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Science Collection | Any guess what this might be used for?It is an aerodynamic wind tunnel balance, designed by Leonard...
03/24/2020

Science Collection | Any guess what this might be used for?

It is an aerodynamic wind tunnel balance, designed by Leonard Bairstow in 1912. Balances come in many different forms and can measure aerodynamic loads during wind tunnel tests. This model is a pyramidal balance used for measuring forces and torques.

In 1913, Jerome Hunsaker was determined to build a basic atmospheric wind tunnel, modeled after the European ones he visited. That same year, Hunsaker’s assistant, Edward Warner and student Donald Douglas suceeded, MIT's first wind tunnel was installed, and the Cambridge Scientific balance was put to work.

MIT was the first university in the United States to offer a graduate degree in aeronautical engineering in 1914.

📷 : "Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel Balance", Balance, 1914. Gift of MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

From our Polaroid Collection | Polaroid's Model 95 debuted in 1948 the day after Thanksgiving at Boston's Jordan Marsh d...
03/24/2020

From our Polaroid Collection | Polaroid's Model 95 debuted in 1948 the day after Thanksgiving at Boston's Jordan Marsh department store. The supply of 56 cameras (expected to last until Christmas) sold out within hours. #PolaroidCamera

📷 : "Model 95 Camera" (1948), Deborah Douglas, photographer

03/19/2020
www.amazingeducationalresources.com

Home with the kids and looking for learning experiences? We came across this comprehensive list of activities that should keep them busy. We’ll continue to share ideas, including #MIT-STEM based suggestions. Stay well!
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The MIT Museum will close tonight at 5:00 pm and remain closed until further notice as we monitor the rapidly changing c...
03/13/2020

The MIT Museum will close tonight at 5:00 pm and remain closed until further notice as we monitor the rapidly changing concerns associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

At this time, our focus is solely on the safety of our staff, our campus and community, and our visitors. The CDC has clearly communicated that one of the most effective measures for controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is social distancing, and MIT has issued its own guidelines to keep everyone safe.

The installation of new artwork in #ThePolaroidProject is underway. It’s going so quickly, we’re re-opening Part II earl...
03/05/2020

The installation of new artwork in #ThePolaroidProject is underway. It’s going so quickly, we’re re-opening Part II early! See what’s on view this Saturday. #VisitMITMuseum #PolaroidPhotography #artinstallation

Interested in the physics of photography? Ever wanted to program a robot or build a bridge? Join us for a workshop durin...
02/19/2020
Feb Fest | MIT Museum

Interested in the physics of photography? Ever wanted to program a robot or build a bridge? Join us for a workshop during #FebFest. Limited space available for day-of registration.

Feb Fest February 17 – 22, 2020Join us for Feb Fest, our annual celebration during February school vacation, with daily hands-on activities, tours, workshops, and more.  ACTIVITIES Big Group Build: Chain Reaction Mon., Feb. 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Included with Museum admis...

FINAL WEEK to visit The Polaroid Project Part I. Don't miss the experimental work of iconic artists from Ansel Adams to ...
02/18/2020

FINAL WEEK to visit The Polaroid Project Part I. Don't miss the experimental work of iconic artists from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol before it closes on Feb 23 for two weeks to install Part II. #Photography #PolaroidProject

Our weeklong #FEBFEST starts Monday! Come for a day or the entire #FebruaryVacation. Daily hands-on activities, workshop...
02/14/2020
Feb Fest | MIT Museum

Our weeklong #FEBFEST starts Monday! Come for a day or the entire #FebruaryVacation. Daily hands-on activities, workshops, and tours covering a range from #Photography 📷 to #Robotics. 🤖 Check it out! https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/febfest

Feb Fest February 17 – 22, 2020Join us for Feb Fest, our annual celebration during February school vacation, with daily hands-on activities, tours, workshops, and more.  ACTIVITIES Big Group Build: Chain Reaction Mon., Feb. 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Included with Museum admis...

Last chance to see #ThePolaroidProject Part I before it closes Feb 24- Mar 8. Part II with newly installed photos opens ...
02/12/2020

Last chance to see #ThePolaroidProject Part I before it closes Feb 24- Mar 8. Part II with newly installed photos opens Mar 9. The Boston Globe put it best, “In other words, it’s a show so nice it really will be worth seeing twice.” http://ow.ly/5z0w50yiWKn

Proud of our colleagues Debbie Douglas and Gary Van Zante who greatly contributed to this beautiful book on Doc Edgerton...
02/09/2020
Book Review: 'Harold Edgerton: Seeing the Unseen'

Proud of our colleagues Debbie Douglas and Gary Van Zante who greatly contributed to this beautiful book on Doc Edgerton. 📚Available for purchase in our store.

Long before Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, photographer Harold Edgerton popularized science by capturing the remarkable physics of ordinary events.

