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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    Worcester

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    Boston

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    Framingham

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    Aquinnah,

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    Attleboro

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    Chatham

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    Rockport

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    Gloucester

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    Yarmouth Port

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    Fall River

    An environment that encourages and inspires a love for the learning process while strengthening family, education, and social bonds. more

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    Essex

    Extensive collection of American folk art including primitive paintings, Shaker boxes, painted furniture, and redware. more

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    Newburyport

    Federal mansion (1808); paintings, furniture, carriage house, and garden. more

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    Newburyport

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    Mansfield

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    Fitchburg

    Contemporary American paintings, early portraits, prints, decorative arts, furniture. Changing exhibitions. more

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    Weston

    The Henderson House is a hidden gem, nestled in the heart of Weston, just 20 minutes from downtown Boston. This beautiful... more

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    Hyannis

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    Boston

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    Arlington

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    Fall River

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