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In line with MIT’s guidelines regarding COVID-19, the MIT Museum Collections will remain closed for reference, loans, and other inquiries until further notice as we monitor the rapidly changing concerns associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

We will share updates on our website, here, and through our social media channels. Stay well and we hope to see you again soon.

The Museum houses rich and diverse collections of art, artifacts, prints, rare books, technical archives, drawings, photographs and holograms dating from the 7th century BCE to today. The collections reflect the diverse interests of the MIT Community from the Institute's 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.

Beta version of our new collections portal

Almost 46,000 object records, including the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff nautical collections, are now available on the beta site of the Museum’s online collections portal. We invite you to explore the site and give us your feedback. With your help, we will continue to improve the portal and look forward to a full launch when artifacts from all of our collections will be available.

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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