Boston Children's Museum, Boston

4.4
#2 of 10 in Childrens Museums in Massachusetts
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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  • This place is huge! And there are so many activities for the kids to choose from! We try and visit Childrens Museums around the country when we travel, and according to my boys, this is the best one y...  more »
  • Absolutely loved this museum, especially how hands on everything is!! We have a very handsy 5 year old boy and this was right up his alley! Our 8 year old daughter loved it as well! I would say it's s...  more »
  • My 6 year old had a blast here. There's a lot to see and do and it's beautifully designed, well laid out and has tons of interactive exhibits and rooms. Bubbles (I don't know a kid who doesn't love bu...  more »
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  • My tween daughter and I visited on July 6 afternoon - and unfortunately the one exhibit we came to see - the Japanese House - was closed. However - even though all of the exhibits are definitely geared towards age 10 and under (I would say more like 7 and under) - she had fun. There were many interactive things for her to do and she enjoyed herself. We stayed for about 30 minutes. There are benches scattered throughout - but I would say so many more are needed. This is included on the Boston Go Card - and if you have a little one I recommend the stop.
  • Definitely a head above in the children museum category. Very well organized and developed children museum with loads of things to do for children especially the younger age ones. Enough things to do for several hours of fun. Target age group 2-9 years old. $16 for kids and adults day admission. In and out access allowed.
  • If you're in town and just want to check it out for an hour or so, I highly recommend the $1 Fridays. Totally worth it for the amount of activities. However, be prepared for the crowd, noise, and mess. If you have kids under 3 it may be better to pay full price during a less "crazy" time. Just be advised that parents pay full price ($17 during regular business) too.
  • This was a perfect stop for the family. We have a three year old who thoroughly enjoyed himself. If you go an hour before closing it is half off. The staff was extremely kind, patient, and professional.
  • My three year old daughter had fun for hours. My wife and I were entertained watching her learn and have fun. They had special guests from Japan there and a Japanese student taught and helped my daughter make a toy.

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