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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    240 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

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    The Plumbing Museum

    Watertown

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    55 saves

    Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth

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    0 saves

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    Provincetown

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    6 saves

    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

    New Bedford, Ma

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    48 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

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    9 saves

    Salem Time Machine 3D

    Salem

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    300 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

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    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc. +
    18 saves

    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

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    2 saves

    The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

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    0 saves

    South Shore Art Center

    Cohasset

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    17 saves

    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

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    5 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

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    0 saves

    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

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    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

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    5 saves

    UMass Fine Arts Center

    Amherst

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    32 saves

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

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    9 saves

    Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

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    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

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