What to do
Looking to take a tour? You have options:
Guided tour for prospective students: The Office of Admissions conducts information sessions followed by student-led campus tours for prospective students and families every Monday through Friday, excluding federal, Massachusetts, and Institute holidays and the winter break period (see the MIT academic calendar).
Campus art and outdoor spaces
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
Exhibits, galleries, and the MIT Museum
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:
Baker House: Alvar Aalto
The Ray and Maria Stata Center: Frank Gehry
Simmons Hall: Steven Holl
Media Lab (Building E14): Fumihiko Maki
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
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:
- Boston Public Library
- Newbury Street
- Duck Tours
- Old Town Trolley Tours
- Freedom Trail
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Boston Harbor Islands
- Fenway Park
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
- The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
- City of Boston visitor’s guide
- Massachusetts: It’s all here
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 Great Dome from Barker Library in Building 10.
Photo: Christopher Harting
What is happening here? It’s MIT Henge! The sun shines directly down the Infinite Corridor once in mid-November and again at the end of January.
Photo: Dominick Reuter
Aesop’s Fables, II by Mark di Suvero is just one of many pieces of public art on campus.
Photo: Christopher Harting