Cambridge is just one bridge away from Boston, yet it's a different world. It could easily be characterized as a college town with its 28,000 students, but it is far more than that. At Harvard Square, a hub of activity both day and night, browse the world's largest concentration of bookstores, launch into cyberspace at a high tech cafe, or explore the treasures hidden in the home of the 19th-century poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Kendall Square is home to MIT and the heart of Massachusetts' high tech and biotech industries. Shop at the nearby CambridgeSide Galleria or take a relaxing tour of Boston and Cambridge from a riverboat along the scenic Charles River. Other worthwhile visits include Central Square, Inman Square and Porter Square.
MIT is located on 146 acres that extend more than a mile along the Cambridge side of the Charles River. Many world renowned architects have designed buildings throughout the campus including Alvar Aalto, Eduardo Catalano, I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen. Sculptures, murals and paintings abound, including the works of Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and Louise Nevelson. MIT is the home of the List Visual Arts Center which is located in the Wiesner Building. Internationally recognized for its contemporary art exhibitions, the Center maintains MIT's permanent collection of over 1,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs and contemporary prints. Also on campus, the MIT Museum offers exhibitions and programs that explore the interplay among the areas of art, science, and technology. Its public exhibitions are housed in the Museum, the Compton Gallery and the Hart Nautical Gallery. Guided walking tours of campus are available twice daily and depart from the lobby of Building 7, the main entrance at 77 Massachusetts Avenue.
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