Boston Children's Museum, Boston

One of the oldest science museums in the United States, Boston Children's Museum opened its doors in 1913. Explore the interactive exhibits, which investigate subjects like art, construction, music, mechanics, science, and live performance. Highlights include the giant Hood Milk Bottle that was once an ice cream stand and an authentic silk merchant's home from Japan. The museum was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2013 for its programming and community contributions. Plan your Boston Children's Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Boston using our Boston holiday planner .
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  • I brought my son here for the first time last week. We did not make it around to all of the sections, but the ones we did see he did not want to leave. He especially loved the construction room and th...  more »
  • We went here just before Halloween with our 3 and 6 yo kids. They both had an amazing time. When you first come in there is a gigantic jungle gym/spinder web/climbing structure that is two stories hig...  more »
  • I took my son here for the afternoon yesterday and he had THE BEST TIME! I’m sure it helped to go off tourist season on a Monday as it was really quiet. There was an amazing variety of themes that kep...  more »
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  • This museum definitely needs a makeup over with its aged exhibits and play areas. I came to the children's museum when i was in kindergarten (i am 23 now) and i remember majority of the exhibits, especially the Arthur exhibit (which is still one of my favorites). There is a lot of educational areas and exhibits that are both fun and informative. The children get the chance to learn and play at the same time and of course, socialize among other children. Just remember to supervise your child or children here cause when I come here, most of the time I have seen parents not pay attention to their child or children at all and the parents are either talking away with others or are on their phones ignoring their surrondings. Like, i get it, we're at the children's museum where children get to explore and play and interact but don't leave them unsupervised. Smaller children can get hurt easily around here with the exhibits and the stairs, so please, be attentive. I have personally seen a little girl fall down a flight of stairs due to her not paying attention cause she was running around with other children as her parents were nowhere to be found. *Again...I get it, children are a challenge to handle at times and wanna give yourself a break for a few moments but the people who work here are not your personal babysitters* Anyway, everyone with children (or without) should come here and enjoy the exhibits here :)
  • This is a great children's museum with a lot of playing exhibits for learning and exploration. It basically is a huge indoor playground. This is a great activity for a rainy day or any day for that reason. Entrance fee is not cheap so if you have a large family and will come more than 3 times in a year it is well worth the membership. Parking as anywhere in Boston takes some patience or some top dollars.
  • We've been to the children's museum many times before, but it is almost always super crowded. It seems par for the course given the museum's location so close to downtown and right on the water. The spot is perfect for access to other things to do. The museum itself boasts many attractions, but the attractions hardly seem to change, and many items seem like they could use attention, care, or replacing. There is an area for children 3 and under that's decently fun, but it's also usually pretty crowded. There's a dinosaur exhibit that I feel could be a bit more engaging, especially for the spightly younger kids. Overall, we've had a good time whenever we visit, especially since there are three floors of stuff, but just come in a an open mind and realize that not everything will be a hit. This museum is still a good place to spend a few hours with your children.
  • The museum is massive and stuffed to the brim with wonder. There is a well kept and carefully managed toddler/infant space on the upper level, with a staff member dedicated to their post at the gate in case the young ones try to bolt. On Friday’s, the costs are slightly lower and the parking garage is more reasonable. I’d recommend coming late (after 4PM) if you plan to visit during the week.
  • We came on a somewhat rainy day so the Museum was not that crowded, which was nice because there is so much to do and I can see a large crowd prohibiting that. The price was to be expected, but it is on the pricier side. The sheer amount of stuff available for the kids is overwhelming both for the parents and the kids, and tends to lend itself to a spastic "let's go here now, oh wait, let's go over there!" again which is fine, and it'll tire out the kids pretty quick. Overall though, the quality of the rooms and activities is great and I'd highly recommend making a day trip of it.
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