MIT Museum

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                 By Melissa Falcone

 

The MIT museum workshops and performances display a variety of collections from featuring exhibitions on a wide range of stem based topics. Located in Cambridge Central Square Cultural District, the building is home to various coffee shops and and restaurants that you can go after you visit the museum. 

Pictured: Comics. mitmuseum.mit.edu

Pictured: Comics. mitmuseum.mit.edu

The museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting materials that help serve as a resource for the study and the interpretation of the educational process. The social history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its main purpose stands for both science and technology. Various collections include holography, Hart Nautical, and the famous Martin Klein Collection. In 2015, Klein donated donated his archives depicting his experience in the development of side scan sonar and other technology. 

The museum itself stands in one single building, among other MIT museums. The museum not only engages in both science and technology but also uses other areas of scholarship in ways that will potentially benefit and better serve the community. Not only does it display these works of art, but MIT museum also presents regular programs and even events and festivals i or just simple walk through tours. The museum lacks gallery tours, it would be better if these were included.

Pictured: Flight Patterns, Aaron Koblin

Pictured: Flight Patterns, Aaron Koblin

The Big Bang Data exhibition explores the intersection through science, technology and society in the digital age. Through the strength and visually appealing aesthetic. This exhibit is old in nature and does not fully represent all of the complexities of science and technology by the lack of descriptions. It does explain how it was first created by the centre of culture contemporary of Barcelona, and it has traveled globally to London, Mexico, Prague and Singapore.  With such an interesting piece, more information and detail would of been better in the beginning of the walk through of this exhibit. This exhibit is supported by Associate Provost for the Arts, Phillip Khoury and council for the arts at MIT.  

Pictured: Rind II, Stephen A. Benton, Herbert S. Mingace, Jr., William R. Houde-Walter, 1977.

Pictured: Rind II, Stephen A. Benton, Herbert S. Mingace, Jr., William R. Houde-Walter, 1977.

Holography: Dimensions of Light is an interactive experience looking at the complex nature of light that is visually perplexing. In this exhibit learn how people interact with light between the eyes, brain and three-dimensions of space. This exhibit has live holograms, one called Rainbow . This comprehensive light exhibit is one of the museum's most popular. With the lack of holograms, it only allows for a view people to experience this at one time, overall this exhibit is visually appealing and incredibly intriguing. 

Pictured: Minsky Arm, Created by Marvin Minsky

Pictured: Minsky Arm, Created by Marvin Minsky

Robots & Beyond This exhibit explores the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in terms of technology and sciences. The first AI group started at MIT and this exhibit is contains exciting new additions and an opportunity to learn about tele-operated surgical robots and socially intelligent humanoid robots that can interact with their environment similar to humans. This exhibit represents the passion that MIT students share, in essence it is one of their strongest exhibits. Some prototypes in this exhibit trace some of MIT's famous bots including Kismet and Robotuna. With many new robots, a robot built for NASA was once set to space and now it remains in this exhibit.