Venues and spaces
What kind of space do you need for your event? Give some thought to the size of the audience, how they will access the space, what they will do during the event, etc. Event spaces on campus include classrooms, auditoriums and lecture halls, multipurpose rooms within departments, and general reservable space available to community members and groups. In addition to the on-campus spaces listed here, MIT planners may review the room catalog in the event planning section on Atlas.
Non-MIT planners: please note that your company or organization must be sponsored by an MIT department in order to organize an on-campus event. We regret that MIT spaces (with the exception of the MIT Museum) are not available to external groups without sponsorship.
Classrooms (including Kirsch Auditorium) are managed by the Schedules Office, part of the Registrar's Office.
Campus Activities Complex spaces
These include Kresge Auditorium and Kresge Oval, Wong Auditorium, the Stratton Student Center, Memorial Lobby (Building 10), Morss Hall (Building 50), McDermott Court (the Dot), MIT Chapel, Dertouzous Amphitheater, and public spaces in the Stata Center (Building 32). Please see the CAC Event Planning Guide for a complete list.
MIT Campus Dining offers multiple reservable spaces, including the Forbes Family Café (Stata Center) and the Flowers Dining Room (Maseeh Hall). More
Samberg Conference Center, Chang Building (E52)
The Samberg Conference Center is located on the sixth and seventh floors of the Chang Building (E52). **The SCC is closed at this time and is not accepting reservations due to COVID-19. New space reservations will be accepted as plans emerge for the Center’s reopening.** Contact
Have you considered the galleries at the MIT Museum? With capacity up to 600, the Museum is available to both internal and external groups. **The MIT Museum building remains closed at this time.**
Independently scheduled spaces
Many venues across campus are scheduled by individual offices or departments and may be available to members of the MIT community. These rooms include
- Amdur Room (6-233); capacity 30; call 253-1803
- Black Student Union (50-105); capacity 50; call 253-5854
- Brown Room (68-121); capacity 70; email
- E25 Atrium (outside E25-111 and 121); call 253-4317
- E25-119 and 121; capacity 20–30; call 253-4418 or email
- E25-202; capacity 16; reservations
- E25-401; capacity 40; reservations
- Emma Rogers Room (10-340); capacity 16–50; email
- Gilliland Auditorium (66-110); capacity 105; reservations
- Green Room (54-915); capacity 45; email
- Grier Room (34-401); reservations
- Haus Room (36-428) / Allen Room (36-462); capacity 16–50; call 253-2519 or email
- HST Admin Conference Room (E25-101); capacity 12–20; call 253-4418 or email
- Hulsizer Dining Room (Ashdown House, NW35); capacity 150; email
- Killian Hall (14W-111); capacity 150; call 253-2906 or email
- Magasanik Room (68-180/181); capacity 156; email
- Miller Room (1-114); capacity 20; call 253-5357
- MITOne Community Room (8-219); reservations
- R&D Commons (Stata Center); reservations
- SHASS Dean's Office spaces (E51-095, E51-275, 14E-304, 14N-417); capacity 10–50; reservations
- Spofford Room (1-236); capacity 30; call 253-7101
- The Thirsty Ear Pub (Ashdown House, NW35); capacity 60 (age 21+); reservations
- Von Hippel Room (13-2137); capacity 16–40; call 253-6850
The Bush Room (10-105) may be used by MIT departments, offices, or groups for MIT-focused events. Institute Events manages and schedules this space. **Due to COVID-19 policies put in place on campus, the Bush Room remains closed at this time.**
- Artists for Humanity Epicenter, South Boston/waterfront
- Back Bay Events Center at the Hancock Tower, Boston
- Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, South End, Boston
- Black Falcon Terminal, Boston waterfront
- Boston Athenaeum, Beacon Hill, Boston
- Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, South Boston
- Breather, various spaces in Boston and Cambridge
- Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
- Catalyst Restaurant
- Charles River Boat Company
- Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, Waltham, MA
- Clover East, in Kendall Square
- Commonwealth restaurant and Watermark building, in Kendall Square
- Connors Center, Dover, MA
- Courageous Sailing Center, waterfront, Charlestown, MA
- Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston South End
- Dante Alighieri Society, near Kendall Square
- District Hall, in the Boston seaport
- Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate, Dorchester, MA
- Endicott House, MIT-operated conference center in Dedham, MA
- Exchange Conference Center, Boston waterfront
- Glass House in Kendall Square
- Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), in the Boston seaport
- JFK Library and Museum, Dorchester, MA
- John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse, Boston waterfront
- Middle East restaurant, in Central Square
- Norton’s Woods Conference Center at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge
- One Boston Place, in Boston’s financial district
- One Financial Center, conference space in downtown Boston
- Puritan & Co, in Inman Square
- Red Jacket Resorts on Cape Cod, MA and in the White Mountains, NH
- Sulmona, in Tech Square
- USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown, MA
- 9OFS, a private, rooftop venue in Boston’s financial district
Until further notice, use of the Lobby 7 pillars and event reservations for the Institute's major outdoor spaces are suspended.
Killian Court (including DuPont and Lowell Courts), Eastman Court, Lobby 7, and Saxon Court are public spaces intended to be open to all members of the community at all times (with rare, Institute-level exceptions) and are, therefore, not generally available to reserve. Email inquiries (comprising the date, time, and type of event, as well as whether it will require a tent) regarding any of these public spaces may be directed to MIT Institute Events. Consideration for their use may be given for events that cannot be accommodated elsewhere and that do not disturb those at class and at work in the surrounding areas. Killian Court may be considered for large events (2000+ people) that invite, engage, and celebrate the MIT community; please read the guidelines prior to making a request. Those who wish to display posters on the pillars in Lobby 7 are directed to the policies governing that activity.
MIT’s Endicott House in Dedham can accomodate small and mid-sized groups for professional meetings and special events.
Public spaces in the Stata Center may be reserved for events.
Kresge Auditorium is available for event rentals.
The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center was the site of the MIT150 Next Century Convocation.
Caracas Brass performed in Kresge Auditorium during the inauguration of President Reif.