Museums in Massachusetts with kids

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

When it comes to museums in Massachusetts, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in The Bay State 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 Massachusetts…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Amherst History Museum

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    Amherst

    Housed in the 1750-era Strong House, the Amherst History Museum takes visitors on a journey from the town's colonial past, through its industrial age and into the computer-driven present.

  • Childrens Museum at Holyoke

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    Holyoke

    The Children's Museum at Holyoke provides a unique setting in which children and adults learn together about art, science and the world around them. Through hands-on exhibits, children challenge ...

  • Springfield Science Museum

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    Springfield

    Visitors to the Springfield Science Museum will find a world filled with the wonders of natural and physical science. The Museum also is home to a live animal center with fish, insects, reptiles and ...

  • Eco Tarium

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    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 ...

  • Basketball Hall of Fame

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    Springfield

    The Hoop Hall features interactive and historic exhibits about every aspect of the game.

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History

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    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 ...

  • Boston Childrens Museum

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    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.

  • Salem Witch Museum

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    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, ...

  • Children's Museum of Easton

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    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.

  • Plymouth National Wax Museum

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    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 ...

  • Cape Cod Childrens Museum

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    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.

  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

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    Brewster

    There are two floors of exhibits about the flora and fauna of Cape Cod, including exhibits on whales, indigenous birds, and coastal change, and several aquaria holding different species of ...

  • Museum of Science

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    Boston

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

  • Animagic Museum of Animation

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    Lee

    You will see original models used in famous movies and a real Academy Award. You will discover how blockbuster movies as Chicken Run, Predator,X-Men,The Matrix was made.Special: $20 Workshop includes ...

  • The New England Pirate Museum

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    Salem

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

  • National Heritage Museum

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    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.

  • Salem Wax Museum

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    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 ...

  • Fuller Craft Museum

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    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 ...

  • American Textile History Museum

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    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 ...

  • Old Colony and Fall River Railroad Museum

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    Fall River

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

  • The Discovery Museums

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    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 ...

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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    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. ...

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

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    Boston

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

  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum

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    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! ...

  • Kidspace at Mass MoCa

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    North Adams

    An interactive art gallery and studio designed for children offering hands on exhibitions and educational experiences.

  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

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    Amherst

    A fun Massachusetts museum to inspire a love of reading through picture books! Celebrating illustrations from around the world, it's a fun and colorful day out for kids!

  • Danforth Art

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    Framingham

    Danforth Art actively engages its communities within an intimate environment to experience, create, and celebrate the expressive qualities of art through exhibitions, educational programs, and studio ...

  • Berkshire Museum

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    Pittsfield

    3,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and experiments, permanent collections plus travelling and special exhibitions, don't overlook the sub level aquarium and the Little Cinema.

  • Peabody Essex Museum

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    Salem

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

  • Witch Dungeon Museum

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    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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    Salem

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

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  • Boston Duck Tours

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    Boston

    See Boston from a unique WWII style amphibious landing vehicle, with historic commentary around the city then it's into the Charles River!

  • Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

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    Barnstable

    Highlight your Cape Cod vacation with an unforgettable cruise aboard the Mid-Cape's only Whale Watch. The high speed state-of-the-art vessel sails dailyMay through Octoberfrom picturesque Barnstable ...

  • Arts Dune Tours

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    Provincetown

    Incredibly fun and adventurous daily narrated tours along the historic sand dunes and National Seashore Park! An unusual and fun family day out experience for kids of ANY age!

  • Red Sox Fenway Park Tour

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    Boston

    Visit the park where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled and Ortiz still thrills young fans today. Soak up the rich history; hear the echoes of the past. Visit the Green Monster, imagine being ...