The museum's Holography Collection is the most distinctive and extensive art collection among the museum's holdings. For more information on terms and techniques used in holography, explore the Holography Glossary. There are collections of faculty and alumni works in many media as well as partial and complete works from the Center for Advanced Visual Studies. The museum is also the repository for official portraits and busts of Institute leaders.

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Considered one of the most important photographs of all time,…

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oil on canvas; signed lower left Charles H. Woodbury entered…

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Holography Collection

The MIT Holography Collection is the world’s largest and most comprehensive holography collection documenting the history of holography from its inception in the late 1940s. Historic holograms include the first reflection holograms, the first laser transmission hologram, and the first white light transmission hologram, created by MIT professor Stephen Benton, a pioneer in the field…

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Two color reflection hologram of woman's head reclined with face…

Full-color portrait shows the front of a computerized image of…

Charles H. Woodbury Collection

Charles H. Woodbury entered MIT in 1882 as a student in Course 2, Mechanical Engineering. While carrying the heavy academic load that MIT required (eight courses in his first semester alone), Woodbury continued his lifelong engagement with painting and drawing. He exhibited his work and took on his first painting student while still an undergraduate.…

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David A. Huffman Collection

Paperfolding sculptures, models, and documentation

David A. Huffman is best known for his work in computer science, particularly the lossless compression method he developed while a graduate student at MIT. In the paperfolding and origami community he is also well known for his pioneering work with curved crease paperfolding.  Paperfolding is closely related to origami, both involve folding paper or…

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Curved and straight crease monohedral regular tiling/tessellation with mirrored tile…