Contact the MIT Museum Collections Department:

We will reply to your inquiry as soon as possible; depending on the amount of research required this may take up to three weeks.

For Research Appointments, please note that our reading room is available Monday–Wednesday, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Research visits are available only by appointment. Please schedule appointments at least two weeks in advance. Some collections are stored off-site and may only be accessible at specified times.

For more detailed information, read our Researcher Guidelines [PDF].

MIT Museum Collections will close for all external, non-MIT loans, image and film reproduction requests, as well as to outside researchers, classes, and tours from September 2020 to August 2022, while the museum prepares for collections moves and the opening of the new MIT Museum at Kendall.
We will do our best to accommodate certain MIT projects during this period. Students, faculty, and staff should contact the collections staff by completing this request form to determine what options are available.

If you are looking for press releases, press kits, information on filming in the galleries, or images and information on current exhibitions or past exhibitions, please contact museuminfo@mit.edu.

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