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Original Seats, Room 10-250, 1916–1977

The laboratory, the library, and the lecture hall are the quintessential spaces of any university campus. MIT’s most significant space is known simply as Room 10-250. Nobel Prize winners and MIT presidents have been introduced to the world in this room. World-renowned figures have lectured here. Students lucky enough to be in Professor Donald Sadoway’s oversubscribed materials science course (3.091) have squeezed into this hall three times a week. For nearly a century, thousands of students have listened to lectures, attended demonstrations, watched movies, and enjoyed student group performances here. They have been enthralled, engaged, and, on a few occasions, put to sleep in this lecture hall. Today, through online programs such as MIT Video, MITx, and edX, you can experience some of the myriad offerings in this space even if you are far from Cambridge.

Exhibited:
Original Seats, Room 10-250
1916–1977

photo: Michael Cardinali for MIT Museum

Related information

Map to room 10-250

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  • Oh, yes, I spent many hours in those chairs! Some in pure fun, when LSC had movies in 10-250, but more often working to learn as fast as I needed! Thanks for sharing this photo.

    7 Jan 11 at 10:06 pm
  • My favorite moment was when hans mueller set up and aimed a 22 rifle at a target across the front of 10-250

    his shot was succesful

    anthony e rebollo
    1 Mar 14 at 1:13 pm
  • At one point I mad a donation to the Alumni Association to have my name tag put on a seat in 10-250. Early in the 70′s I visited the room and with my son and we found the seat. Unfortunately I did not doo a GPS locator. Three times afterwards with other childern I visited and could not find the set Several attempts with the Alumni Association to create a map lead to nothing. With renovations I am not sure the names are still there which would be a breach of trust. I do have the knob of my room in Baker house when it was renovated. Given that this blog has only 3 including mine, I fear this will fall on deaf ears. I am a member of the class of 1958 (missed the 50th as I was on sabbatical in China) I also did my PhD there in 1965 and taught there until 1971 when I took a position at the University of Minnesota. I still communicate with my adviser, Dr. Marcus Karel (Course 20 Food Science & Engineering) and grad school colleague Dr Tony Sinskey.

    Theodore P.Labuza
    25 May 14 at 6:14 pm