This map works in concert with the Public Art Collection and is a resource to explore the campus and collection from afar. 

If you are on campus, please use the Mobile Public Art Map to explore the collection. The mobile experience includes self-guided tours and highlights based on your location.

Public Art Tours 

Guided tours are available to groups of twenty or less. Visitors will enjoy a walk around MIT’s campus with an emphasis on outdoor public art.

A group of people dance on a grass field in front of a steel sculpture.

Mobile Public Art Map

Enjoy a customized, self-guided tour of public art and architecture across the Institute through our Mobile Public Art Map. The Mobile Public Art Map includes suggested routes, information about artworks on view, and transcribed audio and video content.

Visitors to the campus will find that the public art and architecture included in the audio guide are designated with signage, which includes a number to call to hear more about the works. Audio can also be accessed through QR codes.

Percent-for-Art

Many works in the Permanent and Public Art Collections were brought to MIT through the List’s Percent-for-Art Program. MIT’s Percent-for-Art Program, administered by the List Visual Arts Center, now allocates up to $500,000 to commission art for each new major renovation or campus construction project.

A black freestanding clock with a restrained modern design

Alicja Kwade, Against the Run, 2019. MIT Collection Commissioned with MIT Percent-for-Art funds. Photo by Charles Mayer Photography.

“The great universities have long sought to achieve an environment where distinguished art, architecture, and landscaping are not just embellishments or luxuries, but are also an essential and natural part of the process of education and growth.”

James Killian, Former President at MIT