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Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Historic Landmarks
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Glenn’s Kreme & Kone (“GK&K”) will offer classic HP Hood ice cream and tasty treats such as Richie’s Slush, Hot Dogs, Meal Deal Specials and more!

The Milk Bottle was built in 1934 by Arthur Gagner of Taunton, Mass., to dispense the homemade ice cream he produced. Standing 40 feet tall and weighing in at 15,000 lbs., the Milk Bottle was one of America’s first fast-food drive-in restaurants and an authentic example of the “Coney Island” style of architecture. If real, it could hold 58,620 gallons of milk.

The Milk Bottle stood as a landmark on Route 44 in Taunton until it was abandoned in 1967. It was left in disrepair for years until Hood purchased the deteriorating structure, rescuing it from oblivion. Hood had the Bottle refurbished and donated it to Boston Children’s Museum.

In 1977 the Milk Bottle was placed aboard a barge for its “Great Bottle Sail” through Boston Harbor to the Museum Wharf, now Children’s Wharf at 308 Congress Street, where it serves as a destination landmark delighting millions of people from around the world and the city of Boston.

In fall 2006, the bottle was 'uncapped'—its original top half was sliced off and preserved—so that its base could be moved slightly and rebuilt on the new Milk Bottle Plaza.

A renovated bottle was put back in place and officially re-dedicated by Boston Mayor Menino on April 20, 2007, thirty years to the day after it was moved to Children's Wharf.

With the generous support of long-term partner, HP Hood, the iconic Milk Bottle underwent a major renovation in 2020 to its facade and infrastructure.

In addition to the complete renovation of the façade, the Milk Bottle has new windows, new awnings, new exterior lighting, and a new HVAC system.

Cash or Venmo only basis.

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Wednesday – Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm (weather dependent) with expanded summer hours coming soon!



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Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210


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