About the Galleries


Photos of the Galleries courtesy of Ellenzweig, Architect

The Koch Institute Public Galleries strive to engage diverse public audiences in the fascinating, complex, visual, personal, and important work being done at the cutting edge of cancer research. Click on the images below to learn more about each exhibit in the Galleries.


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Koch Institute Public Galleries
500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
MIT Building 76


8am–6pm, Monday–Thursday
8am-4pm, Friday






Download the spring 2019 edition of "Insights," the guide to the Galleries

Admission to the Koch Institute Public Galleries is free.

Middle and high school student groups may be interested in our Youth Outreach Program, which includes guided tours of the exhibits in the Koch Institute Public Galleries.

Image Awards

Koch Institute Image Awards

Scientific data comes in many flavors and types, but a special place is reserved for images. Micrographs, MRI scans and other biomedical images serve as windows through which experts and non-scientists alike can glimpse otherwise invisible biological worlds.

The Koch Institute Image Awards were established to recognize and publicly display these extraordinary visuals. Out of approximately 165 submissions to the 2019 Awards, 10 winning images were selected by an expert panel to appear in the Galleries.

2020 Selection Panel

Alissa Ambrose, Senior Photo Editor, STAT
Janis Fraser, PhD '76 (VII), Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.
Salil Garg, MD, PhD, Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Clinical Investigator, Koch Institute at MIT
Christopher Ketcham, Curator of Public Art and Permanent Collection, MIT List Visual Arts Center
Dan Hart, Senior Developer, WGBH
Fredericka Stevenson, Chair, Smithsonian Science Education Center; Member, Smithsonian National Board; Founding Board Chair, Summer Search Boston
Deborah SweetVice President of Editorial, Cell Press

Click the square pictures below to explore the stories behind this year's winning images and other current exhibits. Click on the Image Library tab above to explore images from previous years' contests.

Image Library

We are constantly developing new exhibits to ensure that the Galleries remain a locus of current and exciting science outreach. As new exhibits are unveiled, visitors can still explore previous exhibits on this page.

Main Galleries

Exhibits currently on display at the KI Public Galleries, including the 2021 Image Awards winners

Hall of Fame

All winning images from the KI Image Awards

2021 Runners Up

Non-winning submissions to the 2021 Image Awards

2020 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2020 Image Awards

2019 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2019 Image Awards

2018 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2018 Image Awards

2017 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2017 Image Awards

2016 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2016 Image Awards

2015 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2015 Image Awards

2014 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2014 Image Awards.

2013 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2013 Image Awards.

2012 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2012 Image Awards.

2011 Image Awards

All submissions to the 2011 Image Awards.