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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    Mashpee

    The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Museum was a dream, then a passion of Amelia Peters Bingham, in which she saw the... more

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  • Schooner Adventure

    Gloucester

    1926 National Historic Landmark, dory fishing Schooner Adventure is being restored as a memorial to Gloucester's fishing industry. This vessel is... more

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  • Williams College Museum of Art

    Williamstown

    WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects.... more

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  • 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

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  • Artscape

    Pittsfield

    Ongoing outdoor gallery that changes each year. more

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  • Asia-Barong

    Great Barrington

    Mega space of Asiatic art. Largest gallery of indoor/outdoor Asian art, artifact, and sculpture in the United States. more

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  • Carpenter Museum

    Rehoboth

    The Carpenter Museum, Rehoboth's museum of local history, includes a 1700s reproduction house and post-and-beam barn. In addition to offering... more

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  • Grand Circle Gallery

    Boston

    Grand Circle Gallery offers travel-themed exhibits featuring vintage travel posters. The extensive poster collection focuses on the "Golden Age... more

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  • ICA

    Boston

    Rotating exhibits of cutting-edge, international artists in a dramatic new buidling on Boston Harbor with cantilevered exhibition galleries and a... more

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  • Jason Russell House and The Smith Museum

    Arlington

    Jason Russell House is the site of the bloodiest battle on April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution. Adjacent... more

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  • Lafayette Durfee House

    Fall River

    Fall River's Link to American RevolutionIt is Fall River's only restored colonial house open for public tours. Every Room... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center

    Belmont

    Hiking trails, nature center, formal gardens, art gallery and natural history programs for children and adults. more

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  • Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

    South Hadley

    Collections focus on Asian art; 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; Medieval... more

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  • Museum of Fine Arts

    Springfield

    American art from the 18th to 20th centuries; European paintings from the 14th to 20th centuries. Works by Winslow Homer,... more

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  • Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum

    Quincy

    The Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers Museum was founded in 2008 to preserve the rich granite history of Quincy and surrounding... more

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  • Santarella, Tyringham's Gingerbread House

    Tyringham

    Historic Home and studios of Sir Henry Hudson Kitson, sculptor of the 'Lexington Minuteman'. Studios, residences and grounds are available... more

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  • The Shirley-Eustis House

    Boston

    Royal Governor William Shirley's Georgian mansion is the only remaining country house in America built by a British Royal Colonial... more

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  • Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

    Newbury

    The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a family-friendly site with activities for visitors of all ages. The 230-acre site includes a late... more

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  • Wenham Museum

    Wenham

    Family-friendly museum of social history exploring how we have lived, worked, dressed, and played from the 17th century to today.... more

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  • Worcester Historical Museum

    Worcester

    Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles,... more

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