Collections

The List Center oversees MIT’s art collection which includes three distinct sectors:

Public Art

Student Lending Program

Campus Lending Program

The collection differs from conventional museum holdings by the focus on contemporary art, and public visibility. The Institute itself has become a museum, with works of art sited outdoors, in offices, lobbies, libraries, corridors, and conference rooms, thus becoming integrated into daily life and working situations of those affiliated with MIT and of MIT’s many visitor populations — visiting scholars, students, parents, alumni, and friends.

Visitors can sign up for a guided tour or enjoy a customized, self-guided tour of art and architecture through our Public Art Map and our Mobile Phone App. The Audio Guide features an introduction to MIT’s public art collection by actor, film director, and photographer Leonard Nimoy.

 Visual Descriptive tours for no/low vision or ASL interpreters are available for public art tours upon request.