Exhibitions

A history of exhibitions lies below. Click on the "More Detail" link for more information about a particular exhibit. To browse all of the objects featured in an exhibition, click on that exhibit's "Search for all items" link.

Claude Shannon's Ingenious Machines

Clever inventions created by the late MIT professor Claude E. Shannon, best known as the father of digital communications and information theory. In the Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery from September 29, 2007 to July 6, 2008.

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Flashes of Inspiration: The Work of Harold Edgerton

A multi-media celebration of the life and work of MIT legend, Harold "Doc" Edgerton, including his development of the electronic strobe and his dedication to making the invisible visible. Opened in the MIT Museum's main galleries in 1999; closed March 2, 2009.

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Hacks at Stata

A selection of some of the best-known MIT hacks are on display in the Student Street area of the Stata Center.

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Holography: The Light Fantastic

Eye-popping works drawn from the Museum's holography collection--the world's largest--that illustrate the artistic and scientific facets of the medium. Ongoing in the MIT Museum's main galleries.

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Mind and Hand: The Making of MIT Scientists and Engineers

Time travel through student life and learning and experience firsthand what an MIT education is really like. In the MIT Museum's second floor gallery from 2001 to 2010.

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MIT Building 20 display in Stata Center

The Magical Incubator -- a tribute to MIT's legendary Building 20 in the Stata Center.

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Scopes, Stationwagons and Solder: unexpected images from the Rad Lab and RLE Collections

In September 2002, the MIT Museum began a major effort to better preserve an extraordinary collection of photographic negatives. By June 2005, we had processed 24,000 negatives from the MIT Radiation Laboratory and the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics. This exhibition, which originally ran from 2005-2006, highlighting some of the more intriguing images uncovered, is a celebration of the completion of the largest photographic preservation project undertaken by the MIT Museum up to that point.

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The Most Important Instrument: Slide Rules and the Making of the Modern World (display)

This set contains information on all the items in the large display case section of the Slide Rules exhibit.

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The Most Important Instrument: Slide Rules and the Making of the Modern World (wall)

This set contains information on all the items in the wall case section of the Slide Rules exhibit, featuring specialty slide rules for a wide variety of purposes.

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The Winning Hand: Images from the MIT Radiation Laboratory Negative Collection

This exhibition, originally at the MIT Museum's Conference Room Gallery from November 2002 to May 2003, highlighted items from the Radiation Laboratory Negative Collection then being processed at the museum.

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Visionary Engineer, Harold Edgerton

Visionary Engineer, Harold Edgerton, showcases the new digital collections that include many photographs from the MIT Museum's now closed Flashes of Inspiration exhibition, as well as thousands of other still and moving images. The exhibit's goal is to reintroduce Professor Harold "Doc" Edgerton to the public at the MIT Museum, and to make known this valuable synthesis of the many digital archives currently located throughout the MIT campus. Opened November 14, 2009; closed September 12, 2011.

Please see http://web.mit.edu/museum/about/pr/2009/visionary.html for more information on this exhibit

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