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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  • Vaillancourt Folk Art +
    8 saves

    Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property +
    7 saves

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • Gore Place +
    6 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • Ipswich Museum +
    6 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property +
    6 saves

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum +
    6 saves

    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

    New Bedford, Ma

  • Blanchard's Colonial Tavern +
    5 saves

    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
    5 saves

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • The Discovery Museums +
    5 saves

    The Discovery Museums

    Acton

  • Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest +
    5 saves

    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

  • The Plumbing Museum +
    5 saves

    The Plumbing Museum

    Watertown

  • Sargent House Museum +
    5 saves

    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • The Stone House Museum +
    5 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
    5 saves

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • Gedney House Museum +
    4 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • UMass Fine Arts Center +
    4 saves

    UMass Fine Arts Center

    Amherst

  • Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property +
    4 saves

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    3 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Cyrus Dallin Art Museum +
    3 saves

    Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

    Arlington

  • International Poster Gallery +
    3 saves

    International Poster Gallery

    Boston

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