You know those museums that are really quiet and you can’t touch anything? These are definitely not those museums. Take the Boston Children’s Museum. It’s one-of-a-kind, world-renowned center for enrichment. But the kids don’t care about that. They just like that it’s as fun as a barrel of monkeys. The Museum of Science has scary dinosaurs, loud electric bursts, and an Imax screen the size of a basketball court, and it’s still extremely educational. The Kidspace at Mass MoCA has really mind-blowing art, including some uniquely interactive work. At the Discovery Museums in Acton, kids can bounce a ball three stories high or engineer their own train track. Of course, if your family loves those quiet museums, we have plenty of those too.

Watch a video on Edith Wharton’s The Mount in Lenox.

  • Children's Museum, Boston

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum

  • Eric Carle Museum, Amherst

  • Museum of Science, Boston

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  • Sandwich Glass Museum +
    17 saves

    Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

  • Nichols House Museum +
    16 saves

    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
    14 saves

    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property +
    14 saves

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art +
    13 saves

    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    13 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
    13 saves

    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

  • Ipswich Museum +
    13 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Blanchard's Colonial Tavern +
    11 saves

    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

  • Gedney House Museum +
    11 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • International Poster Gallery +
    11 saves

    International Poster Gallery

    Boston

  • The Plumbing Museum +
    11 saves

    The Plumbing Museum

    Watertown

  • Vaillancourt Folk Art +
    11 saves

    Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • African Meeting House on Nantucket/The Museum of Afro-American History +
    10 saves

    African Meeting House on Nantucket/The Museum of Afro-American History

    Nantucket

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
    10 saves

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property +
    10 saves

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • The Discovery Museums +
    10 saves

    The Discovery Museums

    Acton

  • Gore Place +
    10 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art +
    10 saves

    The Institute of Contemporary Art

    Boston

  • The Stone House Museum +
    9 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

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