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Boston Childrens Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston
MA
02210
Tel: 617 426 6500

Where are we going today?

It's ALWAYS fun to find somehwere that kids can play and create, and parents can be sure that they are learning at the same time (but chances are they won't realize it!)

The Boston Children's Museum does just that! This fun and very family friendly museum that boasts loads of great hand-on exhibits which are all there just to keep your kids entertained!

The entire museum was designed for children and families, and the exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health and fitness, and the arts.

Each of the exhibits bring something special to the kids, and develop their senses, encourage their creativity and get them experimenting! The features includes zones for creative art play, construction, kids' art gallery, kinetic energy studio, theatre, perspective zone, flight simulator, Japanese House and Science Playground. How cool does that sound!?

Inspired by the latest research in early childhood development, the Baby Space is designed to spark exploration and creativity in young children ages 0 to 3, so if you have little ones - never fear! There is something JUST for them!

In this wonderful, whimsical exhibit, children can enjoy the tree house climber with bridges and slide, an extensive interactive toy train landscape, a messy area with see-through painting wall, and an infant area with plenty of soft space for crawlers and a cozy waterbed. The Family Resource Room offers parenting information.

Plus their collections extend to dolls and doll houses, Japanese artifacts, the Native American Collection and natural history.

Sounds pretty awesome to us!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$14
  • Children$14
  • Free Under: 12 months.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm Sat - Thurs / 10am - 9pm Friday. Open until 7pm on Tuesdays in July/Aug

All year round

Teachers corner

They love having school groups visit! Give them a call to see how they can help you with what you need!.

I'm Hungry!

You are welcome to eat food from home in the Museum’s first floor Lunch Room or dine outside on the Milk Bottle Plaza. No food or beverages are allowed within the exhibit spaces..

Any Top Tips?

Allow a couple of hours at least to really enjoy the exhibits!.

Doing our bit

The museum was built JUST for kids and their learning, because they are all about education - they know how important it is! .

Need a little extra help?

The museum is fully accessible, and the exhibits are also in multiple languages too! .

Can I get one of those?

The Museum Shop is a great place to find fun, educational and unique gifts that reflect the Museum's popular exhibits. .

More information

There isn't a parking garage at the museum but there are paid parking lots and garages in the immediate area so bring change! They are affordable. .

What people are saying?

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    Great place to take the children. Very interactive. Plenty to do. We were there Columbus Day weekend of 2014 and my daughter lost a pearl looking bracelet that my mom gave her. Please, if anyone knows about this, let them know at the museum. They have my information and have been trying to find it. They have been helpful. Thank you so much.

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    Went here for the "Boston Grown-Ups Museum" event one Thursday evening. It was a ticketed event where they open up the museum to 21+ adults. It was an awesome date night, and I enjoyed revisiting the sights and sounds most will remember from visits to any respectable Children's Museum as a youngster. The "pulley seat" race and the mini rock wall were highlights, as was the "discovery gelatin" (basically just playing in jello). Kids will love it, and adults with kids may find it just interesting enough not to harbor resentment. Adults WITHOUT kids...Read More

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    I recently went to the museum for the first time for the Google City Experts launch party, and I had a blast! I think most of the museum was open for the attending guests to explore; I really enjoyed exploring the different exhibits that were available, and am a little sad to not have been able to do everything. I'm a kid at heart and was intrigued and amused by every little thing I played with. My favorite was the rock climbing wall though! If you're a parent, I would definitely recommend bringing your kids here at least once!

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    I remember going here when I was young and really loving it. I had the pleasure of coming back as an adult a few months ago as part of a Google City Experts night and it was a blast! There have alot of kid friendly exhibits that adults would enjoy as well. If you have not had a chance to come here as a kid, make sure you come to one of their adult nights that hey frequently have, you will not regret it!

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    I visited twice in one week recently with my granddaughter and her parents. Although I noticed how the museum seemed an amazing place for children of all ages, I was especially zeroing in on the area for crawlers and new walkers. My GrandCrawler (and we adults!) were enthralled with your full-wall mirrors, see-through tunnels, amply layered climbing and tumbling pads, wide-open spaces for crawling, the wide array of age-appropriate library books in the snack area, and so much more in this overall Wonderful World for Children! And I noticed the many...Read More

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by Lee Movic

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Went here for the "Boston Grown-Ups Museum" event one Thursday evening. It was a ticketed event where they open up the museum to 21+ adults. It was an awesome date night, and I enjoyed revisiting the sights and sounds most will remember from visits to any respectable Children's Museum as a youngster. The "pulley seat" race and the mini rock wall were highlights, as was the "discovery gelatin" (basically just playing in jello). Kids will love it, and adults with kids may find it just interesting enough not to harbor resentment. Adults WITHOUT kids should save their visits for "Grown-up night".

by Babs Hajdusiewicz

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I visited twice in one week recently with my granddaughter and her parents. Although I noticed how the museum seemed an amazing place for children of all ages, I was especially zeroing in on the area for crawlers and new walkers. My GrandCrawler (and we adults!) were enthralled with your full-wall mirrors, see-through tunnels, amply layered climbing and tumbling pads, wide-open spaces for crawling, the wide array of age-appropriate library books in the snack area, and so much more in this overall Wonderful World for Children! And I noticed the many safety features that are part and parcel of the careful planning and implementation behind this really great environment for children. Thank you for providing this splendorous experience for children and families! I can't wait to come back!

P.S. I do wish for one addition to your Wonderful World for Children: A "no cell phones nor other tech devices" policy. Such a policy would remove the "babysitting" feature your enticing equipment offers to parents who prefer not to be present to their child. Just one example: While in the crawlers' area for an hour, I saw (and heard!) a toddler's parent talk on a cell phone while following that toddler from space to space. Though the parent occasionally lent a supportive bottom boost, sadly, not once in an entire hour did the parent speak to that toddler.

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