The Institute

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The Institute affairs are none of your concern. Your undeveloped mind couldn't even begin to comprehend what we accomplished.

— Dr. Zimmer

The Institute is a mysterious organization within the Commonwealth. It is known to possess advanced technology, including the ability to produce androids of high enough quality to pass as humans.


The Institute came into existence from the descendants of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Allegedly, it is currently located within the Commonwealth, the name now given in the post-atomic world to what was once the American state of Massachusetts. Little is known about the Institute aside from rumors circulating around the scientists working in the sealed environment. The Institute possesses highly advanced technology and technological skills, resulting in the creation of true artificial intelligence (AI), and are capable of creating androids.

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Another organization active in the Commonwealth, the Railroad, functions in direct opposition to the Institute, as their goal is to free the Institute's sentient androids from their creators.

Broken Steel

In Fallout 3's Broken Steel add-on it is mentioned that Dr. Madison Li supposedly went north to visit the Commonwealth, where the Institute is located, after the events of Take it Back!. Whether this was truly her intention and whether she actually made it there is currently unknown.


The Institute is mentioned in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.

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