The MIT Museum Collections remain closed through summer 2022 due to COVID as well as collections moves in preparation for the opening of the new MIT Museum at Kendall. This includes all non-MIT loans, image and film reproduction requests, outside research visits, classes, and tours. Some MIT projects may be possible; MIT students, faculty, and staff should complete this form to contact MIT Museum Collections staff.

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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