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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    Adolphus Busch Hall

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    Boston Children's Museum

    Boston

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    Boston CityPASS®

    Boston

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    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Boston

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    Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

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    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

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    Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

    Arlington

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    Danforth Art Museum School

    Framingham

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    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

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    The Gibson House Museum

    Boston

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    Gore Place

    Waltham

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    Hancock Cemetery, Quincy

    Quincy

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    Harvard Art Museums

    Cambridge

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

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    Harvard Semitic Museum

    Cambridge

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    Imagine: A Center for Community & the Arts

    Cambridge

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    The Institute of Contemporary Art

    Boston

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    International Poster Gallery

    Boston

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    Jackson Homestead and Museum

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