Curious to learn more about contemporary art through thoughtful conversation and engaging first-hand exploration of art objects? The List Center provides free guided tours of the current exhibitions, or public art collection.  Interested in learning about contemporary art at MIT from the perspective of an MIT Student?  You can now book a tour with an MIT Student Guide.  Learn more about this popular program and book a tour here.

College Tours

The List Visual Arts Center serves as a lab for the exploration of contemporary art in relation to a diverse range of disciplines. Faculty are encouraged to think of the Center’s gallery exhibitions and MIT’s campus public art collection as an alternate location to host workshops and courses. Prior to your visit schedule a conversation on how we might support your syllabus by contacting: (email hidden; JavaScript is required)

Community Tours

Schedule a guided tour of the List Center’s current exhibitions, or public art for your group, school, or organization. Tours of the List Center are led by staff or Student Guides for any high school, college or adult group of five or more.  Exhibition tours are limited to groups of twelve or less. Visitors look closely at original works of art and engage in discussions with a focus on artists’ practices, exhibition themes, and social and cultural contexts for understanding.

 Please reserve a spot for your group at least two weeks in advance by contacting:
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Self-Guided Tours

Visitors can enjoy a customized, self-guided tour of public art and architecture across the Institute through our Public Art Map and Audio Guide. The Audio Guide features an introduction to MIT’s public art collection by actor, film director, and photographer Leonard Nimoy. Visitors can listen to commentary by artists, architects, scholars, and curators—including Victor Burgin, Dan Graham, Cai Guo-Qiang, Beverly Pepper, Jaume Plensa, Matthew Ritchie, Sarah Sze, and Lawrence Weiner—focusing on over 50 works of art and architecture sited throughout the campus.

With the continued growth of the Institute’s public art collection, MIT’s campus has become a destination for art lovers. In order to support the growing interest in the collection from the community at large, the List Center recently launched a new MIT student led tour program, and a new expanded public art map coupled with a mobile web app. You can visit for a GPS enabled self guided tour of the collection.

Support for the Student Tour Guide Program has been provided by the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation

XCOVID-19In response to COVID-19, the List Visual Arts Center closed March 13, and will remain so until further notice. For more information and updates clickhere.