For your convenience, activities are organized according to theme. You may plan your day around your specific interests, time requirements, or the composition of your group.

 

Welcome Tents

We encourage you to visit one of our Welcome Tents to launch your exciting experience Under the Dome!

Locations at Massachusetts Avenue, North Court, and Kendall Square.

  • All visitor information
  • Printed programs
  • Cambridge Science Festival
  • Guided tours of campus
  • Self-guided tours*
  • First aid station
  • Lost and found

*Download free app to take a self-guided tour

 

Itinerary Planner

  • Design your personalized itinerary. Search by theme, time, or format, whether family friendly events, lectures, exhibits, tours, demonstrations, galleries, or hands-on activities.

 

Guided Tours

Indulge in some of MIT's culture and tradition. Beginning at the Welcome Tent on Massachusetts Avenue, this 30-minute tour of campus includes visits to locales of student life, including our main athletics and fitness center, Kresge Auditorium, the Student Center, and student residence halls. This tour will end at Killian Court—a perfect photo opportunity beneath the famous MIT Dome!

 

Beginning at the North Court Welcome Tent, this 30-minute tour will include at least one of the three newest buildings on campus: the Koch Center for Integrative Cancer Research, the Media Lab Complex, or our new building at the Sloan School of Management. You will visit academic buildings such as the famous Stata Center, the Green Building, and Walker Memorial (one of the oldest buildings on campus). This tour will end at Killian Court—a perfect photo opportunity beneath the famous MIT Dome!

 

Food and Drink

Concessions will be available throughout campus. Please pick up one of our printed brochures at a Welcome Tent to see a complete listing of food and drink menus and locations.

 

Groups Welcome

Spend a day out of the classroom! MIT strongly encourages schools and groups of all sizes to attend this historic Open House.

For bus and coach parking, and general information, please contact: MIT150openhouse@mit.edu

 

Hub Locations

Air and Space Flight

  • Building 33 Courtyard — "Mission Control" for an adventure in Air and Space flight. A launching pad for exhibits, demonstrations, and activities for all things that fly, float, and orbit.
  • Johnson Athletics Center, Building W34 — Blimp races, robotics competitions, flying machines, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and much more! Don't miss this day-long showcase of the future of robotics, flight, and exploration.
  • Rockwell Cage, Building W33 — TALARIS planetary explorer, robotics demonstrations, MIT's inventions, undergraduate research, and the wildly popular OpenCourseWare are on display all day!

 

Architecture, Planning, and Design

  • Rogers Building, Building 7, Fourth Floor — At the entrance of MIT's Infinite Corridor, you'll find many activities in Architecture, Planning, and Design. Explore the fourth floor and neighboring buildings for numerous presentations and exhibits all day long.
  • Media Lab Complex, Buildings E14 & E15 — Open from 1-3pm — See MIT's designers, engineers, artists, and scientists apply unorthodox research to integrating emerging technologies with everyday life. Don't miss our demonstrations and hands-on activities!

 

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

  • Kresge Auditorium, Building W16 — Discover MIT's creativity and research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. All day at the auditorium and surrounding courtyards, enjoy videos, great live music, interactive panels, and readings—as well as Idea Stations on anthropology; comparative media; economics; languages; history; international studies; linguistics; literature; music and theatre; political science; philosophy; science, technology and society; women's studies; and writing. Performances by the Festival Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and more.
  • Media Lab Complex, Buildings E14 & E15 — Open from 1-3pm — See MIT's designers, engineers, artists, and scientists apply unorthodox research to integrating emerging technologies on everyday life. Don't miss our demonstrations and hands-on activities!

 

Energy, Environment, and Sustainability

  • Eastman Court — Witness a day-long showcase of research in cleaner, greener technology that will minimize our footprint on the planet. Exhibits, panels, and demonstrations on everything from nuclear research and renewable energy to combating climate change.
  • Building 1 — Visit us all day long for exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities in all things concerned with environmental engineering. Witness the science behind earthquakes, see the seas, or watch a steel bridge constructed!
  • Rockwell Cage, Building W33 — TALARIS planetary explorer, robotics demonstrations, MIT's inventions, undergraduate research, and the wildly popular OpenCourseWare are on display all day!

 

Engineering, Technology, and Invention

  • Stata Center, Building 32 — Featuring cutting-edge developments in artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, autonomous robots, LEGO robots, and much more. A day-long showcase of engineering, technology, and invention from all corners of the Institute!
  • Rockwell Cage, Building W33 — TALARIS planetary explorer, robotics demonstrations, MIT's inventions, undergraduate research, and the wildly popular OpenCourseWare are on display all day!
  • Johnson Athletics Center, Building W34 — Blimp races, robotics competitions, flying machines, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and much more! Don't miss this day-long showcase of the future of robotics, flight, and exploration.

 

Entrepreneurship and Management

  • Sloan School of Management, Building E62 — Throughout the day, MIT is proud to offer a startup showcase and panel discussions on research, entrepreneurship, economic development, finance, and more. Visit the newest building at MIT's world-famous Sloan School of Management, where we link ideas and innovation.
  • MIT Museum, Building N52 — Free admission all day! Go behind the scenes of the museum and explore unique artifacts from MIT's history, as well as innovations in art, science, and technology in Cambridge and beyond.

 

Life Sciences and Biotechnology

 

The Sciences

  • McDermott Court — A starting point for a full day of exhibits, tours, panels, demonstrations, and hands-on activities in the physical, geological, and planetary sciences.
  • Eastman Court — All day long, the surrounding buildings and courtyards will have activities, demonstrations, and presentations in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, and math.

 

MIT Learning, Life, and Culture

  • Stratton Student Center, Building W20 — Experience life at MIT through student groups and student activities. Exhibits, poster sessions, panels, performances, art displays, and tours will reveal MIT's Learning, Life, and Culture.
  • Walker Memorial, Building 50 — A day-long showcase of exhibits, panels, and information tables on MIT's graduate students and postgraduate degree programs.
  • Under the Great Dome, Building 10 — Explore the historical exhibits of MIT's founding by visiting the Compton Gallery and Bush Room. On display: our original charter from 1861.
  • MIT Museum, Building N52 — Free admission all day! Go behind the scenes of the museum and explore unique artifacts from MIT's history, as well as innovations in art, science, and technology in Cambridge and beyond.