Opening the MIT 150 Exhibition

Celebrating the Institute’s 150th birthday, The MIT 150 Exhibition is capturing the Institute’s unique qualities, and it has done so in a unique way—involving the entire community in the interpretation and presentation of its most treasured objects. These artifacts will show what makes the MIT environment so distinctive and so productive of innovative solutions for the world’s challenges.

Beginning in spring 2009, students, faculty members, alumni, staff and other interested parties could nominate their favorite pieces of Institute history here on this website. In fall 2009, after several hundred objects and ideas were nominated, we held an open vote, which allowed all visitors to the website to vote for their favorite nominated objects. Voting concluded on January 1, 2010. The results helped us winnow out 150 especially compelling and significant MIT objects for the Exhibition.

Please visit the new website for The MIT 150 Exhibition at

You can also still see most of the original MIT 150 Nominations web site where thousands of you helped us select what would go into this exhibition.