Koch Institute Public Galleries

View of the KI Public Galleries from the sidewalk at sunset

Credit: Courtesy of Ellenzweig, Architect

The Koch Institute Public Galleries were established to connect the community in Kendall Square and beyond with fascinating work being done at the cutting edge of cancer research. Within the Galleries, visitors can explore current cancer research projects, examine striking biomedical images, hear personal reflections on cancer and cancer research and investigate the historical, geographical and scientific contexts out of which the Koch Institute emerged. The Galleries also play host to a wide range of programming, including public events and youth outreach programs.  

Escorted and authorized visitors are welcome to visit the KI Public Galleries, located at 500 Main Street in Cambridge. General visitors may explore selected exhibits via captions and QR codes printed on the Main Street-facing windows of the Koch Institute building. We look forward to welcoming the public into our spaces in accordance with MIT campus access policies.

People looking at KI Image Award winners in the West Gallery

The Koch Institute Public Galleries comprise the Philip Alden Russell (1914) East Gallery, established with generous support from Charles B. and Ann Johnson, and the West Gallery, where the Koch Institute celebrates the life and legacy of faculty member Angelika Amon, who died in 2020 from ovarian cancer.

Current Exhibit Displays

  • Koch Institute Image Awards Exhibition (signature display) – featuring the winners of the annual Image Awards competition
  • Discovery Science (visual display) – reflecting on the deep biological underpinnings of cancer research at MIT
  • A Human Endeavor (video display) – highlighting diverse personal perspectives on cancer research
  • A Convergent Moment (mural) – showcasing the parallel histories of MIT science and engineering that led to the creation of the Koch Institute
  • High-Tech Neighborhood (mosaic) – examining the Koch Institute’s place at the interface of MIT academic life and the biomedical landscape of Kendall Square
  • Signals (mural) – illustrating the vast network of interconnectedness that underlies the evolution of cancer cells
  • Eureka (sculpture) – celebrating the experience of an idea and the legacy of Robert A. Swanson

For questions about the Koch Institute Public Galleries or to arrange a tour for your group, contact kigalleries@mit.edu.

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