The Museum houses rich and diverse collections of art, artifacts, prints, rare books, technical archives, drawings, photographs and holograms dating from 7th century BCE to today. The collections reflect the diverse interests of the MIT Community from the founding in 1861, to current cutting edge research. The MIT Museum collections support research, publication, restoration, education, public programs and exhibitions. The MIT Museum is committed to continuously expanding online access to our collections.

Coming Soon! Our new collections portal

We are currently working on a digital collections access portal through which our entire Herreshoff nautical archive will be freely available online. Please be in touch with us if you would like to help us beta test the site.

Looking forward, we will additionally make approximately 50,000 objects from other collections viewable by June 2019.

Search advice

To locate collections now available, browse by named collection. You can also search for popular objects like robots, holograms, slide rules, or hacks.

For background and contact information about the Museum collections, explore the links below. The MIT Museum collections are divided into five main departments: Architecture and Design, Hart Nautical, Holography, MIT General, and Science and Technology.

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