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Boston Museums

The Boston museum scene is alive with history, activity and art. Families with kids of all ages can enjoy visits to the Boston Children's Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, or the Boston Science Museum providing hours of fun and education. Boston boasts many world-class museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Boston Children's Museum ato name just a few. When planning your Boston Museum visit, be sure to check your local library for discount coupons and free passes!

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Boston Children's MuseumBoston, $$
Boston Children’s Museum is chock full of entertaining things to do & explore. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the 3 story New Balance climbing structure - a favorite with kids. Have fun in the bubble room, explore...
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Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum (for kids and adults)Boston, $
The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum is a re-creation of the famous protest in a full scale replica of the tea party ship, also museum exhibits. It's a great place for kids to learn first-hand what happened at the Boston...
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Charles Hayden Planetarium - Now Open!Boston, $$
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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Concord MuseumConcord, $$
Engaging galleries, & period rooms provide an introduction to Concord' s history from Native America through 1775 and to the days of Emerson and Thoreau.
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Discovery MuseumActon, $$
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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Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute for the U.S. SenateBoston, $$
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate offers a dynamic, interactive experience in democracy. Visit our full-scale representation of the United States Senate Chamber, see a replica of Senator...
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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book ArtAmherst, $
Features rotating exhibits of over 1200 pictures by the children's book author and artist and others. Drawings are hung at children's eye level. The large art studio hosts almost daily art-making activities.
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Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH)Cambridge, $
Explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvard’s vast research collections at the University's most visited museum -- dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and animals from around the globe. Enjoy frequent family programs and...
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Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumBoston, $$
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.
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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.
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MIT MuseumCambridge, $
A showcase for MIT innovation — past, present, and future. The main gallery features a host of science and tech exhibits.
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)Boston, $$
The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is an elegant and impressive space filled with captivating masterpieces from around the world. The museum offers several hands-on art and drop-in programs for families and children.
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Museum of Science, BostonBoston, $$$
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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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FameWestern Mass, $$$
Located in Springfield, MA., the birthplace of basketball, the Basketball Hall of Fame is a 48,000 sq. ft. museum with 3 levels of entertaining and educational
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Old South Meeting HouseBoston, $
When you follow the Freedom Trail's red line you'll eventually arrive at the Old South Meeting House. It was built in 1729 as a Puritan Church but has become better known as the site of the Boston Tea Party.
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Old State House MuseumBoston, $
The Old State House dates back to 1713. It was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston, and it remains the city's oldest public building.
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Old Sturbridge VillageSturbridge, $$
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.
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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.
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Battleship Cove Naval Ship MuseumFall River, $$
Historic naval ships, military exhibits, and related memorabilia tell the stories of brave sailors and their proud fighting days. Explore the Battleship Massachusetts' nine decks (great for kids!)
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3-story museum and park dedicated to learning about our natural world. Animal exhibits, hands-on exhibits, special programs, train ride & planetarium.
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Fruitlands MuseumHarvard, $$
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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New Bedford Whaling MuseumNew Bedford, $
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's foremost museum devoted to the historic interaction of humans with whales worldwide. The Museum explores the history of whaling worldwide and the rich cultures – and...
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Adams National Historical ParkQuincy, $
Travel back in time at the Adams National Historical Park, where you'll visit the birthplaces of not one, but two U.S. presidents: John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams.
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Addison Gallery of American ArtAndover, Free
The newly renovated and expanded Addison Gallery of American Art is an academic museum dedicated to collecting American art. The museum, on the campus of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, is open to the public, free of...
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African Meeting House: Museum Of African American History2 Locations, Free
Exhibits and programs are dedicated to accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans during the colonial period in New England.
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Amelia Park Children''s MuseumCentral Mass, $
The Amelia Park Children's Museum (APCM) is where children are immersed in fresh, vibrant learning experiences with innovative exhibits. APCM provides opportunities for kids to engage and discover through interactive...
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American Heritage MuseumHudson, $$
The American Heritage Museum showcases operational old-time tanks, automobiles, aircraft, and other machinery, with interactive exhibits. The Museum was created to educate, entertain and enlighten visitors in the...
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Ancient & Honorable Artillery MuseumBoston, Free
The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere. On display in the Museum are military artifacts, weaponry, uniforms, medals, and...
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Armenian Library & Museum of AmericaWatertown, $
Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) houses the most extensive collection of Armenian artifacts in North America, with over 20,000 items, 20,000 books, 5,000 coins, 3,000 textiles, 930 rare books, 800 oral...
