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Boston Science Museums, Planetariums, Observatories & Exhibits

Are your kids interested in science? Boston is home to some of the very best colleges, science minds, an science museums in the world. The repository of STEM education, STEAM and Science exhibits, activities and archives are exciting, impressive and quite accessible.

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Charles Hayden Planetarium - Now Open!Boston, $$
The Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science offers young and old alike the opportunity to reach for the stars. Following a $9 million renovation, the Charles Hayden Planetarium is the most...
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Discovery MuseumActon, $$
The Children's Discovery Museum now has has twice the exhibit space of the original museum and includes significant new galleries for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) experiences including water;...
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Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH)Cambridge, $
Explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvardís vast research collections at the University's most visited museum -- dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and animals from around the globe. Enjoy frequent family programs and...
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MIT MuseumCambridge, $
A showcase for MIT innovation ó past, present, and future. The main gallery features a host of science and tech exhibits.
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Museum of Science, BostonBoston, $$$
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.
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America's StonehengeNew Hampshire, $
America's Stonehenge is an accurate astronomically aligned calendar. It was and still can be used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year. Learn about the history of the site at the visitors center, and...
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Blue Hills Observatory & Science CenterMilton, $
Learn the history of the oldest continually operating weather observatory in the country. Enjoy weekend observatory tours, & a great view from the summit.
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Blue Ocean Society for Marine ConservationNew Hampshire, Free
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In the summer, they host a Marine Life Touch Tank in Portsmouth and the Sea Life Discovery Center in Salisbury Beach.
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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...
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Lincoln Laboratory Classroom PresentationsLexington, Free
Lincoln Laboratory scientists and engineers are available to give free presentations in local K-12 classrooms.
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Maria Mitchell Association Natural Science MuseumNantucket, Free
At the Maria Mitchell Association Natural Science Museum, take a tour or guide yourself through rooms filled with wonderful things from the natural world of Nantucket. Field trips for all ages, lectures, workshops, and...
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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery CenterNew Hampshire, $$
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, New England's only air and space museum! The planetarium offers variety of shows for the general public, school children and groups.
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Montshire Museum of ScienceVermont, $$
The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on museum located in Norwich, Vermont, offering dozens of exciting exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology
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Ocean Science Exhibit Center: Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.Massachusetts, $
The Ocean Science Exhibit Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution houses exhibits of the Institution's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that...
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Parts and Crafts WorkshopSomerville, $$
Parts and Crafts is an open workshop-playshop and community center where we build things, make things, ask questions, and take stuff apart.
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Russell Museum of Medical History & Innovation at MGHBoston, Free
The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation explores the evolution of health care and medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Exhibits and programs allow visitors to follow our history of...
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Seabrook's Science & Nature CenterNew Hampshire, Free
The Seabrook Science & Nature Center is a destination for anyone who is interested in learning about nuclear energy and the thriving ecosystem that surrounds the plant. Includes a marine aquarium and nature trail.
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Seacoast Science CenterNew Hampshire, $
Located in Rye, NH, the Seacoast Science Center offers a variety of indoor exhibits highlighting some of the fascinating features of coastal New Hampshire. Explore the touch tanks, learn about coastal & sea life, and...
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SEE Science CenterNew Hampshire, $$
SEE is a hands-on science center established to promote excitement and enjoyment of science. With nearly 100 exhibits, visitors of all ages have fun actually doing science.
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South Shore Natural Science CenterNorwell, $
The South Shore Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore.
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