The MIT Museum Collections remain closed through summer 2022 due to COVID as well as collections moves in preparation for the opening of the new MIT Museum at Kendall. This includes all non-MIT loans, image and film reproduction requests, outside research visits, classes, and tours. Some MIT projects may be possible; MIT students, faculty, and staff should complete this form to contact MIT Museum Collections staff.
Explore Major Collections
Important collections for the study of architectural instruction and practice from America’s first architecture program.
Includes the world’s most comprehensive holography collection, distinctive collections of maritime paintings, paper-folding, kinetic art, and works from the pioneering Center for Advanced Visual Studies.
The MIT History Collection tells the social and cultural history of MIT since its founding in 1861, including student and faculty life as well as MIT’s role in the development of science, technology, and engineering.
Among the oldest marine technology archives in the United States, the Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections document marine design and shipbuilding.
The museum’s photography collections include works by almost every significant photographer of the 20th century as well as major industrial and academic collections.
Historic artifacts documenting key scientific discoveries as well as instruments and apparatus for teaching from test tubes to the prototype of the LIGO interferometer.
Instruments, artifacts, photographs and related materials that document the history of technology from the mid-19th century to the present, through the lens of MIT.
Over the past two years, a team at the MIT Museum has been working diligently to digitize the entire Haffenreffer-Herreshoff Collection. The goal was to create over 33,000 images by capturing every plan and related document, and share the first major American marine design collection online. Evelyn Ansel, Hayley Hinsberger, and Anna Britton worked with…
Artist and photographer Deena des Rioux was contacted by researchers Polaroid Graphics Imaging in the latter part of the 1990s for help with a special project. In response to demands from printers who were frustrated by proofing technology that required constant recalibration, the Polaroid group was experimenting was experimenting with a new kind of digital…