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New exhibit "Making Digital Tangible" explores the work of Hiroshi Ishii of Tangible Media in the MIT Media Lab, who has...
11/08/2019
Making Digital Tangible | MIT Museum

New exhibit "Making Digital Tangible" explores the work of Hiroshi Ishii of Tangible Media in the MIT Media Lab, who has spent his career working to give physical form to digital information and computation. Now on view.

Making Digital Tangible Through August 31, 2020“My dream is to make bits tangible and atoms dance.” - Hiroshi Ishii Hiroshi Ishii, founder and director of the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab and influential visionary of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), has spent the last quarter centu...

The Whirlwind computer's fascinating history. "The machine was built of digital logic based on vacuum tube circuitry. It...
11/01/2019
Gambling on Whirlwind: How the US Navy Spent $3 Million+ and Got a Computer Game - CHM

The Whirlwind computer's fascinating history. "The machine was built of digital logic based on vacuum tube circuitry. It was large . . . over 2,000 square feet of floor space, with almost 100 racks of equipment to make up the essential part of the machine."

The discovery of the Whirlwind’s Blackjack contributes to the historical record of games being created and implemented on early electronic digital computers from the late 1940s and early 1950s. As part of a project to restore Whirlwind software, we’ve recovered the game from original tapes in th...

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology through June 2020.  Don't forget to look down!
10/30/2019

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology through June 2020. Don't forget to look down!

The Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA Community) kicks off its 120th-anniversary celebrations at this weekend’s MIT Alum...
10/10/2019
Interactive Timeline: Women at MIT

The Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA Community) kicks off its 120th-anniversary celebrations at this weekend’s MIT Alumni Leadership Conference, and has released a new interactive timeline chronicling women’s history at MIT, starting in 1870 with the admission, as an “experimental student,” of one Ellen Henrietta Swallow.

As the Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA) marks its 120th year, it has released a new interactive timeline chronicling women’s history at MIT

Polaroid's instant cameras and the unique square images they produced instantly stir up memories for many of us. Explore...
09/24/2019

Polaroid's instant cameras and the unique square images they produced instantly stir up memories for many of us. Explore the intersection of art and technology in "The Polaroid Project," opening October 11. Artists include Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Dennis Hopper, Chuck Close, Andy Warhol and many more. 📷 Ellen Carey, "Pulls (CMY)."

Our fall program listings are now online. Join us for explorations into nautical engineering, high-speed and instant pho...
09/20/2019
Public Programs | MIT Museum

Our fall program listings are now online. Join us for explorations into nautical engineering, high-speed and instant photography, chain reactions and more. Grab your calendar and follow the link: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/engage/programs

Public Programs Explore the fascinating world of MIT—cutting-edge research, engineering, and innovations—at performances, talks, programs, hands-on workshops, festivals, and more.

Visitors exploring "Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson."
09/11/2019

Visitors exploring "Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson."

"Studio work will culminate in a final project of creating interactive paranormal interfaces." We're excited to see the ...
09/03/2019

"Studio work will culminate in a final project of creating interactive paranormal interfaces." We're excited to see the work that will be produced by students of the new MIT Museum Studio course "Paranormal Machines," led by Graham Jones & Seth Riskin.

The Museum is closed for Labor Day!
09/02/2019

The Museum is closed for Labor Day!

Today is the final day to explore "Drawing, Designing, Thinking," a look at 150 years of work by MIT Department of Archi...
08/25/2019

Today is the final day to explore "Drawing, Designing, Thinking," a look at 150 years of work by MIT Department of Architecture. Stop by to see how the department continues to rethink the future of architecture in a rapidly changing world. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2UAmRTj

THIS WEEKEND: Explore 150 years of architecture at MIT. "Drawing, Designing, Thinking" closes Sunday, August 25.
08/22/2019
Drawing, Designing, Thinking: 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT | MIT Museum

THIS WEEKEND: Explore 150 years of architecture at MIT. "Drawing, Designing, Thinking" closes Sunday, August 25.

Drawing, Designing, Thinking: 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT Through August 25, 2019To mark its 150th anniversary, the MIT Museum, in collaboration with the MIT Department of Architecture, presents a dynamic exhibition exploring architecture, education, and design through the lens of stud...

"It’s like buying art, only art you can sail." Boston Magazine features "Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legac...
08/14/2019
How to Sail like a New Englander

"It’s like buying art, only art you can sail."
Boston Magazine features "Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legacy" in their recent story, "The Ultimate Guide to Sailing like a New Englander."

41 tips and tricks to take you from a hopeless beginner to a salty dog (or at least help you bluff your way through August on the Vineyard).

Explore 90 prints from the Bauhaus collection, exhibited in celebration of 100 years of the art schol.  "Arresting Fragm...
08/12/2019
Arresting Fragments: Object Photography at the Bauhaus | MIT Museum

Explore 90 prints from the Bauhaus collection, exhibited in celebration of 100 years of the art schol. "Arresting Fragments: Object Photography at the Bauhaus" on view through September 1.