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Attleboro Arts MuseumAttleboro, Free
The Attleboro Arts Museum involves audiences of all ages and backgrounds in the visual arts through diverse and engaging arts experiences and education.
Bay State Model Railroad MuseumRoslindale, $
The Bay State Model Railroad Museum boasts an HO layout, HOn3 layout, N layout, and an O layout.
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Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst CollegeAmherst, Free
Amherst College's collections include fossil skeletons of a mammoth, mastodon, dire wolf, saber-toothed cat, Irish Elk and cave bear; the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks, and skulls of a Tyrannosaurus rex...
Berkshire MuseumWestern Mass, $
See exhibitions, fine art, and sculpture from around the world. Explore our touch tank and aquarium. Be amazed at our collection of artifacts from Native American cultures and ancient cultures of Egypt, China, and more. Marvel at the technology that awaits in the new...
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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.
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Boston Fire MuseumBoston, Free
Examine a hand-drawn, hand-operated pumper used by firefighters in 1793, until it was replaced by a much larger engine in 1808, and special equipment such as thawing devices used on hydrants and hoses during...
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Boston Sports MuseumBoston, $
For the serious Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins or Revolution fan, this museum offers an early introduction to fan mania.
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Brighton-Allston Heritage MuseumBrighton, Free
The Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum houses permanent and temporary exhibiitions related to the heritage of Allston and Brighton.
Broad Discovery CenterCambridge, $$
The Broad Discovery Center is an active, public educational space that showcases how researchers in Kendall Square and around the world are seeking to understand and treat human disease.
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Cape Ann MuseumGloucester, $
The Cape Ann Museum in downtown Gloucester maintains and exhibits material relating to the history and arts of this region. Frequent programs invite children to make and appreciate art.
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Cape Cod Children's MuseumMashpee, $$
A non-profit organization, the Cape Cod Children's Museum is a place where families an children can learn and play together. Have fun exploring the Pirate Ship, see the stars at the indoor planetarium, or create your...
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Cape Cod Museum of Natural HistoryCape Cod, $$
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.
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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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Children's Museum & Theatre of MaineMaine, $$
Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families!
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Children's Museum at Holyoke/Heritage State ParkWestern Mass, $
At the Children's Museum at Holyoke, children and adults learn together about art, science and the world around them. Through hands-on exhibits, children challenge themselves, discover how the world works, explore new...
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Children's Museum in EastonEaston, $$
Housed in the Old Fire Station in Easton, MA, the Museum offers interactive exhibits in the arts and sciences for children and families to explore together.
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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...
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Clark Art InstituteWestern Mass, $
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is an art museum and a center for education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art.
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Coast Guard Heritage MuseumBarnstable, $
USCG history, the Oldest Wooden Jail in America and the Village Blacksmith Shop.
Coggeshall Farm MuseumRhode Island, $
Coggeshall Farm Museum is Rhode Island's only living history farm, featuring multi-sensory, hands-on interactions with Rhode Island's agricultural past. Interpreters dressed in accurate reproduction clothing carry out the same tasks practiced on coastal tenant farms during...
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Commonwealth MuseumBoston, Free
The Commonwealth Museum uses state-of-the-art technology to trace the development of rights in Massachusetts from the 1600s until today. Interactive exhibits, personal stories, and a high tech theater bring history...
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Danforth ArtFramingham, $
Danforth Art at Framingham State University is a Museum and School that invites you to see, learn about, create, and get inspired by art.
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deCordova Sculpture Park and MuseumLincoln, $$
The DeCordova Sculpture Park, encompassing 35 acres of rolling woodlands and lawns, is the largest park of its kind in New England.
Draper MuseumCambridge, Free
The museum celebrates Draper’s 90 years of innovation and service to the nation and 50 years as an independent engineering innovation nonprofit, highlighting Draper's technological accomplishments in space exploration, national security, and defense.
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Essex Shipbuilding MuseumEssex, $
The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world. Preserving the history of the wooden...
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Fitchburg Art MuseumFitchburg, $
The Fitchburg Art Museum, North Central Massachusetts' most treasured cultural institution is a world-class family-friendly museum with art workshops, tours for school groups, and educational resources.
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Forbes House MuseumMilton, $
The Forbes House Charitable Trust was established in 1984 to ensure the preservation of the house, collections, and grounds at 215 Adams Street. These treasures are interpreted through tours, lectures, programs, and...
