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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  • Sargent House Museum +
    6 saves

    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc. +
    24 saves

    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

  • The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library +
    3 saves

    The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

  • South Shore Art Center +
    0 saves

    South Shore Art Center

    Cohasset

  • Springfield Museums +
    29 saves

    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

  • The Stone House Museum +
    9 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

  • Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate +
    6 saves

    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
    31 saves

    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

  • UMass Fine Arts Center +
    6 saves

    UMass Fine Arts Center

    Amherst

  • USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum +
    46 saves

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

  • Vaillancourt Folk Art +
    11 saves

    Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
    7 saves

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum +
    116 saves

    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

  • Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property +
    7 saves

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Wistariahurst Museum +
    31 saves

    Wistariahurst Museum

    Holyoke

  • Worcester Art Museum +
    83 saves

    Worcester Art Museum

    Worcester

  • Yiddish Book Center +
    3 saves

    Yiddish Book Center

    Amherst

  • 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum

    Dennis

    Home of man for whom town of Dennis was named; artifacts of maritime and whaling history in 1736 saltbox home; children's... more

    + 5 saves
  • 1749 Spooner House

    Plymouth

    1749 house occupied by five generations of Spooner family; furnished entirely with family heirlooms. Open Thurs & Fri, 2-6pm; Sat 10... more

    + 8 saves
  • 1869 Schoolhouse Museum - Eastham Historical Society

    Eastham

    1869 one-room schoolhouse as it was in the 1930s; attached museum with school memorabilia, local, fishing industry, whaling and military artifacts.... more

    + 9 saves

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