A museum day is the perfect motivation to get out of the house and learn something new, even when the weather is bad. These museums in Boston, Massachusetts are perfect for kids as they have hands-on learning, special family events and zones for open-ended play. Plan your day out today!

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Boston Children's Musem

For 100 years, Boston Children's Museum has offered exhibits that focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. They recently opened a brand-new 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 Street
Boston, MA
Online: bostonchildrensmuseum.org

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. Kids are always free. 

25 Evans Way
Boston, MA
Online: gardnermuseum.org

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 Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA
Online: discoveryacton.org

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 Street
Boston, MA
Online: bostonfiremuseum.com

Museum of Science

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.

1 Science Park
Boston, MA
Online: mos.org

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.
Boston, MA
Online: bostonteapartyship.com

—Kate Loweth

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