Contacting the MIT Museum Collections Department

In support of the MIT Museum’s mission, we collect and preserve a wide range of artifacts that are significant in the life of MIT. Our goal is to make the collections accessible to the MIT community and interested researchers as our resources permit. You will find more detailed information on our Research Services webpage.

Whether you simply want to ask a question via email or want to make an onsite visit, please read this contact page carefully so that we might assist you as quickly as possible. Please note, however, that depending on the amount of research required it may take up to three weeks to receive a response.

Our mailing address:

MIT Museum Collections
MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Building N51
Cambridge, MA 02139

Telephone: 617-253-5927
Fax: 617-253-8994

Our email address:

Research Requests:
To make a specific research request, please complete the MIT Museum Reference Inquiry form.

Digital images of many Museum objects are available for study and reproduction. All image requests must be made using the MIT Museum Image Request form.

In-Person Use of Collections:
To request access to the collections please complete the MIT Museum Onsite Research Request form.

Class Visits:
The MIT Museum welcomes requests from college and university classes in science, history of science and technology, architecture, maritime studies, museum studies and many more fields. To begin the process of arranging a class visit please complete the MIT Museum Onsite Research Request Form. (Please note: If you are interested in arranging a gallery tour or are looking for workshops for middle and high school students, please see the museum’s Programs webpage.)

Interns and Volunteers
If you are interested in working with the MIT Museum Collections, please check the museum’s current openings for career, internship, and volunteer positions.

Loan Requests:
If you would like to request a loan of an item from the MIT Museum Collections, please fill out the MIT Museum Loan Request form.  The museum registrarial team will be in contact.

Press Inquiries:
Members of the media who looking for background on a particular story or would like to use the collections should complete the regular MIT Museum Reference Inquiry form. If you are on deadline, please contact our communications staff.

Filming Collections at the Museum:
Please submit the MIT Museum Reference Inquiry form. In addition, please review our filming guidelines. Our collections and communications staff will schedule your visit.

For all other general inquiries, including Visitor Information, contact Visitor Services.