Boston Arts Access

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The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) underwrites free admission for MIT students and staff to three major Boston area art museums, as well as discounted student tickets to performances.

The Bobko BSO Ticket Fund provides discounted student tickets to performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Please contact council-arts@mit.edu with questions.

Performing Arts

Boston Ballet

MIT student tickets to the Boston Ballet are made available for several performances each year. Students may purchase $25 tickets to the following 2022-23 season performances: Don Quixote (March 18), Our Journey (April 7), and The Sleeping Beauty (May 25). A link to purchase tickets will be sent out to the Arts Access email list approximately one month before each performance.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

MIT students may purchase a College Card for $9 (regular price: $30), which allows college students to attend select BSO performances at no further cost after the initial card is purchased. Student access to the BSO is supported by the Bobko BSO Ticket Fund, created by Philip and Barbara Bobko.

Art Museums

Current MIT students, staff, and faculty may access the following three arts organizations for free according to each organization’s procedures using a valid MIT Student ID or MIT Employee ID.

*Employees of the MIT Lincoln Lab may request an MIT Employee ID card through the Atlas Service Center.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA)

25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston MA 02210

One free admission per MIT ID; each student or faculty/staff member must reserve a ticket under their own account and their own name. Please have your MIT ID card ready upon arrival at the museum with your timed entry ticket.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115

One free admission per MIT ID; each student or faculty/staff member must reserve a ticket under their own account and their own name. Please have your MIT ID card ready upon arrival at the museum with your timed entry ticket.

Discounted $8 tickets for non-MIT guests are available through MIT Activities Committee (MITAC).

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)

465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Present an MIT Student/Employee ID at the MFA ticketing desk to pick up a free, same-day general admission or special exhibition ticket. It is not possible to reserve free tickets online in advance through our University Membership.

Exhibitions at MIT

List Visual Arts Center

MIT Wiesner Building (E15), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

The contemporary art museum at MIT, the List Center is a creative laboratory that provides artists with a space to freely experiment and push existing boundaries. The List’s galleries and programs are always free and open to all.
 
Students can borrow artwork for free through the Student Lending Art Program.

MIT Museum

314 Main Street (E-28), Cambridge, MA

More than one million objects depict the wide interests of the MIT community from its founding in 1861 to today’s cutting-edge current research.

Members of the MIT Community (students, faculty, staff, alum with ID) and one guest are invited to visit the MIT Museum for free.

Wiesner Student Art Gallery

MIT Stratton Student Center (W20, Second floor), 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

A space for students to exhibit their artistic endeavors, both academic and co-curricular, located on campus and funded in part by the Council for the Arts.

Other Discounted Arts Opportunities

Many arts organizations offer discounts and special events for college students. Here are a few to explore:

American Repertory Theater (ART)

Purchase a student membership to the A.R.T. for $10, and get access to $15 tickets for select seats. $15 student rush tickets and discounted student advance tickets are also available.

ArtsEmerson

Purchase up to two $20 (advance) or $10 (rush) tickets to any ArtsEmerson performance.

Arts Boston

More ways to experience the arts, including the BosTix discount ticketing program and a comprehensive calendar of arts events.

Boston Chamber Music Society (BCMS)

The Boston Chamber Music Society (BCMS), directed by Institute Professor Marcus Thompson, is an ensemble of superb musicians who come together in different combinations to prepare and perform chamber music. BCMS offers $9 individual student tickets and $48 student subscriptions to their full season of eight concerts.

Boston Lyric Opera

Boston Lyric Opera offers $25 advance student tickets, 50% off subscriptions, and $20 student rush tickets (pending availability).

Boston Philharmonic

Discounted for students ($10 + fees) and non-students under 40 years of age ($30 + fees) are available for all concerts. Visit the event page of the concert you would like to attend for discount codes and more info.

Central Square Theater

Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT, a collaboration between Central Square Theater and MIT, is the nation’s only ongoing partnership between a professional theater company and a world-class research institution. Central Square Theater offers a special 4-ticket package for MIT students for $25.

Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums offer free admission to all students with a valid ID. Other members of the MIT community who are eligible can take advantage of the Harvard Art Museum’s local rates, which grant free admission to all Cambridge residents and free admission on Saturdays between 10am and noon to all Massachusetts residents (proof of residency required). Admission is free for all on Sundays.

Huntington Theater Company

$20 student tickets are available for all performances. Additionally, discounted $30 tickets are available for patrons 35 years old and younger.

Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Longwood Symphony musicians are primarily healthcare professionals from Boston’s leading hospitals and universities, including doctors, medical students, research scientists, nurses, therapists, and caregivers. $10 student tickets are available for all concerts.

Peabody Essex Museum

$11 tickets are available for all MIT community members through the MIT Activities Committee (MITAC). Tickets must be reserved in advance and online orders take 1-2 business days for processing.

Radius Ensemble

Radius Ensemble liberates classical music for a new generation of music lovers with a fresh combination of eclectic programming and intimate performances by extraordinary musicians. The Ensemble often performs works by MIT composers. $12 student tickets are available.

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