Student led activities, new displays and the occasional motorsport program!

CAMBRIDGE, MA – May 27, 2010 – The MIT Museum opens a special display on June 11th featuring artifacts from the MIT Museum’s recently acquired Polaroid collection. Classic cameras, design prototypes and the notes of Edwin Land are just part of the innovative company’s archive spanning seven decades.  Later in July and August programs and demonstrations will take place for students of all ages.

This diverse and fascinating collection reflects the inventiveness that defined American corporate innovation throughout the 20th century. The small display will contain about two dozen objects from this exciting collection donated by PLR IP Holding, LLC. Edwin Land, the Cambridge scientist, inventor and founder of the Polaroid Corporation died in 1991, and held at that time more than 500 patents, the second highest number in history after Thomas Edison. His connections to MIT run deep, and he started what would become an iconic firm in small brick buildings just around the corner from the MIT Museum.

Also at the MIT Museum this summer, on a rotating basis throughout summer afternoons: demonstrations and activities for middle school students, and ages on up.  Students and volunteers will show visitors how DNA works by using Lego models, they’ll set up experiments with light graffiti, and help create mini-robots using Lego Mindstorms.  And on certain days (always check the online calendar for the day’s schedule) the program department will feature last year’s contender in the Formula SAE race, courtesy of the MIT Mostorsports Club.

Although part of the MIT Museum will be under renovation during the summer months, the unique displays, special programs, and several new restaurants in the Lower Mass Ave. area (including Flour Bakery and Central Bottle,) are welcoming activities for visitors from around the world in this vibrant neighborhood.

At the MIT Museum 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Opening June 4, 2010 – The Humorous Side of MIT: Poster Art by Donald J. Hatfield, 1950 – 1960

Opening June 11, 2010 Polaroid Display

Closing June 14, 2010 – Mind and Hand: The Making of MIT Scientists and Engineers

Moving Temporarily June 21, 2010 Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson to a smaller gallery, during renovation

At the Compton Gallery in the main MIT Building at 77 Massachusetts Ave.

Closing June 7 – Exploring the Arctic Seafloor: Photographs by Chris Linder

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Admission – Adults: $7.50; Under 18, Students, Seniors: $3.00;

MIT ID and children under 5: Free.

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The MIT Museum’s mission is to engage the wider community with MIT’s science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

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