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

    USS Salem CA139, United States Naval Shipbilding Museum

    Quincy

  • Vaillancourt Folk Art +
    12 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

  • Whistler House Museum of Art +
    1 saves

    Whistler House Museum of Art

    Lowell

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum +
    148 saves

    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

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

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Wistariahurst Museum +
    35 saves

    Wistariahurst Museum

    Holyoke

  • Worcester Art Museum +
    94 saves

    Worcester Art Museum

    Worcester

  • Yiddish Book Center +
    4 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

    + 10 saves
  • 3Museums.org

    Boylston

    The collaboration of 3 Great Museums, all within a few miles distance, offering discount admissions incentives to enhance visitation to these... more

    + 4 saves
  • Abiel Smith School/Museum of Afro-American History

    Boston

    First building constructed (1835) for the sole purpose of housing a black public school. Sits next to the African Meeting House... more

    + 1 saves
  • Addison Gallery of American Art

    Andover

    Home to one of the most comprehensive collections of American art in the world, the Addison Gallery of American Art... more

    + 0 saves
  • Amazing Things Arts Center

    Framingham

    Performing and visual arts center in restored historic firehouse. 350 performances (daily except Mon.) in folk, pop, jazz,comedy, theater and... more

    + 1 saves
  • Animagic - Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art

    Lee

    Make your own Animation movie in 2 hours. Learn about Berkshire Talent, who made this movies possible: The Matrix, Chicken Run,... more

    + 31 saves
  • Aptucxet Trading Post Museum Complex-Bourne Historical Society

    Bourne

    Replica of Pilgrim-Dutch trading post; windmill; 17th-century herb and wildflower gardens; Native American artifacts; picnic area. Salt works, Gray Gables... more

    + 0 saves
  • Aquinnah Cultural Center

    Aquinnah,

    Aquinnah Wampanoag 19th house museum. Exhibits, programs, special events that relate traditional, 19th century and contemporary culture and history. more

    + 1 saves
  • Arabella Gallery

    Salem

    Arabella Gallery, located in the heart of Pickering Wharf, represents some of New England's finest artists and artisans offering an... more

    + 0 saves

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