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.

The Council for the Arts at MIT purchases 20 tickets to four BMOP concerts a year, which are made available to MIT students at no cost.

More information about the BMOP


All concerts are held at:

Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, MA 02115

Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Photograph by Marco Borggreve, courtesy of the BSO.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Council for the Arts at MIT subsidizes the cost of the BSO College Card, a program that grants students admission to any number of BSO performances per season for free. MIT students may purchase a College Card for $7.00 (cash or check only) in the Arts at MIT headquarters in E15-205.

After obtaining a card, students must visit to register and learn how to obtain concert tickets. Detailed instructions including any blackout dates will be listed throughout the season.

One ticket per concert, per program, per week may be obtained for each BSO College Card. Tickets may be obtained up to one hour prior to the concert start time, in person at the BSO Box Office.

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

More information about the BSO


Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA

The Cast of OPERATION EPSILON. Photo: A.R. Sinclair Photography.

CC@MIT at Central Square Theater (CST)

The Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT presents plays that deepen the public understanding of science with theatrical presentations and conversations among the audience, players and scientists. The Catalyst Collaborative is based at the Central Square Theater.

The theater offers MIT students a discount subscription package that includes four tickets for $28. Tickets may be used for any performance throughout the 2015 – 2016 season. There are no restrictions on when or how the tickets may be used. (For instance, all four tickets may be used at once or they can be used in pairs to see two performances.)


More information about the Central Square Theater


Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Harvard Art Museum. Credit Basheer Tome, Creative Commons License.

Harvard Art Museums

Located on the edge of Harvard Yard, the Harvard Art Museums include the collections of three museums – the Fogg Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum and Busch-Reisinger Museum – under one roof for the first time.

The world-class collection includes over 250,000 objects in all mediums spanning all continents and ranging from ancient to contemporary.

The new Art Study Center complex allows students, scholars and the public opportunities for close examination of works from our collections not currently on view.

All MIT students and faculty with a current MIT ID can gain free admission to the Harvard Art Museums.

MIT students can also access our collections on-line and find out about the many public programs offered throughout the year on our website:

More information about the Harvard Art Museums


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art. Photograph by Vanderwarker

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA)

The Council for the Arts provides free general admission to the ICA for MIT students and faculty.

Additionally, MIT students are eligible for discounts to ICA performances, the museum shop and the café.

To take advantage of free admission, present your MIT ID at the ICA entrance desk.  MIT students and faculty do not receive free entry to First Friday events.

Only currently registered MIT students and current MIT faculty are eligible for this program. Retirees, spouses and alumni are not eligible.


More information about the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston


Institute of Contemporary Art
25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210

The Courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Photograph by Siena Scarff, Courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Council for the Arts at MIT underwrites MIT’s Institutional membership at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, providing:

  • Free admission for all MIT graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff – simply show your MIT or Lincoln Lab ID card
  • To bring a guest with you, discount passes are available at MITAC
  • College Group Tours
  • $15 off concert tickets for students
  • $10 off Individual and Friend level memberships for faculty and staff

Third Thursdays
Gather in the evening at the Gardner, soak up the atmosphere of the historic courtyard garden, and explore the light-filled spaces of the new wing. Free music and a cash wine bar each night, plus artist and spotlight talks in the galleries. Join in clever gallery games, sketching and a chance to get a little messy in our new art studio too. Each night is a bit different from the next and sure to spark conversation and delight. MIT affiliates can also attend the Third Thursdays programs at no cost!


More information about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum



Visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. ©Tony Rinaldo Photography.

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) boasts one of the country’s major collections of European, American and Asian art.

The Council for the Arts at MIT underwrites MIT’s membership at the MFA. MIT students can enjoy the exhibitions and cultural programs (including special exhibitions) free of charge by presenting their current student ID at the Museum.

Through this University Membership Program, MIT students may also use their MIT student ID to obtain student-priced tickets to public programs and a 10% discount on purchases made in the Museum Bookstore and Shop.

The Council for the Arts at MIT also provides day passes to the MFA for MIT faculty and staff, which allow the borrower free admission to the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. They can be signed out of the Hayden Library – to see if passes are available, please click here.


More information about the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Radius Ensemble, 2014. Photograph by Liz Linder

Radius Ensemble – Eclectic Music

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.

All concerts are on Saturdays at 8:00pm at Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Tickets are made available to MIT students free of charge by the Council for the Arts at MIT, and are advertised through the ticket alert email list.


More information about the Radius Ensemble 


Longy School of Music
27 Garden Street, Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA

The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University

Photographic Resource Center (PRC)

MIT students have free, unlimited access to Boston University’s Photographic Resource Center, including the gallery, library and events.

MIT students are also eligible to participate in the juried PRC Members’ Exhibition as well as the annual PRC Student Exhibition, a highly anticipated showcase of photography from students at member institutions.


More information about the Photographic Resource Center


Photographic Resource Center
832 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215