Historic Tours of MIT
A Student-Led Campus Tour of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the General Public
- 1 Hr 10 Min Duration
- Show mobile or printed voucher
- Meet Up At Location
- English; Written Translations Available
- 7 Days a Week
Trademark Tours’ Historic Tour of MIT is hosted by charismatic MIT students and is the perfect way for tourists to experience MIT! The research and innovation that happens at MIT has a profound and direct impact on lives around the globe. Our tour highlights these stories and brings history alive on one of the most interesting campuses in the world.
- June, July, August Tour Times: 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and more! View our full calendar
- May, September, October Tour Times: 11:30, 12:30
- November - March Tour Times: 12:30 only
- MIT student guide greets your group at the tour start
- Free Map of Cambridge and Boston
- Written Language Translations available in Spanish & Mandarin
- Tour ends at the MIT COOP - the best place for souvenirs plus get 10% off MIT merchandise when you take the tour!
- Guide Tip
- Transportation to and from starting location
- Add a Harvard Square Lunch Voucher for flexible dining!
What To Expect
Our Historic Tour of MIT will include three main themes:
- MIT History: From its roots in Boston to its staggering growth today.
- MITCulture: MIT culture is stranger than fiction!
- Famous MIT alumni: You may not recognize their names, but you will certainly know their inventions!
Tour stops include:
- Kendall Square
- Stata Center
- Green Building
- Great Dome
- Harvar (Mass Ave) Bridge
- Lobby 7 & the Infinite Corridor
How To Get There
Our typical starting location is Kendall Square outside the Kendall/MIT Red Line Subway Station.
Look for the big orange letters "KSQ" and our manager in a straw hat.
(The closest street address is 300 Main Street, Cambridge MA 02138)
How to Book
Select Buy Tickets to select your ticket and tour time. Complete the checkout process then bring your printed or digital ticket to the tour start.
Save a Tree! Show your ticket on your mobile phone to our managers at the tour starting location!
How do I book a tour or event?
For private tours the best way to book a tour is to click “Book Now” and fill out the order form. You will receive a response within 24 hours. (Please allow until Monday for requests sent on the weekend). A Trademark representative will personally attend to your questions and requests, and we will work with you to set up the perfect tour or package for your group.
For our public tours, click "Buy Tickets" to select your ticket and tour time. Complete the checkout process then bring your printed or digital ticket to the tour start.
Our team is also available to answer questions or book your tour by phone (855.455.8747) or email ([email protected]) Monday - Friday from 9AM-5PM EST.
Do I have to pay immediately in order to book?
Our ordering process for private group tours does not require immediate payment. After you submit a booking request you will receive a service confirmation and an invoice. Invoices can be paid by check or credit card in advance of the tour. If you are booking a custom package, camp, workshop or conference, deposits may be required. However, you can still make these initial bookings without immediate payment. Payment can be made up to 7 days in advance of a Private Tour.
How far in advance do you accept reservations?
We accept reservations up to one year in advance. We usually accommodate reservations with as little as 24-hours notice.
How long is a standard tour?
Our Public Tours last 70 minutes, and span about a mile of walking.
Private Tours typically last 90 minutes. The duration is flexible; we can make our tour longer or shorter depending on your schedule. We can also package tours, dining and attractions for longer visits.
Who typically takes your tours?
We serve all ages and group types. We are especially popular among students, families, corporate groups, and international groups. Special tour content can be customized for groups upon request.
Are your tours offered in multiple languages?
For private tours we offer tours and interpretive services in a number of languages including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish & French. These tours must be reserved at least 1 week in advance and are subject to availability.
For public tours we offer full-text translations in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Mandarin, which includes photographs of each stop, allowing foreign language speaking guests to read along with the tour guide in their native language. Translations are provided free of charge, upon request, to guests who have purchased tickets for The Hahvahd Tour.
Have your tours been reviewed?
In 2013 we were named a Small Business of the Year by the United States Small Business Administration. Our products have received praise in numerous national media outlets including The New York Times, National Public Radio, Forbes.com, NBC Radio, and the Boston Globe. We are a favorite on Tripadvisor (Harvard & MIT) and on Yelp (Harvard & MIT).
How do tour packages work?
We bundle our tours with a variety of popular activities including attractions, dining, transportation and lodging. These packages are customized based on the needs of our clients. Our goal is to save you time, money and energy so that your group can relax and have fun in your travels!
Do you offer transportation?
Yes, we can accommodate groups of any size transportation including coach buses, trolleys, turtle-tops vans, private cars, limousine rentals and even school buses!
Do you offer lodging?
Yes, we work with local hotels, inns and student dorms to provide convenient options for our groups. Group discounts are available.
Public Tour Rates
- Adult (18+)$14.00
- Senior (60+)$11.50
- Child/Student (4/17):$11.50
Infant (3 and under):Free