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February 2011

Fri.
2/4
MIT 150 Opening
The Maihaugen Gallery display of the MIT 150 exhibition opens at in Building 14. View rarely seen objects from Institute history and a rotating display of artifacts from the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections.
Part of MIT's 150th anniversary celebration
Sat.
2/5
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Inside 150: Stories of the Institute
Join the MIT Museum's Curator of Science & Technology, Deborah Douglas, for the inaugural public tour of the new MIT 150 exhibition. Step across disciplines to discover the hidden treasures of 150 years of innovation.
Space is limited; first come, first served.
Free with Museum admission
Fri.
2/11
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. 
Challenge your views of the world around you with video screenings from MIT’s DV Lab. See what happens when documentary film production takes on a social scientific outlook. Eight short films offer innovative perspectives on science and technology-related issues both at MIT and beyond.
Sun.
2/20
2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Chantey Sing
Celebrate MIT and the sea! Come and sing sea chanteys and other maritime-related songs with a room full of fellow enthusiasts, professional and amateur. Program sponsored by NE Chantey Sings. Recommended for ages 8 to 108.
Free with Museum admission
Mon. 2/21 - Fri. 2/25
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (running Mon 2/21 - Fri 2/25)
Celebrate National Engineers Week at the MIT Museum! Visit some of the MIT Museum's newest robots and explore MIT's unique contributions to innovation and invention through one or more of our scavenger hunts. Participate in a hands-on robotic engineering workshop using Lego Mindstorms NXT. Workshop space is limited (available on a first-come, first-served basis) and reserved for students ages 10 and above.

Workshops begin at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 each day.
Get a free timed-ticket from the second floor reception desk when you arrive.

Scavenger hunt guides are available at the second floor reception desk throughout the day.

All Engineers Week activities are free with Museum admission.
Sat.
2/26
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
150 Alive: The Exuberant, Friendly Inferno
Centerbeam takes center stage in the first “150 Alive” conversation in the MIT 150 exhibition. Join Elizabeth Goldring, poet, artist and Fellow in the MIT Program for Art, Culture and Technology for a conversation with Seth Riskin, the MIT Museum’s Manager of Emerging Technologies and Holography and Spatial Imaging Initiatives. Discover the sights and sounds of Centerbeam, a collaboration between MIT artists, scientists and engineers, incorporating holograms, laser, inflatable sculptures and more into a watershed, environmental and public artwork that was presented on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in 1978.
Space is limited; first come, first served.
Free with Museum admission


March 2011

Sat.
3/5
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Inside 150: Director's Highlights
MIT Museum Director John Durant leads a “highlights” tour of the MIT 150 exhibition. Explore the rich history of MIT and learn more about the objects and ideas that are changing our understanding of the world we live in.
Space is limited; first come, first served.
Free with Museum admission
Sat.
3/5
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
150 Alive: Doc's Shoebox
James Draper is the son of Charles Stark Draper, the founder and head of the famous MIT Instrumentation Laboratory (now Draper Laboratory). A small boy in World War II, Draper did not know what his famous father was working on. After his father died, however, many expected him to be an expert. For several years, James Draper has undertaken an effort to become just that: an expert on one of his father's most significant inventions, the Mark 14 gunsight. Developed during WW2 for the Navy, the Mark 14 was a transformative technology for the U.S. Navy particularly in the Pacific Theater. Draper has a very provocative thesis about the Mark 14 based on his studies. This 150 Alive program will give you a chance to learn more about one of World War II's most significant technological innovations through a participatory conversation between MIT150 exhibition curator Deborah Douglas and James Draper.
Space is limited; first come, first served.
Free with Museum admission
Fri.
3/11
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: Nautical Night
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Come 'sea' the MIT Museum in a new way! Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the MIT Nautical Association and take a maritime tour of the Museum's new MIT 150 exhibition. Program will feature on-gallery conversations with Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collections, and demonstrations of the latest marine technologies from local entrepreneurs and researchers.
Mon.
3/14
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Breaking the Code
Celebrate Pi Day and Einstein's birthday with a staged reading of scenes from Breaking the Code with Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, an award-winning science theater collaboration between MIT and Underground Railway Theater. Breaking the Code is a deeply moving play about the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, regarded by many as the father of computer science. The play's title refers both to the fact that Turing broke the German "Enigma" code during WWII (greatly contributing to the Allies' victory) and to his refusal to lead a closeted life. Performance will be followed by conversation with the artists and a guest scientist.
Free admission; appropriate for adult and teen audiences
Sun.
3/20
2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Chantey Sing
Celebrate MIT and the sea! Come and sing sea chanteys and other maritime-related songs with a room full of fellow enthusiasts, professional and amateur. Program sponsored by NE Chantey Sings. Recommended for ages 8 to 108. Free with Museum admission


April 2011

Fri.
4/1
MIT 150 Opening
The Institute comes to life with treasured artifacts from the MIT community. The Compton Gallery display of the MIT 150 exhibition opens in Building 10 on the Infinite Corridor on April 1. See unique MIT artifacts that celebrate 150 years of campus life.
Part of MIT's 150th anniversary celebration
Fri.
4/8
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission

Featured Program: MIT Hacks
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
MIT is known for its hacks, clever, benign, and "ethical" pranks or practical joke, which is both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the MIT community. Enjoy free admission at the Museum as we celebrate the history of hacking at MIT through special lectures and the release of the newest edition of Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT, published by The MIT Press.
Sat.
4/16
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
150 Alive: Sounds of the Sea
Join Marty Klein, founder of Klein Associates, Inc. (and MIT alumnus!) and Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the MIT Museum’s Hart Nautical Collection, for a lively conversation around nautical engineering at MIT and Side Scan Sonar, featured in the MIT 150 exhibition.
Free with Museum admission
Sat.
4/30
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MIT Museum Open House
The MIT Museum turns itself inside out for the Institute’s Open House Day (and the first day of the Cambridge Science Festival!). 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. The day’s programs will feature tours, hands-on activities, and a chance for visitors of all ages to see the Museum like never before.
Free admission all day


May 2011

Through
Sun. 5/8
The MIT Museum celebrates the fifth annual Cambridge Science Festival! Check out our Festival schedule for a full list of programs and events at the MIT Museum. Activities include talks, tours, demonstrations, hands-on workshops and more!
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