14 Incredible Museums to Put on Your Family Bucket List

KidatLACMA-cc-Ricardo Diaz via Flickr

Cultural destinations often fall into one of two camps: totally for kids or not really at all for kids. We found a slew of museums that cater to everyone, offering programming that is sure to educate and entertain kids and parents alike. Start your exploration by flipping through this slideshow of the country’s best museums to bring the kids!

Earn Serious Raptor Knowledge – Boise, Id

A living museum of sorts! Founded in 1970 when the Peregrine Falcon was an endangered species (it was successfully removed from the list just shy of 30 years later), the Peregrine Fund today aids 100+ species around the world, conducts research, and aims to conserve habitat for these rare birds (Their current focus is the California Condor.). At their World Center for Birds of Prey you can get up close to eagles, owls, hawks, and the like thanks to live raptor presentations and restored habitats. A Discovery Room was designed for young visitors to interact with eggs, feathers, costumes, and more.

5668 West Flying Hawk Lane
Boise, ID 83709
Online: peregrinefund.org/visit

Photo: David Smith via Flickr


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Which of your favorite museums offer awesome programs for kids? Tell us in the Comments below!

—Jennifer Massoni Pardini


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