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For anyone curious about what the creative minds at MIT are up to, the MIT Museum is a great place to explore. The museum displays objects from its own fascinating collection and features rotating exhibitions on a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or so-called "STEAM"- based topics. In the "Robots and Beyond" exhibit, visitors can check out inventions from MIT's robotics lab, such as the 7-foot-tall M. Tallchief, a robot built for NASA and lent to MIT to test space suits, and Troody, a robot modeled after a carnivorous, two-legged dinosaur of the cretaceous era, designed to spark kids' interest in science.

According to recent visitors, this is the place to see MIT's latest inventions. Reviewers also appreciated the interactive displays.

The MIT Museum and its gift shop are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except major holidays. In July and August, the museum is open until 6 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for youths 5 to 18. Entry is free for children 4 and younger. Entrance fees are waived the last Sunday of the month from September to June. The Central Square subway stop is a 7-minite walk from the museum. There is also metered street parking along Massachusetts Avenue. For more information on exhibits, visit the museum's website.

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