Who We Are

The National Math Festival brings together some of the most fascinating mathematicians of our time to inspire and challenge participants to see math in new and exciting ways. This free and public celebration returns to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 22nd, featuring activities for every age level, from early learning activities for toddlers and daring mathematical challenges for teens, to lectures, hands-on art making, puzzles, games, and more.


The 2017 National Math Festival is organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). Learn more about our organizations below.

About The National Math Festival

Take a tour of the National Math Festival with tour guides Jordan Ellenberg and CJ!

Festival Organizer

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research in mathematics. Located in Berkeley, California, MSRI’s mission is to advance mathematical research, foster talent, and further the appreciation of mathematics. MSRI strives to make mathematics accessible and exciting to those outside the field through the National Math Festival, sponsorship of Numberphile (YouTube’s most popular informal mathematics channel, with over 1.9 million subscribers), film production for public television, and the Mathical Book Prize. MSRI has created a national Math Circles movement of small organizations teaching and engaging children in math as a hobby.

Key Partners

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), founded in 1930 as an independent institution in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world’s leading centers for basic research in the sciences and humanities, where the permanent faculty and visiting scholars have the freedom to pursue some of the deepest theoretical questions without pressure for immediate outcomes. Its reach has been multiplied many times over through the more than 7,000 scholars who have influenced entire fields of study as well as the work and minds of colleagues and students.

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) allows adults and children alike to experience the evolving, creative, aesthetic, and often surprising nature of mathematics. Located in the heart of Manhattan, New York, the Museum is home to more than three dozen hands-on, engaging exhibits that showcase the fascinating world of mathematics. MoMath has also designed and implemented hundreds of innovative programs around the country including interactive presentations, math tournaments, camp programs, book discussions, movie nights, math tours, storytelling sessions, nights of comedy, mathematical concerts, and a wide variety of public outreach events.

About the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located in downtown Washington, D.C. just a few blocks from the White House and other attractions. The Convention Center can be reached by the Metro’s Green or Yellow lines to Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center. The National Math Festival will occupy the street level of the middle building, accessible from the L Street entrance or via the Metro from the M Street entrance.

Festival Contact

Jennifer Murawski
MSRI Communications and Events Coordinator
[email protected]
(510) 642-0771