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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  • The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home +
    85 saves

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Old South Meeting House +
    83 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Worcester Art Museum +
    83 saves

    Worcester Art Museum

    Worcester

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame +
    79 saves

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    73 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    69 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Peabody Essex Museum +
    66 saves

    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • Norman Rockwell Museum +
    65 saves

    Norman Rockwell Museum

    Stockbridge

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    64 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • MIT Museum +
    63 saves

    MIT Museum

    Cambridge

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    61 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Museum of African American History +
    59 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Historic Deerfield +
    58 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • MASS MoCA +
    56 saves

    MASS MoCA

    North Adams

  • Burial Hill +
    54 saves

    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

  • USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum +
    46 saves

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

  • Botanic Garden of Smith College +
    45 saves

    Botanic Garden of Smith College

    Northampton

  • Old State House +
    38 saves

    Old State House

    Boston

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University +
    37 saves

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum +
    36 saves

    Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    Hyannis

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