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Whether you’re a prospective student or just visiting the Boston area, we invite you to explore our dynamic campus and experience firsthand how MIT is making a better world.

Currently, visitors are welcome in outdoor spaces on campus and may enter non-residential campus buildings while escorted. See the visitors policy for full details.

MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, across the Charles River from Boston, in the vibrant innovation district of Kendall Square. Founded in 1865, MIT established a new kind of independent educational institution relevant to an increasingly industrialized America. Since then, the Institute has built a robust tradition of solving problems in the public interest at the intersection of technology and humanity.

Welcome Center

The MIT Welcome Center is now open at 292 Main Street in Kendall Square, conveniently located next to the Kendall/MIT MBTA subway station. Stop by to get guidance about visiting MIT and pick up a campus map (and to use the restroom, fill your water bottle, or charge your phone). The adjacent green space is also a great place to have lunch or take a break. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., excluding MIT holidays

The MIT Welcome Center is a gift of Tina and Hamid (SB 1977, SM 1978) Moghadam.

MIT Welcome Center

Campus Tours & Information Sessions

The Undergraduate Admissions office hosts virtual information sessions and tours for prospective students. No on-campus information sessions or tours are currently being offered due to the pandemic. However, visitors are welcome to explore campus with our self-guided walking tour. As soon as public health permits, we will offer information sessions and campus tours for prospective students at the MIT Welcome Center. Visit mitadmissions.org for online and in-person registration.

Prospective graduate students usually arrange visits through individual departments, though the MIT Sloan School of Management and select departments within the School of Engineering offer tours.

Many departments, classrooms, and labs radiate from the Infinite Corridor.

Getting Here & Getting Around

A great place to start your visit is at the MIT Welcome Center, located at 292 Main Street, Cambridge. Parking can be tough here! We recommend public transportation or a taxi/rideshare service (such as Uber or Lyft) to campus.

Via public transportation

Boston’s public transportation system is the MBTA, known as “the T.”

  • Subway: From any terminal at Logan Airport, take the Silver Line bus to South Station. At South Station, change to the Red Line subway to Kendall/MIT (inbound toward Alewife). The ride should take about 30 minutes and is free. 

  • Bus: The 64, 68, and 85 lines stop near the MIT Welcome Center. The #1 bus stops on Massachusetts Avenue, about a 15-minute walk from the Welcome Center.

  • Shuttle: The EZ Ride shuttle runs to and from Boston’s North Station, with stops at Kendall Square and around MIT’s campus (Note: EZRide is not operated by the MBTA; fare is $2 cash per trip).

From Logan Airport

  • Taxi or rideshare: Taxi fare from the airport is about $35–$40, and a rideshare service can range from about $20–$35. During non-rush hour, the ride will take about 15 minutes; during rush hour, it may take 30 minutes or more.

  • Subway: From any terminal at Logan Airport, take the Silver Line bus to South Station. At South Station, change to the Red Line subway to Kendall/MIT (inbound toward Alewife). The ride should take about 30 minutes.

Amtrak

  • South Station, Boston, is the closest train station. South Station is served by the MBTA Red Line, which connects to MIT at the MIT/Kendall stop.

Bluebikes

  • Bluebikes is the Boston area’s public bike share program. There are several stations around campus for renting or returning a bike. Visitors may purchase an Adventure Pass, which is valid for 24 hours.

Parking

  • Parking in Cambridge and Boston can be expensive and hard to find. Whenever possible, park where you’re staying and use public transportation or a taxi/rideshare service. If you must drive to the campus, on- and off-street parking is available for a fee, but most public parking is not very close to the center of campus. More parking information is available from Parkopedia.

The Kendall/MIT subway station is the closest stop to campus.
The Red Line train crosses the Longfellow Bridge, which connects Cambridge and Boston.
Cyclists pass by the Collier Memorial.

While You’re Here

From art and architecture to history and culture, there is plenty to see and do, both on campus and in the greater Boston area. Explore the MIT Events Calendar to see what's happening on campus. Many events are open to the public.

Currently, visitors are welcome in outdoor spaces on campus and may enter non-residential campus buildings while escorted. See the visitors policy for full details.

On the MIT campus

  • Walk straight through the doors at 77 Massachusetts Avenue to stroll the Infinite Corridor (OK, it’s only 1/6th of a mile). You’ll get a feel for the bustling intellectual heart of MIT — especially if you’re there when classes change!
  • Stop by Killian Court, the leafy oasis where we hold each year’s Commencement, and gaze up at the Great Dome. (At 8,800 square feet, it’s larger than the domes of St. Paul’s in London and the U.S. Capital Building. And it was the site of some historic hacks.

  • Take in the galleries and exhibits at the MIT Museum, where art, science, and technology intersect.

  • Explore public art on campus, including works by Picasso, Calder, and other major artists.

  • Visit the List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s contemporary arts museum.

  • View students’ creative work at the Wiesner Student Art Gallery.

  • Experience the lyrical serenity of the MIT Chapel, a small masterpiece by renowned Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen. 

  • Browse MIT’s special collections, including historical documents, rare books, and maps, at the Maihaugen Gallery of the MIT Libraries.

  • Learn about nautical engineering at the Hart Nautical Gallery, which houses one of the most important collections of nautical materials in the country.

  • Witness the work being done at the cutting edge of cancer research at the Koch Institute Public Galleries.

  • See a display of hacks on the Charles M. Vest Student Street in the Stata Center.

  • Go underground to see the Borderline Mural Project, a single, connected mural created by 25 MIT-affiliated artists.

  • Shop at the MIT Coop for MIT-branded apparel and other souvenirs.

Around Cambridge and Boston

Other resources
Killian Court and the Great Dome
“Alchemist,” by Jaume Plensa, is part of MIT's public art collection.
Hackers placed a life-size cow on the top of the Great Dome
See one of Arthur Ganson’s mesmerizing kinetic sculptures at the MIT Museum.