The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the leading educational institutes in the world, advancing technology in many fields through research and academics. MIT is the dream of all undergraduates wanting to make a career in technology or science and a degree from MIT wins respect and prestige. The MIT Museum offers an outlet for the university to share the remarkable advances, research and discoveries with the public.
The MIT Museum is both a technology and science museum and a museum dedicated to the university itself. So visitors will learn about science and technology but also they will learn about the university, its history, programs and on-going research. Visitors can explore the latest innovative ideas from MIT through interactive exhibits and educational programs. The museum is inspiring and exciting as it showcases the latest advances in science and technology. The museum is home to more than a million artifacts, photographs, holograms, robots, prints and documents some dating back as far as the 7th century BC.
The Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery is where the university showcases the best and latest MIT research spread over 460m² of exhibition space. There are several permanent collections such as the Architecture and Design Collection which includes work by Samuel Chamberlain and prints by Piranesi. The collection includes more than 15,000 American and European architectural and graphics documents and drawings dating back to 1873. There is also the Hart Nautical Collection and the Holography Collection which includes reflection holograms, transmission holograms and white light transmission holograms. This is the largest hologram collection in the world. After dark during the winter months the large holograms are displayed through the windows looking onto Massachusetts Avenue. There is an Interactive Kinetic Art exhibit with kinetic art work by Arthur Ganson. The MIT General Collection reveals the social and cultural history of the university through artifacts and documents dating back to MIT's establishment including photographs, films and memorabilia.
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Perhaps the most exciting collection is the Science and Technology Collection; this is where you'll see the most innovative work which has been created at MIT. Kismet, the sociable dog robot is a highlight of this collection. Other items on display are electro-mechanical devices, scientific instruments and research material. In all there are about 6,000 artifacts in this collection. The temporary exhibits present the most recent and up-coming MIT ideas related to MIT programs. For example "The Genius of Everyday Things"; the "Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT" and "After Katrina: Big Questions About Rebuilding". MIT Museum is located at the MIT University campus in Cambridge.