My wife and I have been to the MIT Museum (that’s the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum) a couple times during our driving trips around New England. I must confess that I am fan of MIT. I have read a bunch of books about the school. I was excited when I learned they had a museum. Now I am not a big fan of museums in general. Most museums are boring! The MIT Museum is great.
They change their exhibits around regularly so you never know what you are going to see. Some of the exhibits I have seen at the MIT Museum include holography, strobe photography, and these cool little mechanical art work things.
My favorite part of the MIT Museum is the museum of hacks. A ‘hack’ is kind of an elaborate practical joke. Some of my favorite displays are the mocked up fiberglass security car that was place on top of the great done complete with box of donuts and I brake for donuts bumper sticker; the device that inflated a large balloon marked with MIT that was buried in the football field of the Harvard Yale football game and trigger to inflate after a touchdown; the special metal coins that if a student placed it in their pockets, their body heat would trigger a reaction causing the coins to superheat; buzzword bingo that was played when Al Gore visited the campus; the water fountain. I think I remember seeing the No Knife display at the museum, but I might be remembering it from one of my books. The No Knife art piece was thrown together complete with display card, and snuck into a real art exhibit. It simply a tray from the cafeteria with plate, glass, utensils (except a knife), etc, resting on a trash can. No one noticed that it wasn’t one of the real art pieces.
I bought a couple books on hacks in the MIT Museum store. I enjoyed them thoroughly!
I will probably revisit the MIT Museum any time I am back in the Cambridge area.
The MIT Museum is located at 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. They have a website at which shows what their current exhibits are.

Books about MIT:
Nightwork : A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT by Institute Historian T. F. Peterson

The journal of the Institute for Hacks, Tomfoolery & Pranks at MIT by Brian M Leibowitz

The Idea Factory: Learning to Think at MIT by Pepper White