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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  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture +
    5 saves

    National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
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    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

  • Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame +
    4 saves

    Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame

    Hyannis

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
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    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Yiddish Book Center +
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    Yiddish Book Center

    Amherst

  • Art Complex Museum +
    3 saves

    Art Complex Museum

    Duxbury

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    3 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
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    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • Gropius House +
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    Gropius House

    Lincoln

  • Museum of Our Industrial Heritage +
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    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

    Greenfield

  • The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library +
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    The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

  • Adolphus Busch Hall +
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    Adolphus Busch Hall

    Cambridge

  • Harvard Semitic Museum +
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    Harvard Semitic Museum

    Cambridge

  • ArtsWorcester +
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    ArtsWorcester

    Worcester

  • Harwich Historical Society at Brooks Academy Museum +
    1 saves

    Harwich Historical Society at Brooks Academy Museum

    Harwich

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum +
    1 saves

    Jackson Homestead and Museum

    Newton

  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum +
    1 saves

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    Provincetown

  • Whistler House Museum of Art +
    1 saves

    Whistler House Museum of Art

    Lowell

  • Beverly Historical Society +
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    Beverly Historical Society

    Beverly

  • Danforth Art Museum School +
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    Danforth Art Museum School

    Framingham

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