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  • Address: 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

When visiting Cambridge, Massachusetts, one not-to-miss attraction is the well-respected Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This private research university set on 168-acres (68 hectares), is home to five schools and 34 academic departments, research laboratories and innovative programs, and has a strong focus on technology, science and engineering. Although it’s an urban campus, you’ll see a mixture of interesting buildings and peaceful green spaces for an aesthetically-pleasing experience.

One reason many people enjoy touring the MIT campus is to take in the beautiful architecture. The Maclaurin Buildings refer to buildings 3, 4 and 10, which are typically shown in media and postcard shots, forming a U-shape around Killian Court. Building 10 is particularly interesting, with a colonnade facade and massive dome reminiscent of Rome’s Pantheon. The Kresge Auditorium is another building beloved for its architecture, touted along with the nearby Chapel as a prime example of mid-Century modern architecture in the United States. And don’t miss the Stata Center, with its peculiar and striking angular design, and the avant-garde Simmons Hall. Fore sourvenirs and MIT logo gear, stop by the MIT Coop Shop and peruse its wide selection.

Practical Info

Visitors can take a 75- to 90-minute tour of the campus with a student guide from Monday through Friday at 11am and 3pm. The excursion covers interesting campus sites like the Stata Center, the MIT Chapel, the Zesiger Athletic Center, Kresge Auditorium, the Infinite Corridor and the Student Center.  Tours leave from the Building 7 Lobby at 77 Massachusetts Avenue.

As MIT is located on the Charles River, it’s also a great place to enjoy a picnic, see pretty sailboards drifting by, go for a run or just take photographs of the peaceful scenery.

Tours & Tickets

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Cambridge and Charles River Segway Tour, Cambridge, null

Cambridge and Charles River Segway Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore the streets of Cambridge traveling through MIT, going past the only remaining candy factory and city hall before arriving at Harvard University to ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $60.00
Full Day City Tour of Boston and Cambridge, Boston, Segway Tours

Full Day City Tour of Boston and Cambridge

1.5 star rating: I do not recommend this 3 Reviews

Enjoy a full day in Boston and Cambridge! Highlights of the full day tour include visits to Harvard and MIT, the Massachusetts State House and Trinity Church, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York, New York City, City Tours

Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York

4 star rating: Recommended 150 Reviews

See the historical sights and famous universities of the Boston area on this full-day trip from New York City. After a scenic drive through Connecticut, arrive ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00
One Hour Charles River Sightseeing Cruise, Cambridge, Day Trips

One Hour Charles River Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a 60-minute, fully-narrated sightseeing cruise along the Charles River. Your captain and crew will both entertain and educate while pointing out the ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Duration: 70 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.90

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