Museums
in Boston, MA (showing 1 - 12 out of 23)

Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.

Beacon Hill

Boston, MA

(617) 635-3485

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Explore the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill. This area of town is beautiful, with narrow streets, brick sidewalks lit by gas lights, row houses with beautiful doors and brass knockers, hidden gardens, decorative ironwork throughout, colonial revival homes from the early 20th century and other elements that harken from neighborhoods of the past. Beacon Hill draws plenty of attention for its looks but the neighborhood also offers unique shops and some of the city's best restaurants, along with other businesses and attractions.

Boston Athenaeum

10 ½ Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108   Directions

(617) 227-0270

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The Boston Athenaeum has deep roots in the city's history. Founded in 1807, the athenaeum is one of the country's oldest independent libraries and is home to over 600,000 volumes. This renowned cultural institution also boasts an impressive fine art collection. Explore the building's attractions on your own or opt for a 60 minute tour.

Boston Children's Museum

308 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210   Directions

(617) 426-6500

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Imagination and education go hand-in-hand at the Boston Children's Museum. The museum is the second oldest children's museum in the nation, housing exhibits that explain science, nature, art, history and more. A few of the engaging exhibitions include Kid Power, Science Playground, Global Gallery, and Countdown to Kindergarten.

Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116   Directions

(617) 536-5400

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If you're a book lover there's no better way to celebrate that than by visiting the Boston Public Library, the nation's second largest library. This huge library is home to around 6.1 million books, in addition to about 1.7 million rare books and manuscripts that feature records from colonial Boston, early works of William Shakespeare and the personal book collection of John Adams.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

306 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210   Directions

(617) 338-1773

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Relive an important and historic moment in American history at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. The museum retells the Boston Tea Party event, considered to be one of the major catalysts of the American Revolution. Attractions to see here include replica ships of those involved with the Tea Party, and reenactments of important happenings from before and after the momentous event.

Bunker Hill Monument

1 Faneuil Hall Sq
Boston, MA 02129   Directions

(617) 242-5601

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While in Boston, be sure to visit the Bunker Hill Monument, one of America's oldest standing monuments. This impressive landmark was constructed in the mid 1800s to commemorate the first battle of the American Revolution. The monument is accompanied by an exhibit hall and a museum located across the street.

Georges Island

Boston, MA

(617) 223-8666

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Spend some time exploring Georges Island and its main inhabitant Fort Warren. Along with the impressive historic fort, there are several buildings that helped to aid the military, including a granite powder magazine, a searchlight station, a generator building, an electrical communications building and a few other types of structures. This destination offers an inside look at our military's past, and a sweeping view of Boston's beauty.

Gibson House Museum

137 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116   Directions

(617) 267-6338

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The Gibson House Museum is a landmark that serves as a perfect example of an early American home. The house was built in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood in 1860 and was home to three generations of the Gibson family. The Victorian-era home is complete with furnishings that echo the time period of its occupation.

Granary Burying Ground

Boston, MA

(617) 635-7361

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Pay your respects to some of the people who helped to build and define our nation at the Granary Burying Ground. Referred to as “the resting place of Boston's most famous sons”, this burial ground is where the bodies of people like John Hancock, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and the victims of the Boston Massacre have been interred.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138   Directions

(617) 495-3045

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“Look closer, dig deeper” at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The museum showcases several exhibits that have to do with natural history, including Arthropods: Creatures that Rule, Fossil Mammals, New England Forests, and Minerals, Gems, & Meteorites. You'll learn so much about the world around us through the fun sights here.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

Boston, MA

(617) 514-1600

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Walk through the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library and get a closer look at the life and times of America's 35th President. Through touring this monumental library and museum, you'll learn about JFK's presidential campaign, his leadership and administration, his ideas and enthusiasm for politics, and the ideals he held dear. The museum also has features about JFK's captivating wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and his famous family, among other attractions.

Minute Man National Historical Park

174 Liberty St
Concord, MA 01742   Directions

(978) 369-6993

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Watch the opening battle of the American Revolution take place right before your eyes at Minute Man National Historical Park. This hallowed ground is where the war began and where it is relived through reenactments. These demonstrations aren't the only things to do at the park though; explore the visitors center, walk down Battle Road Trail, check out the Hartwell Tavern and The Wayside and other park attractions.

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