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Boston Museums


The Boston museum scene is alive with history, activity and art. Visits to the Boston Children's Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, or the Boston Science Museum can provide hours of fun for for the family. Boston boasts many world-class museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Boston Children's Museum and many more. Be sure to check your local library for discount coupons and free passes!


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Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)Salem, $$
A museum of international art and cultural history that the whole family can enjoy. Lots of interactive children's activities and special events.
Boston Children's MuseumBoston, $$
Boston Children’s Museum is chock full of entertaining things to do & explore. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the 3 story New Balance climbing structure - a favorite with kids. Have fun in the bubble room, explore...
Boston Museum of ScienceCambridge, $$$
The Boston Museum of Science boasts an extensive collection of exciting science-based exhibits, both permanent and temporary. So much to explore & discover - there is always something new at the Science Museum.
Boston Tea Party Ship & MuseumBoston, $
The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum is a re-creation of the famous protest in a full scale replica of the tea party ship, also museum exhibits.
Charles Hayden PlanetariumBoston, $$
The Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science offers young and old alike the opportunity to reach for the stars. Following a $9 million renovation, the Charles Hayden Planetarium is the most...
Concord MuseumConcord, $$
Engaging galleries, & period rooms provide an introduction to Concord' s history from Native America through 1775 and to the days of Emerson and Thoreau.
Discovery MuseumsActon, $$
The Children's Discovery Museum is a wonder-filled 100 year old Victorian house with rooms, corridors, and closets featuring ten hands-on exhibits. The Science Discovery Museum is a creative and challenging interactive...
Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute for the U.S. SenateBoston, $$
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate offers a dynamic, interactive experience in democracy. Visit our full-scale representation of the United States Senate Chamber, see a replica of Senator...
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book ArtAmherst, $
Features rotating exhibits of over 1200 pictures by the children's book author and artist and others. Drawings are hung at children's eye level. The large art studio hosts almost daily art-making activities.
Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryCambridge, $$
Explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvard’s vast research collections at the University's most visited museum -- dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and animals from around the globe. Enjoy frequent family programs and...
Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumBoston, $$
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars.
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House - Home of the AlcottsConcord, $
Orchard House is the former home of author Louisa May Alcott (Little Women). Very homey and informal - shown by 30 minute tours only.
Minuteman National ParkConcord, Free
Created in 1959, Minute Man National Historical Park (NHP) preserves and protects the significant historic sites, structures, properties, and landscapes associated with some of the first battles of the American...
MIT MuseumCambridge, $
A showcase for MIT innovation — past, present, and future. The main gallery features a host of science and tech exhibits.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)Boston, $$
The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is an elegant and impressive space filled with captivating masterpieces from around the world. The museum offers several hands-on art and drop-in programs for families and children.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FameWestern Mass, $$$
Located in Springfield, MA., the birthplace of basketball, the Basketball Hall of Fame is a 48,000 sq. ft. museum with 3 levels of entertaining and educational
Norman Rockwell MuseumWestern Mass, $$
The Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world's largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art.
Old South Meeting HouseBoston, $
When you follow the Freedom Trail's red line you'll eventually arrive at the Old South Meeting House. It was built in 1729 as a Puritan Church but has become better known as the site of the Boston Tea Party.
Old Sturbridge VillageSturbridge, $$
The Sturbridge Village museum re-creates the daily work activities of a rural 19th-century town in authentic, living history. An easy Boston area day trip.
Paul Revere HouseBoston, $
The Paul Revere House is the oldest standing private home in Boston and once belonged to Paul Revere. It is a small museum comprised of rooms decorated in authentic colonial style.
Battleship Cove Naval Ship MuseumFall River, $$
Historic naval ships, military exhibits, and related memorabilia tell the stories of brave sailors and their proud fighting days. Explore the Battleship Massachusetts' nine decks (great for kids!)
Blue Hills Trailside MuseumMilton, $
The Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation and is managed by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Boston Museum of Science - Gilliland ObservatoryBoston, Free
The Gilliland Observatory, located atop the Museum of Science's roof is open for free viewing on Friday evenings.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural HistoryCape Cod, $$
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History has interactive displays on crustaceans, mollusks, fish, frogs, turtles and snakes. There are natural trails behind the museum.
Charles River Museum of Industry & InnovationWaltham, $
The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation explores the inventions that powered America into the modern age -- steam engines, generators, timepieces, machine tools, bicycles, automobiles, and hundreds of other...
Children's Museum & Theatre of MaineMaine, $$
Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families!
Children's Museum of New HampshireNew Hampshire, $
The Children’s Museum of Portsmouth is now The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. With triple the space, several new major exhibits, and enhanced visitor amenities, the museum is is a great destination for...
EcoTariumWorcester
3-story museum and park dedicated to learning about our natural world. Animal exhibits, hands-on exhibits, special programs, train ride & planetarium.
Forbes House MuseumMilton, $
The Forbes House Charitable Trust was established in 1984 to ensure the preservation of the house, collections, and grounds at 215 Adams Street. These treasures are interpreted through tours, lectures, programs, and...
Fruitlands MuseumHarvard, $$
One of the first outdoor museums in America, at Fruitlands visitors discover the stories, experiments and ideals of the Alcotts, Shakers, utopians, artists and Native peoples. Fruitlands four galleries, singular...
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