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Fuller Craft MuseumBrockton, $
This contemporary museum focuses on multicultural exhibitions and performances. It also has beautiful grounds.
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Gardner MuseumGardner, $
The Gardner Museum was established in 1978 in the Levi Heywood Memorial Library building. Designed by Fuller and Delano of Worcester, the building was completed in 1886 and is now one of the finest extant examples of...
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Hammond Castle MuseumGloucester, $$
Take a self-guided or guided tour and explore the home of inventor John Hammond complete with towers and passageways. Beautiful ocean views!
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Harvard Art Museums*Cambridge, $$
The new galleries include masterpieces from the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, with works of art dating from ancient times to the present, including paintings, sculpture,...
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Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology & EthnologyCambridge, $
Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology. The Museum offer regular family exploration program and free Sunday mornings for Mass. residents.
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Heritage Museums & GardensCape Cod, $$$
Enjoy miles of walking paths and 3 art museums featuring American art and ingenuity. The museum fosters lifelong learning by preserving and sharing the history, industry, art and horticulture of America.
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Higgins Armory Museum CLOSEDWorcester, $$
In January 2014, the Higgins Armory Museum transferred its unique collection of arms and armor to the Worcester Art Museum. Widely regarded as one of the three most significant arms and armor collections in the...
Historic DeerfieldWestern Mass, $$
Historic Deerfield Inc. is an outdoor history museum of 12 antique houses ranging from 1730 to 1850. Learn about the people who lived here from their homes, furniture, silver, textiles, and decorative arts.
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Historic Newton at Jackson HomesteadNewton, $$
Discover what life was like for New England’s earliest settlers. Learn about the abolition movement in Newton and how the Jackson family used their home as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
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House of Seven GablesSalem, $$
Tour the mansion made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. Includes author's birthplace, seaside gardens, Museum Store and Garden Cafe.
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How Do You See the World? experience + Mapparium™ globeBoston, $
This world-famous, three-story, stained-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. The Mapparium is a three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935.
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Hull Lifesaving MuseumHull, $
This almost entirely hands-on museum features a huge, climbable sea wall, a period surf boat that was used for rescues and a children's play loft that holds a play schooner, period clothes for dress-up and an...
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ICA: Institute of Contemporary ArtBoston, $$
The ICA's waterfront building is 'poised to capture the stimulation of contemporary culture.' Play Dates for kids feature art, storytelling, performance, films and building tours.
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Jenney Grist MillPlymouth, $
The Jenney Mill, America’s first utility, launched the beginning of industry and free trade in our country. The Mill is located in the heart of the Plymouth historic district, a seven minute walk from the waterfront and...
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JFK Historic SiteBrookline, Free
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is open from June - October what is planned to be its first full open season in five years following extensive renovations and accessibility updates.
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John F. Kennedy JFK Library & MuseumBoston, $$
Step back into the re-created world of the early 1960’s and experience first-hand the life and legacy of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. The Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to...
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Larz Anderson Auto MuseumBrookline, $
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to 'Americas oldest car collection'. For over 75 years, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been supporting the collector car community through a variety of educational programs,...
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Lynn Museum & Historical SocietyLynn, $
Established in 1897, the Lynn Museum & Historical Society is the only organization in the city devoted to collecting, preserving, and fostering an appreciation of Lynn's rich history.
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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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Mariposa Museum & World Culture CenterNew Hampshire, $
Find artifacts celebrating your heritage and enjoy hands-on costume, puppet/marionette and musical instrument collections.
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Mass Art Art Museum (MAAM)Boston, Free
MAAM is an art museum that is free and open to the public year-round. MAAM is located on the MassArt campus, just steps from the MBTA Longwood Stop on the Green Line (E).
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Mass MoCAWestern Mass, $$
The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging. It is the perfect place to expose the children to what's happening now in the art world.
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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery CenterNew Hampshire, $$
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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Metropolitan Waterworks MuseumBoston, Free
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of the country's first metropolitan water system through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, and public health.
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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
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education & Cultural CenterNew Hampshire, $
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center, is dedicated to connecting people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. The
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Museum of Bad ArtVirtual/Online, Free
The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is a fun, quirky, private gallery dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory.
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Museum of Ice Cream (Opening 2024)Boston
Coming Soon! Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Museum of Ice Cream. The new Museum of Ice Cream Boston will feature 14 unique, interactive installations inspired by the architecture and culture of Boston
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Museum of Natural History & PlanetariumRhode Island, $
For more than a century the Museum has served as a unique educational, scientific and cultural resource by offering exciting exhibitions, workshops and presentations that provide ways for children and families to learn...
