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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is not only one of the most famous educational establishments in the country, but its campus is also one of the architectural highlights of Massachusetts. Wander around the 168-acre (68-hectare) campus along the edges of the Charles River to admire a variety of stunning buildings and thought-provoking museums.
The university was established in 1861 and in 1916 moved to Cambridge, a town neighboring Boston. Stroll around the campus to admire some of its most impressive buildings. Explore buildings designed by 21st-century architectural heroes such as Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen.
The modernist MIT Chapel was designed by Eero Saarinen as a windowless, cylindrical space to encourage contemplation. Marvel at the neoclassical style of the Walker Memorial and the Great Dome. The iconic and controversial Ray and Maria Stata Center is Frank Gehry’s jagged, multicolored contribution to the campus.
Visit one of the institution’s 12 museums and galleries. Explore the MIT Museum to learn about how the establishment has been at the forefront of scientific research and discovery. Exhibits cover topics such as artificial intelligence, the art of holography and student engineering prototypes.
The MIT List Visual Arts Center hosts a collection of over 3,500 artworks, including a wealth of contemporary sculptures and paintings. Come here throughout the year to see a variety of rotating exhibitions in this prestigious gallery space.
Witness the meeting of science and creativity in the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology. Exhibits show collaborations between engineers and artists that push the boundaries of their disciplines. Marvel at the elegant geometry of the building, which was designed by I.M. Pei.
Spend an evening in the Kresge Auditorium, another building by Saarinen. The auditorium seats over 1,200 people and hosts MIT Music and Theatre Arts performances.
Take a subway or bus from Boston to Cambridge to reach the campus. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is easy to explore on foot and features a range of places to break for food and drink.
It's worth giving yourself plenty of time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Below are the top activities:
For many more activities, take a look at our Cambridge things to do page.
Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arlington Station is only a 2-minute walk and Boylston Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Downtown Boston, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boston City Hall, Quincy Market and Boston Common. New England Aquarium and Boston Tea Party Ship are also within 15 minutes. Government Center Station and State St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Fenway–Kenmore, this luxury hotel is steps away from House of Blues Boston and Kenmore Square. Fenway Park and Newbury Street are also within 10 minutes. Kenmore Station is only a 2-minute walk and Blandford Street Station is 6 minutes.
Located in MIT, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kendall Square and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Massachusetts General Hospital and Kenmore Square are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kendall-MIT Station is only a 2-minute walk and Charles-MGH Station is 17 minutes.
Located in MIT, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston University and Newbury Street. Harvard University and Harvard Square are also within 2 miles (3 km). Central Square Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kendall-MIT Station is 15 minutes.
Located in MIT, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kendall Square and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Massachusetts General Hospital and Museum of Science are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kendall-MIT Station is only a 2-minute walk and Charles-MGH Station is 16 minutes.
Located in MIT, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Agganis Arena, Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Longwood Medical Area and Fenway Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). Boston University West Station is 14 minutes by foot and Boston University Central Station is 15 minutes.
Located in MIT, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Newbury Street and Hynes Convention Center. Boston University and Harvard University are also within 2 miles (3 km). Central Square Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kendall-MIT Station is 13 minutes.