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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  • Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum +
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    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property +
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    Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property

    Waltham

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    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

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    MASS MoCA

    North Adams

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    Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

    Amherst

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    Millers River Environmental Center

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    MIT Museum

    Cambridge

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    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

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    Museum of African American History

    Boston

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    Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

    Canton

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Boston

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    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

    Greenfield

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    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

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    My Art Boston

    Jamaica Plain

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    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

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    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

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    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

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    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

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    Norman Rockwell Museum

    Stockbridge

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