Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#4 in Best Things To Do in Cambridge, MA
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Key Info

77 Massachusetts Ave.

Price & Hours

Free

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Sightseeing, Tours, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Founded in 1861, MIT's emphasis on science and technology is clearly seen in its amazing architecture and sculptures. Take a guided or self-guided tour around the campus to see works by Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder and buildings designed by I.M. Pei and other award-winning architects. Highlights include the domed Kresge Auditorium, designed by Eero Saarinen, which rests on just three points, and the curvy Ray and Maria Stata Center, designed by Frank Gehry. A free audio guide that focuses on 51 works of art and architecture throughout the campus, with commentary from artists, architects, scholars and curators, is available online. Visitors can access it here.

Past visitors enjoyed the campus' modern architecture but advised you'll get more out of a visit with a guided tour. Visitors who are not prospective students are able to join a student-led campus tour, which are offered after weekday information sessions end at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., if space is available. Contact MIT admissions to inquire or stop by the Office of Admissions.

MIT is easily accessible by subway via the Red Line. Kendall/MIT is the closest T station. Parking is limited, and traffic can be tricky. For more information about visiting the campus, visit the MIT website.

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