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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    Fall River

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    Mashpee

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    Belmont

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    South Hadley

    Collections focus on Asian art; 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; Medieval... more

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  • Museum of Fine Arts

    Springfield

    American art from the 18th to 20th centuries; European paintings from the 14th to 20th centuries. Works by Winslow Homer,... more

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    Natick

    The Museum of World War II is a research and educational institution devoted to preserving and exhibiting the reality of... more

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    New Bedford

    Welcome! The members of our non-profit organization are working to establish a new glass museum in the city of New... more

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    Gloucester

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    Boston

    Royal Governor William Shirley's Georgian mansion is the only remaining country house in America built by a British Royal Colonial... more

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    Newbury

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    West Springfield

    Storrowton Village Museum is an authentic, recreated village of nine 18th and 19th century buildings from Massachusetts and New Hampshire,... more

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    Holyoke

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    Wenham

    Family-friendly museum of social history exploring how we have lived, worked, dressed, and played from the 17th century to today.... more

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    West Stockbridge

    Outdoor sculpture garden featuring regional artists. more

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    Worcester

    Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles,... more

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    Andover

    Home to one of the most comprehensive collections of American art in the world, the Addison Gallery of American Art... more

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    Framingham

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    Aquinnah,

    Aquinnah Wampanoag 19th house museum. Exhibits, programs, special events that relate traditional, 19th century and contemporary culture and history. more

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    Attleboro

    Rotating art exhibitions including paintings, sculpture, and mixed media. Creative art classes for adults and children. Lectures, visiting artists workshops... more

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    Chatham

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