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Review of MIT Museum

MIT Museum
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US$ 57.00*
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Ranked #14 of 88 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The MIT Museum presents temporary and permanent exhibitions at the nexus of art, science, and technology, as well as events, programs, and weekend demonstrations. People from around the world come to visit and learn about holograms, kinetic art, artificial intelligence and original research that has shaped the world. FebFest and the Cambridge Science Festival fill winter and spring school vacation weeks, while the very fun "Friday After Thanksgiving" chain reaction event is held nearby at an MIT gymnasium, while produced by the Museum. The MIT Museum also has a physical and online science-themed store, and the galleries are available for small functions. Located in the Central Square Cultural District the MIT Museum is surrounded by unique restaurants, theaters, music venues and a renowned local ice cream store. Look for our yellow chairs!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

It's a full immersion in the engineering's world! The museum shows the beauty of the engineering in a simple way, which everybody can appreciate. The experience starts in the first room where you can see the robotics history with all the robots designed by MIT's students. It's amazing to understand how much technology has grown up during the years. The second room is dedicated to holograms and it's incredible to see how real seem to see the 3-D images made by light. The third room is my favorite! here you can see the exhibition of Arthur Ganson (an engineer) who has been able to make a fusion between the beauty of engineers to magic of the art. In my opinion these two opposite matters, joined together make you reaching the highest level of emotional feelings in a simple and direct way. In the last room you can see an interesting exhibition about "the perfect instant during physics experiments": for example you can see what happens to a balloon hitted by a bullet or the moment when something falls in the water.
Most valuable point: to enjoy the museum at all you don't need to know anything about engineering.

Thank Maria Luisa M
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"cutting edge"
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"cool stuff"
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

This was a new experience for my family and I. We weren't sure what to expect and we're glad we took the time to walk the museum to see what it had to offer. My children enjoyed every moment of it. Definitely a must see.

Thank TBB1985
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

The building looks rather unimpressive from the outside, but a friend of ours urged us to check it out, and we are so glad that we did! We took our two boys (12 and 15) after lunch (my 12 year was complaining that he was tired and wanted to go back to the hotel). But once we went to the MIT museum he immediately perked up and we spent several hours there. Even our teenage son (not easily impressed) was very interested In the exhibit on works of Harold Edgerton. There is an interactive room where kids can touch and experiment. The permanent exhibit of Arthur Ganson's work was amazing. They also show exhibits of MIT student science projects - many of them were recent, and all very interesting, interactive and some were even inspiring. This museum is definitely worth a visit if you go to Boston. MIT alumnus and one guest get in free (you have to tell them your course number). If you are an MIT student, admission is also free for you and one guest. But even if you are none of the above, the admission fee is definitely worth it!

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Had an hour to kill before the college tour. Inspiring creations combining art and science. My teens loved it.

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

This museum has an eclectic and interesting assortment of exhibits that made it a great way to spend a couple of hours with our teen and tween. We go to a lot of museums, and this one has many things we haven't seen before. Exhibits include the history of Artificial Intelligence, holograms, the use of cameras and still photos in scientific discovery, and creative machines designed by MIT students - including some you can play with and use. Our whole family enjoyed it. Would highly recommend a visit!

Thank Jennifer E
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