. $5.00 per child and $10.00 per adult chaperone (1 chaperone admitted free per 5 students)

Note: Group discounts are applicable to pre-booked groups only.

Registration information

Availability is limited, so please book as soon as possible.  Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. During the spring and summer busy season, we recommend that reservations be made as far in advance as possible as we fill up quickly.

Self-guided gallery visits are appropriate for students in Grades 6 and above, adult and senior groups.

Groups of up to 75 people may enter the Museum at a time. Be prepared to divide into smaller groups to explore the Museum. Student groups are required to bring 1 chaperone for every 8 students, and to divide into smaller chaperone-led groups during your visit. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of students in the group; inappropriate behavior may result in groups not being allowed to visit the Museum.

Our MIT Museum gallery activity guides can assist teachers, group leaders, and chaperones with developing a positive gallery-based learning experience for student visitors.

The Museum’s main galleries are at 265 Massachusetts Avenue. The Museum has two additional galleries – the MIT Studio at Compton Gallery and Hart Nautical Gallery – in the center of MIT’s campus.

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