Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 2017.

Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO)

The Council for the Arts at MIT subsidizes the cost of the BSO College Card, a program that allows students to attend any number of Boston Symphony Orchestra performances each season for free. Students can visit MIT Copytech in Building 11-004 to purchase a college card at the reduced price of $7 and attend available BSO Concerts at no additional cost. (Some non-eligible dates apply. MIT student IDs are required to purchase a card. Only one per MIT student ID.)

After obtaining your card, you must go to to register and learn how to obtain concert tickets. Detailed instructions, availability, and any non-eligible dates will be listed throughout the season at

MIT’s partnership with the BSO is supported in part by Philip and Barbara Bobko.

More information about the Boston Symphony Orchestra


Eligibility: Current MIT Students and Postdocs (with valid ID)

ICA Boston. Image courtesy of the Boston Globe

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA)

The Council for the Arts provides free general admission to the ICA for MIT students and faculty. MIT students are also eligible for discounted, student rate pricing to ICA performances and films.

Please present your MIT ID at the ICA admissions desk to receive your ticket. Free tours for up to 20 students at a time are also available by emailing at least three weeks in advance of the scheduled tour date. Free admission to First Friday events is not included in this program.

A limited number of ICA passes are available for MIT staff; please email us to request a pass.

More information about the ICA


Eligibility: Current MIT Students and Faculty with valid ID

MIT Staff have access to a very limited number of day passes, as supplies last

Gardner Museum Courtyard.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Council for the Arts at MIT provides free general admission to the Gardner Museum for MIT students, faculty, and staff. This partnership also includes free tickets to lectures, discounts on guided gallery tours, and $10 off Individual and Friend level membership for faculty and staff.

Please present your MIT ID at the Gardner admissions desk to receive your ticket. Free admission to Third Thursday events is also included in this program.

More information about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


MFA Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)

The Council for the Arts provides free general admission to the MFA for MIT students, faculty and staff. This partnership also includes $5 tickets for students to regularly priced films, when purchased in person on the day of the screening, free tickets to MFA First Fridays, and a 10% discount on purchases in the Museum Shops.

Present your MIT ID at the MFA ticket desk to receive free admission.

More information about the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Eligibility: Current MIT Students (with valid Student ID) and current MIT Faculty and Staff (with valid Employee ID)

Harvard Art Museums.

Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums provide free admission to all students with a valid ID. This includes free access to the Art Study Center, which allows visitors to request objects not currently on display in the galleries, facilitating self-directed teaching and learning from works in all media.

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 from 10 am – noon to all Massachusetts residents (proof of residency required).

More information about the Harvard Art Museums


Eligibility: Current students with valid ID

Local rates are available for eligible members of the MIT community

Operation Epsilon at the Central Square Theater

Central Square Theater (CST)

Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT, a collaboration between Central Square Theater and MIT, is the nation’s only on-going partnership between a professional theater company and a world-class research institution.

Central Square Theater offers a special subscription package for MIT students, which allows students to purchase 4 tickets for $30. For more information, visit Subscriptions at Central Square Theater.

More information about Central Square Theater


Eligibility: Current MIT Students with valid ID

Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP)

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is widely recognized as the leading orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing new music. Its signature record label, BMOP/sound, is the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and solely devoted to new music recordings.

$10 tickets are available for students with a valid student ID.

More information about the BMOP


Eligibility: Current MIT students with valid ID