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Museum of PrintingNorth Andover, $
The Museum of Printing is dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship.
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Museum of Russian IconsClinton
The Museum of Russian Icons was founded as a non-profit educational museum by Gordon Lankton - whose many business trips to Russia led him to a life-long fascination with Russian culture, and with Russian icons in...
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Naval War College MuseumRhode Island, Free
The Museum Director and staff answer inquiries, provide guidance and orientation talks to visitors on regional naval history and current exhibits. You may also access the U.S. Navy 20th Century Ships History Database,...
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New England Pirate MuseumSalem, $
The unique history of New England sea-robbers comes alive at the New England Pirate Museum! Exhibits include a colonial seaport, pirate cave, and 60 life-size pirates including notorious captains Kidd and Blackbeard.
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New England Quilt MuseumLowell, $
Since the New England Quilt Museum opened its doors in 1987, it has worked to present the finest examples of traditional and contemporary quilts
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New England Telephone MuseumNew Hampshire, $
The museum houses a tangible history of telecommunications which can be viewed via guided or self-guided tours. Stop by and see why people say “WOW!” when they walk through the door!
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Norman Rockwell MuseumWestern Mass, $$
The Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world's largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art.
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Old Ordinary MuseumHingham, $
Take a step back in time through three hundred years. This fourteen room house museum contains an extensive collection of period furniture export porcelain, glass, paintings, textiles, tools and more.
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Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and InnovationBoston, Free
The nearly-8,000-square-foot space includes two floors of galleries full of exhibits with various medical themes, as well as space for lectures and presentations.
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Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)Salem, $$
A museum of international art and cultural history that the whole family can enjoy. Lots of interactive children's activities and special events.
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Pilgrim Hall MuseumPlymouth, $$
Pilgrim Hall Museum is a gallery museum that tells the stories of America’s founding and traditions in stirring detail. Exhibitions include Pilgrim possessions, and Native American artifacts.
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Plimoth Patuxet Museums (Plimoth Plantation)Plymouth, $$
A living-history museum that re-creates the 1627 Plymouth community. You'll meet Governor William Bradford, Mistress Hopkins, and other members of the community.
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Providence Children's MuseumRhode Island, $$
Providence Children's Museum is a hands-on place where kids and grown-ups play and learn together. Come see how much fun learning can be!
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Public Health MuseumTewksbury, $
Exhibits explore the history of public health in Massachusetts and the evolution of public health, locally, nationally and globally. New museum collections allow visitors a more self-directed and individually-paced...
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Revolving MuseumLowell, $
The Revolving Museum is an evolving laboratory of creative expression for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities who seek to experience the transformative power of art. Through public art, exhibitions, and...
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Robbins Museum of ArchaeologyMiddleboro, Free
The mission of the Robbins Museum of Archaeology is to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the rich prehistory of New England's Native Americans through education, research, collections management,...
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Rocky Marciano ExhibitBrockton, $
The Marciano room features the boxing gloves and the shoes he wore while winning the Walcott fight. Numerous magazines, newspapers, video clips, photos, and box
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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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Salem 1630: Pioneer VillageSalem, $
Step back in time to 17th century New England at Salem's oldest living history museum.
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Salem Wax Museum Of Witches & SeaFarersSalem, $
Lifelike wax figures & exhibits recreate Salem Witch Trials and maritime history.
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Salem Witch MuseumSalem, $
The famous Salem witch trials of 1692 carved a unique place in history for this small town, where 180 people were accused of witchcraft and imprisoned. Visitors are given a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with...
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Sandwich Glass MuseumSandwich, $
The Sandwich Glass Museum has artfully combined the classic exhibits of its extensive collection with state-of-the-art technology to bring many of the new installations to life.
Saugus Iron Works National Historic SiteSaugus, Free
Learn about the nation's first integrated iron works (1646) in the iron-making plant, museum collection, the 17th-century Iron Works House, and the reconstructed ironworks complex.
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Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & LibraryLexington, Free
The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library is a unique experience for people of every age and interest--and a true discovery for anyone fascinated by Freemasonry and American history and culture.
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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 Children's MuseumHanover, $
SSCM provides play and learning opportunities that engage families with young children through interactive exhibits and programming. Our exhibits are American history based and we have programs in Literacy, STEM and the...
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Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal HistoryWeston
The Spellman Museum engages diverse audiences in the opportunities to learn from stamps and postal history. It welcomes stamp collectors and philatelic students from around the world.
