The MIT Museum Studio is a program that connects MIT education to the visiting public through leading-edge museum practice. Housed in the Compton Gallery, at the heart of the MIT campus, the MIT Museum Studio engages students at the forefront of museum innovation to explore and innovate technologies as vehicles of expression and communication. Students from a range of disciplines develop experimental exhibitions, synthesizing art, design, science and engineering through the content, means and methods they employ.  

The Studio represents connections, between people and ideas and between art and technology.
— Zhe Huang AR ’12


The MIT Museum Studio offers courses within the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Generally offered in the Spring semester, STS.035 Exhibiting Science fulfills the HASS-A requirement.

Photo: Kinetic artist Anne Lilly shows details of a sculpture to students.


Alongside the academic courses, students are encouraged to work on projects of their own design or in collaboration with the MIT Museum, other museums, or individual artists. 

Photo: A student working on a prototype.


The Compton Gallery, part of the MIT Museum Studio, is a display space where students can display work in progress as well as finished work. Student work can also be exhibited in the galleries of the MIT Museum.

Photo: Students and visitor at the opening of NetWork: MIT and the Internet.


Visit the MIT Museum Studio

Find us in room 10-150 under the Great Dome.