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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  • ICA

    Boston

    Rotating exhibits of cutting-edge, international artists in a dramatic new buidling on Boston Harbor with cantilevered exhibition galleries and a... more

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  • Jason Russell House and The Smith Museum

    Arlington

    Jason Russell House is the site of the bloodiest battle on April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution. Adjacent... more

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  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library, home of the Mapparium

    Boston

    There's a lot for families to do at The Mary Baker Eddy Library! Visit our exhibits, including the Mapparium, a... more

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  • Massachusetts Golf Museum

    Norton

    Exhibits, activities, and memorabilia pay tribute to Massachusetts' rich golf tradition. more

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  • Milton Art Museum

    Canton

    American and European prints; Asian art; 19th-century bronze sculpture; contemporary American artists. more

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  • Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

    Canton

    The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon is a professional art museum within New England's largest conservation organization,... more

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  • The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

    Nantucket

    Exhibits of Nantucket Lightship Baskets from the 1850s; demonstrations and workshops. more

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  • Parting Ways

    Plymouth

    Former New Guinea Setlement and the Parting Ways Cemetery is a State and National Hisotric Landmark in Plymouth,MA off... more

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  • Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association

    Deerfield

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  • Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum

    Quincy

    The Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum was founded in 2008 to preserve the rich granite history of Quincy and surrounding... more

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  • Rudd Art Museum

    North Adams

    Celebrating our 11th summer season! RUDD ART MUSEUM "A Chapel for Humanity" The chapel has been created by... more

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  • Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

    Newbury

    The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a family-friendly site with activities for visitors of all ages. The 230-acre site includes a late... more

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  • Volleyball Hall of Fame

    Holyoke

    Come experience the world's only museum and exhibit hall devoted to all aspects of volleyball, the second-most popular sport in... more

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  • Wenham Museum

    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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  • Whistler House Museum of Art

    Lowell

    The Whistler House Museum of Art, birthplace of the artist James McNeill Whistler, was established in 1908 as the permanent home... more

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  • Worcester Historical Museum

    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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  • Addison Gallery of American Art

    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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  • Aptucxet Trading Post Museum Complex-Bourne Historical Society

    Bourne

    Replica of Pilgrim-Dutch trading post; windmill; 17th-century herb and wildflower gardens; Native American artifacts; picnic area. Salt works, Gray Gables... more

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  • Arabella Gallery

    Salem

    Arabella Gallery, located in the heart of Pickering Wharf, represents some of New England's finest artists and artisans offering an... more

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  • Artscape

    Pittsfield

    Ongoing outdoor gallery that changes each year. more

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