MIT is located on 120 acres just across the river from downtown Boston and surrounded by universities, museums, parks, and attractions. Here are some things you can do while visiting us.
While visiting our campus, you might also make time for:
- MIT Museum, open to the general public and featuring kinetic artwork, rare items from the history of science and engineering, and hands-on classes
- MIT COOP, which sells apparel, books, and other items
- MIT Press, the official bookstore of our publishing house
- public art scattered across the MIT campus
In Cambridge and Boston
Cambridge and Boston are global centers of education and culture. You’ll never run out of things to do and see no matter how long you stay here.
We polled our staff for official and offbeat suggestions, and here’s some of what they came up with:
|Category||More official||More offbeat|
|Museums and history||Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, ICA, N. E. Aquarium||Gardner Museum, Warren Anatomical Museum, Mount Auburn Cemetery|
|Parks and nature||Freedom Trail, the Esplanade, Boston Common||Arnold Arboretum, Emerald Necklace, Harbor Islands|
|Performing arts||House of Blues, Hatch Shell, Blue Man Group||Middle East, Cantab Lounge, the Sinclair|
|Shopping and retail||Newbury St, Faneuil Hall, Prudential Center, CambridgeSide Galleria||SoWa Open Market, Farmers’ Market @ Kendall, Garment District|
As for restaurants and food—a subject of great passion and many opinions in our office— we had so many ideas that we just made a Google sheet you can read.
There are 51 colleges or universities within the greater Boston area, and Bill Rankin over at radical cartographies has made a gorgeous map of them, which we are putting here because it is useful, but also because it is pretty. Many people who visit MIT will also visit some of them, too.