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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  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank +
    16 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Mead Art Museum at Amherst College +
    3 saves

    Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

    Amherst

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
    4 saves

    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Millers River Environmental Center +
    0 saves

    Millers River Environmental Center

    Athol

  • MIT Museum +
    53 saves

    MIT Museum

    Cambridge

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Museum of African American History +
    54 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston +
    95 saves

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Boston

  • Museum of Our Industrial Heritage +
    2 saves

    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

    Greenfield

  • Museum of Russian Icons +
    25 saves

    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

  • My Art Boston +
    0 saves

    My Art Boston

    Jamaica Plain

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame +
    72 saves

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Springfield

  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture +
    5 saves

    National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

  • Naumkeag +
    105 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
    62 saves

    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Nichols House Museum +
    14 saves

    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

  • Norman Rockwell Museum +
    58 saves

    Norman Rockwell Museum

    Stockbridge

  • NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association +
    4 saves

    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

    Orange

  • Old South Meeting House +
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    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Old State House +
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    Old State House

    Boston

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