Inside MIT: Hidden Spaces & Student Pranks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Boston, MA

  • A picture perfect day on Killian Court. Photo: John Phelan.
  • The secret rooftop garden in Cambridge.
  • Google offices, clean labs and MIT alums share views of the Kendall Center Roof Garden.
  • Exterior of the Stata Center, from Vassar St. Photo: Juan Pablo Gutierrez.
  • The giant analog counting machine in the Stata Center.
  • MIThenge at the Infinite Corridor at MIT. Photo: Matt Yourst.
  • The Infinite Corridor at MIT.
  • A picture perfect day on Killian Court. Photo: John Phelan.
  • The Great Dome, hacked as R2D2 in 1999.
  • The Great Dome, as seen from the Barker Library.
  • Lobby 7 at MIT, facing the Infinite Corridor. Photo: Ho Yin Au.
  • "The Alchemist" by Jaume Plensa in front of the Stratton Student Center.
  • The sticky bun at Flour Bakery. Photo: Sobrina Tung.
  • The scene at Flour Bakery. Photo: Catherine Smart.
  • Harold "Doc" Edgerton's iconic photo shows the bullet's entry into the apple is as explosive as its exit.
  • One of the robots that greets you at the MIT Museum.
  • A scoop of B3 sits on the counter at Toscanini's. Photo: Cydney Scott.
  • Scoops of Gingersnap Molasses, Malted Vanilla and Cookie Dough. Photo: Gia K.

1 hour and 15 minutes
1.1 mi
Guided by Steve

Whether you are a prospective student, a student, an alumnus or a mere mortal, MIT is worth exploring. The university's quantitative demeanor (all buildings are numbered, not named) is juxtaposed with flamboyant architecture, vibrant art and ambitious student pranks. Come on a walk of MIT's most famous buildings, secret enclaves and favorite hangouts. Along the way, we'll check out student life, architecture, city vistas, and sample the world's best sticky buns.

About Your Guide
I'm a fan of all things dim sum, interactive museums, trivia, sci-fi and the New York Giants. I have lived in Cambridge, MA for over a decade, but I still have some upstate New York roots in me.

Get Sidewalk

Guide Points
  1. Kendall Center Roof Garden
  2. Ray and Maria Stata Center
  3. Infinite Corridor
  4. Sol LeWitt @ Condensed Matter Theory
  5. Killian Court
  6. The Great Dome
  7. Lobby 7
  8. Stratton Student Center
  9. Flour Bakery
  10. MIT Museum
  11. Toscanini's Ice Cream

About Sidewalk
Sidewalk is an app that provides free, guided walk experiences that can be created by anyone with stories to share about places they know and love.

The app navigates people through a neighborhood walk using GPS turn-by-turn directions, rich imagery and storytelling.