Boston’s Best Museums for Kids That You’ll Love Too

Boston Museums for kids and families include Isabella Stewart Garnder museum. This is the courtyard with purple flowers and lots of trees Hanyang Zhang on Unsplash

Families will love these Boston museums where kids can learn about science, art, fire history, and the American Revolution

January can be a stuffy, cold month, but these Boston museums have just what you need to shake the winter blues away. Get out into that cool, fresh air and find what fun family adventures await you. Play at the Discovery Museum, marvel at the art in the Gardner Museum, or do some experiments at the Museum of Science. Get the scoop below and support your local family museum.

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Museum of Science Boston

Explorers of every age will love the hands-on Museum of Science where you can learn about dinosaurs, New England habitats and even nanotechnology. Investigate how our world works in the Science in the Park exhibit and see inside the human body in the Hall of Human Life. You'll especially love the exhibit, Arctic Adventure: Exploring with Technology

1 Science Park

Boston Children's Museum

For 100 years, Boston Children's Museum has offered exhibits that focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. They have a PlaySpace for kids age three and under where little ones can engage with parents while developing important cognitive, physical, emotional, and social skills. Older kids especially love the STEM activities and the three-story climbing structure.

308 Congress St.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Travel back in time to this era in American history when you visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Historical interpreters, interactive exhibits, full-scale replica 18th century sailing vessels, historic artifacts, and the film, “Let It Begin Here”, are just a taste of what you’ll experience during your visit.

306 Congress St.

Discovery Museum

Just outside of Boston you'll find the kid-favorite Discovery Museum with open-ended play experiences like the Sound Gallery and Train Room. Kids especially love heading outside to Discovery Woods, an outdoor museum exhibit about nature play and choosing to take “just right” risks. 

177 Main St. (Route 27)

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

There's so much to explore at the Gardner Museum both inside and out. There are activities for families to enjoy together and kid-friendly programs like Saturday Drop-in Art Activities in the Bertucci Education Studio. Spend some time exploring the gardens and fountains after enjoy the works of art.

25 Evans Way

Boston Fire Museum

The historic Congress Street Fire Station is home to this museum that's the perfect spot for little ones who want to be fire fighters someday. Check out the fire fighting memorabilia including a number of fire engines. The museum is open on Saturdays and admission is on a donation basis.

344 Congress St.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Spend the day learning about birds, check out a 1,600-pound amethyst geode and find out the latest information about global warming at this awesome museum. Kids will especially love visiting the marine life exhibit, especially the Glass Flowersan exhibit highlighting the process and beauty of glassworking.

26 Oxford St.



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