Arresting Fragments: Object Photography at the Bauhaus Through September 1, 2019In celebration of the Bauhaus centennial, the Museum presents Arresting Fragments: Object Photography at the Bauhaus, featuring 90 prints from Bauhaus Archive, Berlin, collections. The Bauhaus (1919-1933) was an influen...

Thanks for the mention Boston On Budget!
08/08/2019

Thanks for the mention Boston On Budget!

The MIT Museum is included in Boston on Budget's article "Free Things to Do in Boston." Visit before August 25 to see "Drawing, Designing, Thinking: 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT." Learn more: http://mitsha.re/zwXl50vs9jl
MIT Museum Boston On Budget #Free #Boston

Join us tomorrow at 6p, along with MIT Libraries, for a hackathon!  Help us create and improve Wikipedia entries for MIT...
08/05/2019
Women of MIT Wikipedia Hackathon | MIT Museum

Join us tomorrow at 6p, along with MIT Libraries, for a hackathon! Help us create and improve Wikipedia entries for MIT alums⁠—no experience necessary. Details online.

Women of MIT Wikipedia Hackathon August 6, 2019, 6 - 8:30 p.m.Team up with the MIT Museum and the MIT Libraries to create and improve Wikipedia entries for MIT alums. No experience necessary, training will be offered that evening. Recommended for teens and adults. Free.

“I was very proud,” Denniston recalled recently, remembering how she, her husband, and their two children watched the mo...
07/15/2019
How Massachusetts made the Apollo 11 moon landing possible - The Boston Globe

“I was very proud,” Denniston recalled recently, remembering how she, her husband, and their two children watched the moon landing live on television along with millions of people around the world. “I said, ‘I worked on that.’”

The skill and diligence of hundreds of Mass. workers enabled the US to fulfill President John F. Kennedy’s pledge to put a man on the moon in less than 10 years.

“The one thing that I really love [in creating an artwork] is the problem-solving and the fact that the real world will ...
07/11/2019
Profile: Arthur Ganson | MIT Museum

“The one thing that I really love [in creating an artwork] is the problem-solving and the fact that the real world will always be honest with me ... ” - Arthur Ganson, kinetic sculptor. "Gestural Engineering" is on view at the Museum.

Learn more about Ganson's creative process and work in our artist profile:
https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/profile-arthur-ganson

CC: Arthur Ganson Gestural Engineering Exhibit, Mit

Profile: Arthur Ganson Artist and engineer Arthur Ganson’s kinetic sculptures have been captivating visitors to the MIT Museum since 1995. The relationship began serendipitously, when a graduate student in mechanical engineering saw Ganson’s work at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts...

Thanks for the mention in your story on science travel around the nation, Science Friday!
07/06/2019
Planning Your Science Travel Itinerary

Thanks for the mention in your story on science travel around the nation, Science Friday!

Suggestions for science-focused locations to add to your summer vacation plans.

The Museum will be closed Thursday in celebration of Independence Day. Happy Fourth of July! 📷 Mark Ostow
07/03/2019

The Museum will be closed Thursday in celebration of Independence Day. Happy Fourth of July! 📷 Mark Ostow

The Museum will be closed Monday, June 17, for a staff development day.
06/14/2019

The Museum will be closed Monday, June 17, for a staff development day.

06/07/2019
Mike Bloomberg

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Celebrating #MIT2019 – and my Boston roots today. Looking forward to addressing Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s class of 2019 tomorrow.

Summer's almost here, and that means our in-house makerspace, the Idea Hub, will be open daily beginning June 19!  Stop ...
06/04/2019
Idea Hub | MIT Museum

Summer's almost here, and that means our in-house makerspace, the Idea Hub, will be open daily beginning June 19! Stop by for activities including nautical engineering, sewn circuits, and programming with Scratch! Details online.

Idea Hub OngoingSchedule Open on weekends from 12 - 4 p.m., through June 16. Open June 19 through August 6, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. weekdays, and 12 - 4 p.m. weekends. Closed June 28 & July 9. View the upcoming weekend Idea Hub activity schedule Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circui...

The Museum will be closed today, Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.
05/27/2019

The Museum will be closed today, Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

Explore 150 years of the MIT Department of Architecture in "Drawing, Designing, Thinking," through August.
05/25/2019
Drawing, Designing, Thinking: 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT | MIT Museum

Explore 150 years of the MIT Department of Architecture in "Drawing, Designing, Thinking," through August.

Drawing, Designing, Thinking: 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT Through August 25, 2019To mark its 150th anniversary, the MIT Museum, in collaboration with the MIT Department of Architecture, presents a dynamic exhibition exploring architecture, education, and design through the lens of stud...

From the MIT Museum collections ...
05/20/2019

From the MIT Museum collections ...

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness day. This old map of campus is textured and labeled in Braille.

