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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  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
    71 saves

    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    1 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Cape Ann Museum +
    4 saves

    Cape Ann Museum

    Gloucester

  • Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property +
    14 saves

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum +
    218 saves

    DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

    Lincoln

  • The Discovery Museums +
    30 saves

    The Discovery Museums

    Acton

  • Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre +
    176 saves

    Gallows Hill Museum /Theatre

    Salem

  • Gedney House Museum +
    22 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Gropius House +
    9 saves

    Gropius House

    Lincoln

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    366 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Ipswich Museum +
    30 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    20 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum +
    52 saves

    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • Marblehead Museum +
    10 saves

    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    66 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Peabody Essex Museum +
    105 saves

    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • Phillips House Museum +
    42 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Salem Museum +
    207 saves

    Salem Museum

    Salem

  • Salem Time Machine 3D +
    42 saves

    Salem Time Machine 3D

    Salem

  • Salem Witch Museum +
    1,138 saves

    Salem Witch Museum

    Salem

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