"The Polaroid camera bypassed the entire process of developing film. For the first time ever, artists had an immediate l...
01/22/2020
How Polaroid pioneered the instant photography revolution

"The Polaroid camera bypassed the entire process of developing film. For the first time ever, artists had an immediate look at their work." Watch WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen focus in on the original instant photography revelation during the PBS NewsHour!
#polaroid #photography #ArtandTechnology

The Polaroid camera bypassed the entire process of film development, thus providing photographers an immediate look at their work. Released for sale in 1948, the first version was an “instant” hit. Now, the museum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is showcasing the intersection of tec...

Join Cambridge-based artist, designer, inventor, and entrepreneur Tom Norton for the next installation of our Polaroid S...
01/10/2020

Join Cambridge-based artist, designer, inventor, and entrepreneur Tom Norton for the next installation of our Polaroid Spotlight Talk series, Saturday at 2 p.m. (📷 Norton with his piece "Untitled," top left)

Paper Circuits in the Idea Hub! Use copper tape and LEDs to create your own artistic light-up cards, paper models in the...
12/21/2019

Paper Circuits in the Idea Hub! Use copper tape and LEDs to create your own artistic light-up cards, paper models in the Museum's makerspace. Saturday and Sunday, 12-4p.

"When Edwin Land introduced the Polaroid camera and instant film in 1948, it transformed photography in ways few could h...
12/16/2019
The Polaroid Project

"When Edwin Land introduced the Polaroid camera and instant film in 1948, it transformed photography in ways few could have anticipated. The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology illuminates the myriad effects of Land’s invention, just a few blocks from where it all began in Cambridge, MA." ** Thanks for stopping by Elin Spring!

Discover an avalanche of dazzling artwork and examples of Polaroid's remarkable industrial, technical and commercial prowess at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA!

Today at the Museum, test drive a scanning electron microscope for a look at objects magnified over 5,000 times (1-3 p.m...
12/14/2019
Public Programs | MIT Museum

Today at the Museum, test drive a scanning electron microscope for a look at objects magnified over 5,000 times
(1-3 p.m.), and tour the Polaroid exhibition with Victor McElheny, Edwin Land biographer and author of "Insisting on the Impossible: The Life of Edwin Land, Inventor of Instant Photography" (2 p.m.).
Details online: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/engage/programs

The Museum is closing at 3 p.m. today for a private event.
12/11/2019

The Museum is closing at 3 p.m. today for a private event.

20x24 Polaroid Land camera, on view in "The Polaroid Project" at the MIT Museum
12/03/2019

20x24 Polaroid Land camera, on view in "The Polaroid Project" at the MIT Museum

Get hands-on with a scanning electron microscope and zoom in over 5,000 times on an object! We'll be joined by  Akshay A...
12/03/2019
SEM Small Talk | MIT Museum

Get hands-on with a scanning electron microscope and zoom in over 5,000 times on an object! We'll be joined by Akshay Agarwal, who will discuss the role of SEM in his work as a Ph.D. candidate with Mit Department Of Electrical Engineering And Computer Science). Saturday 12/7, 1-3 p.m. Details online.

SEM Small Talk Saturdays, December 7 and 14, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.Drop-by and gather around a scanning electron microscope (SEM) on loan to the Museum. Chat with MIT students and researchers who will explain their ongoing research and how microscopy plays a role. Test drive the microscope yourself, and...

Join us Friday for "a feat you have to see to believe!" The FINAL Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at MIT's Rock...
11/29/2019
BU Today’s Plan for a Non-Boring Thanksgiving Weekend

Join us Friday for "a feat you have to see to believe!" The FINAL Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at MIT's Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, at 1 p.m.

Suggestions for what to do over the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend including where to eat, shop, and go.

The Museum offers professional development opportunities for educators! Join us on Dec. 11 for Sail Through Engineering,...
11/25/2019
For Educators | MIT Museum

The Museum offers professional development opportunities for educators! Join us on Dec. 11 for Sail Through Engineering, a one-day teachers workshop. Learn more about additional dates and offerings: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/educators
CC: Massachusetts Teachers Association, Teachers Who Love Science, NGSS Physics Teachers

For Educators Professional Development Sail Through Engineering: One-day Teachers Professional Development Workshop December 11, 2019, February 20, 2020, and April 21, 2020  Educators know that active learning promotes deeper learning and engagement. And, as Massachusetts science and mathematics s...

A chain reaction from the MIT Museum's Friday After Thanksgiving event.
11/25/2019

A chain reaction from the MIT Museum's Friday After Thanksgiving event.

11/20/2019
Friday After Thanksgiving Preview

NEXT WEEK! Join us for the FINAL Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction event & be sure to take advantage of advance tickets at a discount. Learn more at https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/fat

Join us for our annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction Event! Learn more at mitmuseum.mit.edu/fat

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11/15/2019
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Students in the new anthropology and studio art class 21A.S01 (Paranormal Machines) investigate how humans interact with technologies — and the feelings of wonder, uncertainty, or fascination that can sometimes ensue.��

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.

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