MIT Museum: Learning Lab

Use tools of science as you work hands-on with high-speed cameras, electron microscopes, spectrometers, and more to answer “What if…” questions, solve mysteries, and discover.

Activities can take as little as 10 minutes to complete, but stay for as little or long as you like. Free with admission.

Take a look at the activities that take place in our Learning Labs, then check out our Week-at-a-Glance calendar to see what we’re planning on the day of your visit.


What if we could see the tiniest of objects? Explore the details of everyday things using a variety of light and electron microscopes. You never know what you will discover when you put something new under the microscope.

High-Speed Imaging

What if we could see in slow motion? Capture water droplets, balloon pops, and objects in motion using high-speed, multiple exposure, or strobe photography while investigating concepts in physics, fluid dynamics, and more.

Thermal Selfies and More

What if we could see heat? Use an infrared camera and other tools of investigation to explore hot, cold, material science, and thermal imaging.