The MIT List Visual Arts Center is located on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the heart of Kendall Square.  As the contemporary art museum at MIT, visitors encounter a dynamic, changing program of temporary exhibitions located in our galleries, as well as renowned permanent and public art collections located across the Institute. 

Our exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.  Stay up-do-date on our upcoming programs and events by subscribing to our e-news here.

Please feel free to explore our website or call us with questions prior to your visit at 617-253-4680.

Visitor Guidelines

We hope that all visitors have an engaging and welcoming visit to the List Center while following our guidelines to protect and care for our exhibitions. Please do not touch the artwork. Even an experienced museum visitor might forget or be unsure of a safe distance away from an artwork, in which case Visitor Services staff are stationed throughout the galleries to give a gentle reminder. Food and drink are not allowed in the galleries.

Coat and Bag Check

To protect artwork in our exhibitions, visitors are required to check large purses, bags, backpacks and umbrellas at the front desk.  Visitors can also check their coats for convenience as they travel throughout the galleries.

Visitor Video and Photography Policy

The List Center welcomes visitors to take non-flash, personal-use photography from a handheld device in the galleries unless otherwise noted. Tripods, lighting equipment, and other camera extensions such as selfie sticks are not permitted.

Share your images and videos with us on Instagram and Twitter:
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Visiting with Children

Visitors of all ages are welcome at the List Center, and we ask that adults supervise and accompany younger visitors while in our galleries. Adults may be asked to hold younger children to protect sensitive artwork. Strollers are permitted in the galleries.

About Our Exhibitions

As the contemporary art museum at MIT, the List Center presents a dynamic program of six to nine special exhibitions in its galleries annually, including a program of evolving site-specific work by emerging artists known as List Projects, as well as a broad range of educational programs, events, and scholarly publications.  The List Center serves as an exhibition venue and a laboratory space for artists who address important and timely ideas and issues at the forefront of contemporary life, culture, and art practice.

Work is selected and vetted after exposure at galleries, museums, and art fairs, conducting artists’ studio visits, and research.  We do not accept unsolicited submissions of artwork for consideration.

The Arts at MIT

Visiting the List Center is just one way to engage with the rich culture of the arts at MIT.  To discover other art venues and galleries, departments, and programs and events at the Institute, visit Arts at MIT.

To find out more about our neighbors in the MIT Media Lab, please visit 75 Amherst Street (Bldg. E14) or call 617-253-5960.

Visitors interested in the MIT Museum, which exhibits artifacts, drawings, photographs, and instruments documenting MIT’s role in 19th- to 21st-century science and technology, can find out more by calling 617-253-5927, or by visiting their location 265 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. 

In the Neighborhood

Kendall Square is a bustling, up-and-coming innovation hub in East Cambridge that offers visitors to the List options for dining, shopping, and entertainment. To plan a visit to the List Visual Arts Center that includes enjoying Kendall Square, visit Kendall Square Association to see what is available.