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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    Newbury

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    Hyannis Port

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    West Barnstable

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    West Stockbridge

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    Boston

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    Andover

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    Cambridge

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    Bourne

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    Aquinnah,

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    Salem

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    Duxbury

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    Pittsfield

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    Greenfield

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    Great Barrington

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    Becket

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    Boston

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    Boston

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    Boston

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    Cotuit

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    Rockport

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