To learn more about MIT accessibility tools and resources go to studentlife.mit.edu/atic

We're excited to participate in another Free Fun Friday this year, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation! The Muse...
05/07/2019
Free Fun Friday | MIT Museum

We're excited to participate in another Free Fun Friday this year, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation! The Museum is one of 100 institutions taking part this year, and admission will be free for all on June 28. Mark your calendar! http://ow.ly/mc0v50u1WyA

Free Fun Friday June 28, 2019It’s time once again for Free Fun Friday at the MIT Museum, a fun-filled, free day with drop-in activities for all. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, this annual tradition has allowed children and families to enjoy free admission at cultural venues throughou...

Explore our newest installation, In Motion, which explores how movement is harnessed and deployed in a variety of ways. ...
05/06/2019
In Motion | MIT Museum

Explore our newest installation, In Motion, which explores how movement is harnessed and deployed in a variety of ways. In addition to our robots, and a look at seal whiskers, the exhibit also incorporates, *for the first time in any Museum*, a Looking Glass Factory holographic display with animation.

In Motion OngoingMotion, an essential element of our world, can be harnessed and deployed in a variety of ways. In Motion explores some of these including robots that navigate terrain, perform tasks, and engage with people around them, video that transforms into 3D sculpture, and an underwater motio...

"PhD student Sarah Schwettmann explains how the study of visual perception can translate students’ creativity across dom...
04/26/2019
3Q: The interface between art and neuroscience

"PhD student Sarah Schwettmann explains how the study of visual perception can translate students’ creativity across domains." Her work is on view at the MIT Museum Studio (Bldg 10-150).

PhD student Sarah Schwettmann explains how the study of visual perception can translate students’ creativity across domains.

The Museum will be closing Thursday, April 25 at 3 p.m. for a private event.
04/24/2019

The Museum will be closing Thursday, April 25 at 3 p.m. for a private event.

"Nuclear science and engineering graduate student Miriam Kreher codes to create better models for complex interactions w...
04/24/2019
Fine-tuning multiphysics problems

"Nuclear science and engineering graduate student Miriam Kreher codes to create better models for complex interactions within nuclear reactors."

Nuclear science and engineering graduate student Miriam Kreher codes to create better models for complex interactions within nuclear reactors.

"What sets apart “Arresting Fragments” is how it conveys a particular sense of why the Bauhaus was so influential. ... I...
04/18/2019

"What sets apart “Arresting Fragments” is how it conveys a particular sense of why the Bauhaus was so influential. ... In ways both varied and unexpected, 'Arresting Fragments' gives a sense of the remarkableness of that remarkable mix: the sheer spiritedness of its spirit."

- The Boston Globe "Looking back at the Bauhaus: objects of their affection." Review now online: http://ow.ly/hR6550qNdew

04/18/2019
Neuron Paint Night Timelapse

Timelapse of last night's Neuroscience Paint Night event with illustrator and painter Monica Oh and Eyewire executive director Amy Sterling. Participants painted pyramidal neurons!
https://youtu.be/sK-mPA1WZs4

Illustrator and Painter Monica Oh and Eyewire Executive Director Amy Sterling teamed up with the MIT Museum to host the second Neuron Paint night on April 17...

WEDNESDAY 1-4p: Join us for "Accessible Technology: New Ways to Interface with the World" and learn how researchers are ...
04/16/2019

WEDNESDAY 1-4p: Join us for "Accessible Technology: New Ways to Interface with the World" and learn how researchers are working to create a more inclusive world.

We'll be joined by the following partners: The AbleGamers Foundation, Lowell e-Nable, Enabling Engineering, GRIT Freedom Chair, IBM Accessibility Design-IBM Research, Keane Lab, MIT Assistive Technology Information Center (ATIC)-MIT Student Life, Museum Stories of VS/Vision Aid, Open Style Lab, Puffin Innovations, Seeing for the Blind, Touch Graphics, Inc., Touchthispage, VisionGlass, We Help. (📷 The Unlimbited Arm via Lowell e-Nable)

Join us for Mathternoon: Mon. 4/15, 1-4p and try your hand (and mind) at a variety of analytical explorations, including...
04/12/2019

Join us for Mathternoon: Mon. 4/15, 1-4p and try your hand (and mind) at a variety of analytical explorations, including paper folding, slide rules from the Museum's Collections, and graph theory challenges.
Details: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf#apr15

TEACHER WORKSHOP | Middle and high school teachers: Learn how to integrate hands-on engineering projects into your curri...
04/12/2019

TEACHER WORKSHOP | Middle and high school teachers: Learn how to integrate hands-on engineering projects into your curriculum during our Sail Through Engineering Teacher Workshop, Apr. 18, 9a-4p. Register online: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf#apr18

04/10/2019

Cambridge Science Festival kicks off this Friday! In addition to the Festival's events and programs held all over the city, the Museum hosts programming for all ages. Join us for 10 days of science-related activities!

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