Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in Boston, Part 1: Museums

Looking for a great place to take the kids in Boston? With so many attractions from which to choose, the most difficult part about enjoying the kid-friendly destinations in Boston is finding the time to explore them all. In this first of a three-part series, we will explore the museums that the kids are sure to enjoy in and around Boston.

Boston Children’s Museum

One of the oldest children’s museums in the country, the Boston Children’s Museum can be easily identified by the giant milk bottle statue out front. Located at 308 Congress Street in Boston, the museum boasts a number of hands-on exhibits that allow children to explore until their heart’s content. Among the exhibits is a construction site and a three-story climbing structure featuring curved platforms.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Featuring costume live actors, the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum offers an immersive experience designed to help children and adults better understand the beginnings of the American Revolution. The hands-on museum located at 306 Congress Street invites guests to board a historically accurate replica of the Tea Party ships where they can toss “tea crates” into the water. The museum also offers the opportunity to enjoy snacks in a period-appropriate tea room.

Harvard Art Museum

Located at 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge, the Harvard Art Museum is home to world-renowned paintings and sculptures. It also features a light-box gallery demonstrating how digital technology and art can work together. The museum’s café is also a great place to grab a snack.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Located at 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge, the Harvard Museum of Natural History offers a number of exhibits the kids are sure to enjoy. Among these are exhibits where the kids can learn more about dinosaurs, rocks and animals. The Great Mammal Hall and the Vertebrate Paleontology exhibits are among the most popular in the museum, making them both a great place to start the adventure. The museum also offers story time and family-oriented classes on occasion.

Museum of Fine Arts

Boasting a 500,000-piece collection, the Museum of Fine Arts features a number of Impressionist works along with an impressive Egyptian exhibit that the kids are sure to love. The museum also offers its MFA Guide: Kids’ Tour and self-guided activities for visitors of all ages. Located at 465 Huntington Avenue, the museum also offers weekend art classes for kids and adults.

Museum of Science

Encompassing a massive 130,000 square feet of space at 1 Museum of Science Driveway in Boston, the Museum of Science features a number of exhibits for kids of all ages to enjoy. The Discovery Center is specifically designed with hands-on activities for preschoolers, while the Hall of Human Life and Math Moves exhibits appeal to older children. Other highlights include the musical staircase called Soundstair and the interactive playground at Science in the Park.

The Paul Revere House

While not technically referred to as a museum, the Paul Revere House at 19 N Square has preserved the home in such a way that the entire structure is a museum. Stop by to learn about Revere’s ride while also getting a brief history of the home itself.

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