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

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • Cyrus Dallin Art Museum +
    5 saves

    Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

    Arlington

  • Danforth Art Museum School +
    0 saves

    Danforth Art Museum School

    Framingham

  • DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum +
    160 saves

    DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

    Lincoln

  • The Discovery Museums +
    10 saves

    The Discovery Museums

    Acton

  • Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds +
    0 saves

    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

    Newton

  • EcoTarium - A Museum of Science & Nature +
    91 saves

    EcoTarium - A Museum of Science & Nature

    Worcester

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    12 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    40 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art +
    116 saves

    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

    Amherst

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
    13 saves

    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

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

    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
    2 saves

    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    64 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Fuller Craft Museum +
    7 saves

    Fuller Craft Museum

    Brockton

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    98 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Gedney House Museum +
    11 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Gore Place +
    10 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • Gropius House +
    1 saves

    Gropius House

    Lincoln

  • Hancock Cemetery, Quincy +
    30 saves

    Hancock Cemetery, Quincy

    Quincy

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