What to do

What to do

Explore Campus

Campus tours

Looking to take a tour? You have options:

Guided tour: The Information Center offers student-led tours for prospective students and their families.

Self-guided tour: Download our self-guided walking tour map and explore MIT on your own. You can also pick up a copy in the Events and Information Center.

Mobile self-guided tour: Download the MIT mobile app on your iPhone or Android device to take a self-guided tour.

Campus art and outdoor spaces

Jaume Plensa's Alchemist

Interactive public art map: explore public art on campus; provided by the List Visual Arts Center

Pocket garden brochure: visit MIT’s green spaces and pocket gardens

List Visual Arts Center: MIT's contemporary arts museum

Wiesner Student Art Gallery

Exhibits, galleries, and the MIT Museum

Kismet the robot (MIT Museum)

MIT Museum 

Maihaugen Gallery of the MIT Libraries

Edgerton's Strobe Alley

Hart Nautical Gallery

Koch Institute Public Galleries

Charles M. Vest Student Street in the Stata Center: see former hacks on display

Campus buildings and architecture

MIT's campus vision is to create infrastructure that fosters the cross-fertilization of ideas, with architecture that reinforces the vital, forward-thinking spirit of the community it serves. Buildings and architects of note include:

MIT Chapel interior

Baker HouseAlvar Aalto

The Ray and Maria Stata CenterFrank Gehry

Simmons HallSteven Holl

Media Lab (Building E14)Fumihiko Maki

Wiesner BuildingGreen BuildingDreyfus Building, and Landau BuildingI.M. Pei

MIT Chapel (pictured right), Kresge AuditoriumEero Saarinen  


Explore Cambridge

We’ve heard there is life outside the lab. With its cafés, bookstores, and student community, Cambridge is often referred to as "Boston's Left Bank."

Neighborhoods to visit

  • Central Square: international restaurants and music clubs
  • Harvard Square: bookstores and street performers; plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants
  • Inman Square: restaurants, bars, and coffee houses 
  • Kendall Square: Home to MIT; center of the high tech and biotechnology industries in Massachusetts
  • Porter Square: the region's largest concentration of Japanese eateries and shops
  • Davis Square: vibrant arts community and many shops, bars, and restaurants

Additional information


Explore Boston

Before 1660, a trip to Boston from Cambridge involved a ferry ride and an eight-mile walk. You will find it more convenient to take the T, a Hubway bike, or a cab across the river - or even walk. After all, it's only 364.4 smoots and one ear.

A sampling of things to see and do:

Additional information


Photo credits:
1. Alchemist by Jaume Plensa; photo: Christopher Harting
2. Kismet the robot, on display at the MIT Museum. Photo: Chris Devers
3. Interior image of the MIT Chapel; photo: Dominick Reuter


MIT Events Calendar: See what's happening on campus. Many events are open to the public. Note: departments are not required to submit information to the calendar; if you are looking for the location of an event that is not listed, please call the department directly using the Offices and Services directory.


MIT Office of the Arts and Arts Calendar: Your gateway to all forms of artistic expression at MIT 

You can view the interior of MIT's iconic dome from Barker Library in Building 10.

Aesop's Fables, II by Mark di Suvero is just one of many pieces of public art on campus.

Photos: Christopher Harting