Museums in BOSTON with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in Boston, Massachusetts, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in this The Bay State city offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick! Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in Boston…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Boston Childrens Museum

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    (1 miles) Boston

    Loads of great hand-on exhibits to keep kids entertained in Boston - which focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health and fitness and the arts.

  • Museum of Science

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    (1 miles) Boston

    Over 700 interactive exhibits perfect for kids in Boston, where their imagination can run wild with science and technology!

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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    (3 miles) Cambridge

    The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world where kids can enjoy and learn from one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. ...

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History

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    (3 miles) Cambridge

    Explore dinosaurs, hundreds of animals from around the world, rare minerals, meteorites. Check out the 42 ft. Kronosaurus, whale skeletons, and Harvard's world-famous Blaschka 'Glass Flowers'. Don't ...

  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum

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    (5 miles) Brookline

    Located in beautiful Larz Anderson Park the Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a great Museum for kids and adults of all ages! Learn about the history of the automobile and have some fun along the way! ...

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

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    (5 miles) Boston

    Family-friendly, big machines & wrenches....sound fun? A fascinating look at where water comes from!

  • National Heritage Museum

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    (10 miles) Lexington

    We present history by telling stories that are rich in content, use compelling narrative, and are supported by dynamic displays and interactive hands-on activities.

  • Witch Dungeon Museum

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    (14 miles) Salem

    Experience a live re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trial! Go back in time to 1692 to hear real transcripts from the actual trials, before touring the dungeon!

  • Witch History Museum

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    (14 miles) Salem

    Explore the untold stories of 1692 with live presentations and real life scenes depicting the stories of the trials in Old Salem village.

  • Salem Wax Museum

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    (14 miles) Salem

    This compelling museum is composed of eerily life-like London made wax figures that depict Salems vivid history from its founding in 1626 through the terrifying Hysteria of 1692. Come face to face ...

  • The New England Pirate Museum

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    (14 miles) Salem

    Relive the swashbuckling adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard, with a walking tour and authentic pirate treasures!

  • Peabody Essex Museum

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    (14 miles) Salem

    Spend the day surrounded by art and culture in this popular Salem museum, with exhibits, programs and activities!

  • Salem Witch Museum

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    (14 miles) Salem

    Step back in time to 1692, to a time when the Witch Trails of Salem were in full force. Fascinating for the older kids, this museum gives the family a dramatic history lesson with life-size figures, ...

  • Fuller Craft Museum

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    (18 miles) Brockton

    Free for kids, this is an ever changing range of consistently excellent exhibits, covering a diverse range of themes and mediums. Obviously for the less boisterous child, this is a fun afternoon for ...

  • Children's Museum of Easton

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    (20 miles) North Easton

    There are 3 floors of interactive educational but fun exhibits and over 100 programs that allow kids children ages 1 through 8 to explore the world around.

  • The Discovery Museums

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    (22 miles) Acton

    Two museums in one! In the Children's Discovery Museum, the younger children learn while they play. At the Science Discovery Museum, children and adults of all ages explore hands-on scientific ...

  • American Textile History Museum

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    (24 miles) Lowell

    This is not your run-of-the-mill museum. From spinning wheels to airplanes and power looms to baseballs, history really comes alive here. Enjoy family-friendly interactive centers for hands-on fiber ...

  • Plymouth National Wax Museum

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    (34 miles) Plymouth

    The Wax Museum, gives a graphic portrayal in the magic of light, sound, and animation, recreating the persecuted years in England, the escape to Holland, the Mayflower voyage, and the landing at ...

  • Eco Tarium

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    (37 miles) Worcester

    Set in an urban oasis, the EcoTarium offers a chance to walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature ...

  • Slater Mill Museum

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    (37 miles) Pawtucket

    The American Industrial Revolution is brought back to life in this historic Rhode Island museum, with tours through 18th and 19th century buildings!

  • Providence Childrens Museum

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    (42 miles) Providence

    Kids aged 1 to 11 can play, create AND learn in this hands-on children's museum in Rhode Island! A day out filled with imagination and fun.

  • American Independence Museum

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    (43 miles) Exeter

    Discover the stories behind America's revolutionary past and how they relate to your experiences today by visiting the American Independence Museum. Located in historic Exeter, New Hampshire, the ...

  • Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

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    (43 miles) Providence

    Spend the day at Rhode Island’s only natural history museum AND the state’s only public planetarium! A family day out choice since 1896!

  • Old Colony and Fall River Railroad Museum

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    (46 miles) Fall River

    A railroad museum that traces the history of railroading in Fall River, located in railroad cars - great fun for train loving kids!

  • Scouting Museum

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    (46 miles) Manchester

    The Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum/Max I Silber Scouting Library represents an exciting, unique, and colorful repository for an exceedingly large collection of Boy Scout memorabilia and an ...

  • The Millyard Museum

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    (48 miles) Manchester

    The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. The story starts with the ...

  • Currier Museum of Art

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    (49 miles) Manchester

    The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keeffe, Wyeth, and LeWitt with exhibitions, tours, and programs ...

  • Herreshoff Marine Museum

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    (49 miles) Bristol

    The Herreshoff Marine Museum and America\'s Cup Hall of Fame are dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff ...

  • The New England Wireless and Steam Museum

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    (56 miles) East Greenwich

    The Museum is an electrical and mechanical engineering museum emphasizing the beginnings of radio and steam power. The museum honors engineers who achieved greatness and served the public good by ...

  • Children's Museum of New Hampshire

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    (59 miles) Dover

    Two floors of interactive exhibits and hands-on learning at this New Hampshire children's museum, dedicated to a child's development! Perfect for under 12s

  • The National Museum of American Illustration

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    (60 miles) Newport

    The Museum's American Imagist Collection features masterpieces of illustrative art and is the largest such collection in the world. Illustrators combine personal expression with pictorial ...

  • Cape Cod Childrens Museum

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    (61 miles) Mashpee

    A place where families and children can learn and play together. The museum features lots of hand on exhibits such as: A Pirate Ship, A Plantarium, the Puppet Theatre and Toddler Play Area.

  • Newport Art Museum

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    (62 miles) Newport

    The Museum's collections and exhibitions focus on the visual arts of Newport and southeastern New England, reflecting both the rich heritage of the past and the lively art scene of the present.

  • International Tennis Hall of Fame

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    (62 miles) Newport

    The Museum's galleries chronicle the rich history of tennis through interactive exhibits, dynamic videos, and popular memorabilia from historic champions and the superstars of today.

  • The Museum of Yachting

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    (63 miles) Newport

    The Museum of Yachting is dedicated to preserving the culture of yachting by fostering education and enjoyment of its history through the presentation of vessels, artifacts, literature, events, and ...