Other Ideas: Peabody Essex Museum (PEM); Old Sturbridge Village; Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Harvard Museum of Natural History
The museum has both permanent and temporary exhibits as well as an array of public programs. MIT Museum is a showcase for MIT innovation — past, present, and future.
The MIT Museum's regular exhibits are not hands-on. With younger children, visit when there are scheduled programs for families and young people.
Ever see a woman turn into a tiger? A chair explode and reassemble itself? Your own shadow freeze? The museum's main exhibition center features a host of science and technology exhibitions, including Holography: The Light Fantastic and some mesmerizing moving sculptures.
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Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed major holidays – see below. Wed. Dec. 24th, the Museum will be closed at 2:00 p.m.
Adults: $10.00; youth under 18, students, seniors: $5:00; children under age 5: free
MIT ID: Free
Free admission on the last Sunday of each month, September through June.
- There's plenty of metered parking nearby.
For older kidsThis museum is a fantastic resource, but needs more interpretive stuff. Our trip was successful because a) I have a ten-year-old who likes science, b) there were some MIT students explaining a project and c) my husband, a scientist, explained other stuff. I would suggest going when there's an organized demo. Lots of great food nearby!
My Kids Love It For An Hour Or TwoThis is a great little museum. But it is 'little' - it's not a whole day activity or even a half day. But it's perfect for Sunday mornings (when it's free) for an hour or two.
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