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Address: 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Mit Bldg N51, Cambridge, MA 02139
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+1 617-253-5927
10:00 - 05:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The MIT Museum presents temporary and permanent exhibitions at the nexus of...

The MIT Museum presents temporary and permanent exhibitions at the nexus of art, science, and technology, as well as events, programs, and weekend demonstrations.

People from around the world come to visit and learn about holograms, kinetic art, artificial intelligence and original research that has shaped the world. FebFest and the Cambridge Science Festival fill winter and spring school vacation weeks, while the very fun "Friday After Thanksgiving" chain reaction event is held nearby at an MIT gymnasium, while produced by the Museum.

The MIT Museum also has a physical and online science-themed store, and the galleries are available for small functions.

Located in the Central Square Cultural District the MIT Museum is surrounded by unique restaurants, theaters, music venues and a renowned local ice cream store. Look for our yellow chairs!

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Complicated robotics in basic terms

We had fun exploring the evolution of robots produced by this institution. Also really enjoyed the hands-on components.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sarah G
Ottawa, Canada
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Brunswick, GA
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful museum with great exhibits. The upstairs exhibit that features a mix of art and mechanics was excellent. Our visit was during the Cambridge science festival and there were several groups of MIT students sharing their research projects. It was fascinating.

Thank apresco
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were expecting more from this museum. Only 2 floors, first floor was mostly comprised of entrance and gift shop. Some exhibits were being installed as we visited. What they did have on display was impressive but it was not a lot. This is a great place for kids who are into robotics and adults whom appreciate small, quick museum... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had fun exploring the evolution of robots produced by this institution. Also really enjoyed the hands-on components.

Thank Sarah G
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

I rated as very good in the sense of very good for students and children. For a person who has more in-depth knowledge of technology etc. this will not be something 'wows' them (especially when you consider the admission fee). It has some 'cool' displays and interesting historical work.

Thank banj2015
Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

A small but much overlooked place. Kids get excited and you learn new stuff. We visited it 10 years ago and it has really improved since then. It is the Isabella Stewart Garner of Science at Boston...

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

First, it was a bit disappointing since I wanted to see robots and more interesting things. This museum is really small compare to others famous places in the area but the entrance is not that expensive so... I guess you get what you paid for. They have nice exhibitions with real pieces of the human intellect and engineering. You can... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

The only museum I have ever been to where everything works! They have masses of hands on machines mostly designed by MIT students which are facinating. Great insights from the student project work. Computing exhibits were looking a bit dated and tired (October 2016) but looked at tho there were going to be updated shortly. Good for a couple of... More 

Thank timm586
Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

We loved all of the exhibits, especially the sculpture and photography. It was an excellent mix of science and art. There are some interactive exhibits and downstairs we talked with some researchers at MIT who were demonstrating their work. Very neat!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We saw so many wonderful exhibits at the MIT Museum, it's hard to know what to highlight, but here goes. My favorites included the kinetic sculptures (with foot pedals to set them into motion), the holograms, the art glass (designed with the aid of a software program), and the scientific photography exhibit. I loved the way each merged art (lots... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

$10 a person. It was very interesting museum. Lots of displays about robots and mechanical engineering. Worth a visit. Takes about 1 1/2 hours to see.

Thank maxrebos

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