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Springfield Science MuseumWestern Mass, $
The Springfield Science Museum has a Dinosaur Hall , Live Animal Center, Astronomy Hall, Native American Hall and is home to the Seymour Planetarium, the oldest operating planetarium in the United States.
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Storrowton Village MuseumCentral Mass, $
An authentic, recreated village of nine 18th and 19th century buildings around a traditional town green that provide a meaningful historic experience.
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Stow West Schoolhouse MuseumStow
Circa 1825 rural brick one-room schoolhouse on its original site. 2-acre nature park and various exhibits.
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Strawbery Banke MuseumNew Hampshire, $
Strawbery Banke Museum' s 10-acre site, with authentically restored houses and shops, period gardens, and costumed role players, presents the daily lives of ordinary people who lived here, from Colonial times to World...
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Susan B. Anthony Birthplace MuseumWestern Mass, $
The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to preserving the birthplace and raising public awareness of the wide-ranging legacy of the great social reformer, Susan B....
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Telephone MuseumWaltham, $
Discover Telephone History in the Greater Boston Area where the telephone was invented! View one of the first Telephones ever made here in Boston by Charles Williams Jr.
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The Amazing World of Dr. SeussWestern Mass, $$
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss is part of the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of Theodor Geisel, also known to young book fans as Dr. Seuss.
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The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall RiverFall River, $$
This museum is made up of a number of nifty theme rooms. The dinosaur pit, the Lego room, the water room, etc. are bright and airy with imaginative set-ups and lots to keep kids busy.
The Draper MuseumCambridge, Free
Draper Museum celebrates fifty years of technology innovation and space exploration with a new exhibit and artifacts featuring the big moments in the American space program.
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The Patriots Hall of Fame (Patriot Place)Foxboro, $
The Patriots Hall of Fame is an interactive multi-media tribute to New England's favorite football team. School group and birthday programs are available.
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The Whale Center of New EnglandGloucester, Free
On June 1, 2004, The Whale Center of New England opened its doors for one of the most exciting events in our history: our new, free, public Visitor's Center.
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U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum & USS SalemQuincy, $
The USNSM is home to the USS Salem, the world's only preserved Heavy Cruiser, the Navy's most powerful class of cruisers in the world. Overnight Adventures onboard give families a true hands-on naval experience!
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USS Constitution ('Old Ironsides')Charlestown, Free
Old Ironsides is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. A tour of this 200-year-old ship may give your little landlubber a chance to get his sea legs. The USS Constitution Museum offers interactive...
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USS Constitution MuseumCharlestown, Free
The USS Constitution Museum is just steps from the ship and houses over 3000 original artifacts, as well as artwork and opportunities for hands-on activities (toddlers can turn the wheel of a ship).
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USS Salem at the Naval Shipbuilding MuseumQuincy, $$
The main attraction here is the USS Salem, a heavy cruiser built at the Quincy shipyard where it is displayed. Tours of the ship take about an hour.
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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of ArtConnecticut, $$
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is dedicated to outstanding collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, Pick up a Family Artpak and check the schedule for free family days and other events.
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Wenham MuseumWenham, $
The Wenham Museum is a family attraction appealing to all ages. View antique toys and dolls, and play in the train room and family discovery area. Check the website for year-round enrichment programs.
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Witch Dungeon MuseumSalem, $
View a reenactment of the trial of accused witch Elizabeth Proctor, and tour the dungeon where she was held.
WNDR Museum BostonBoston, $$
WNDR Museum is an interactive experience: a multi-sensory showcase of art and technology. This is an art museum designed for taking photos! This is mostly a selfie spot, not the Art Institute.
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Worcester Art MuseumWorcester, $$
Experience magnificent artwork from five millennia of world cultures. View paintings by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent and Whistler; admire cutting-edge contemporary art; and discover the Museum's many other...
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Worcester Historical MuseumWorcester, $
Learn what famous innovations and inventions that Worcester is birthplace to at the Worcester Historical Museum.
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The Boston Art Museum scene is quite robust, including, most notably, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The museums are within walking distance of each other and feature many priceless works of art.

In addition, The Boston Tea Party Museum provides a unique historical experience for all ages, where visitors can participate in debating unfair taxation without representation, tossing tea into the harbor. Take a look at our photo guide of Boston Museums, as well as The American Heritage Museum, the USS Constitution Museum, and Discovery Museums. Our handy guide to Guide to Free Admission for Kids can also help you save money to boot.