Boston's marvelous museums are sprinkled throughout the city allowing visitors a chance to see a new section of Boston at each stop. Explore the Seaport in conjunction with a visit to the ICA, Back Bay with the Boston Public Library, or Fenway while spending time at the Museum of Fine Arts. Museums offer options that range from art to play making it necessary to devout more than just one day to sample the all that is offered by Boston's museums. There's a little something fro everyone at each of Boston's museums.
10 Boston Fire Museum
The Boston Fire Museum allows visitors a look into fire fighting's past in an historically significant structure, and former fully-functioning fire house. Enter the Fire Museum to see the antique fire trucks, uniforms, equipment, fire alarms and photo displays that now call this museum home. Exhibits include hand drawn pumper and ladder trucks (including what is said to be the oldest engine constructed), photo displays from fires of the past, and retired fire equipment including uniforms with everything from helmets to boots.This building is an architectural buff's dream, built in 1891, it broke the rules by suspending the second floor from above rather than supporting it by use of columns or poles from below. This National Landmark is free (donations are gladly accepted) and open only on Saturdays. Fire fighters are around to tell you about the sights and even give helmets to little tykes. (617-338-9700)
9 The Hall at Patriot Place
The Hall at Patriot Place is a modern museum and a unique venue to recall the magical moments of Patriot football. Allowing guests a trip through New England football history, The Hall uses video and audio to allow fans the opportunity to explore memorable football moments in the team's history. The Hall experience is amazing and includes a panoramic 45-foot wide screen, a geodesic dome, touch screen displays, and ceiling projection screens. Interactive exhibits allow guests to feel like part of the team while they explore this display of regional sports history. (508-698-4800)
8 Harvard Museum of Natural History
Explore the natural world in the detailed exhibits that live at this Harvard University treasure. Examine animals, dinosaurs, fossils, stones, flowers and biology. Also enjoy insight into cultures, by region. A fantastic find for those who desire to learn more about Natural History. An on-site gift shop sells themed trinkets to remember your trip. (617-495-3045)
7 Institute of Contemporary Art
Roam the galleries or watch a show in a waterfront building that is as beautiful as what is housed inside. The modern art is an eclectic mix of what may sometimes seem to be mayhem. Funky fun displays rule the roost at this cutting edge art museum. (617-266-5152)
6 DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park is a must! It's outdoor sculpture park is a an excellent place to enjoy a little art while the kids roam free. Set on a 35 acre estate of a mid-1800's merchant, the DeCordova museum is not only home to sculptures, but also a great deal of art (much of it modern) that is housed indoors. Completing the DeCordova experience is a cool cafe; ideal for a light lunch or snack. (781-259-8355)
5 Boston Public Library
The first public library in the United States, Boston's institution not only houses a wide variety of literary works (over 6 million), but also displays the creations of visual artists. Many works remain permanently in the library while others are part of a constantly changing exhibit of sculpture and paintings. Enjoy lunch in their restaurant or flip through your latest find in the cafe. In nice weather, go enjoy the peace and serenity of the newly restored courtyard. Rare books and manuscripts are also available at this awe inspiring facility. (617-536-5400)
4 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Art
View works of art by Rembrandt, Dante, Degas, Raphael and Michelangelo as well as the many others that are on display from the personal collection of Ms. Gardner. Once her home, it is more like a mansion than a museum. The art inside reflects Ms. Gardner's personal passion for Italian and Dutch artwork, and set-up as galleries that surround a central courtyard. A gorgeous place to spend a day. (617-566-1401, 617-278-5156)
3 Museum of Science
Who would not love to walk into a Museum and come face to face with a life-sized dinosaur? Explore each and every last crook of the Museum of Science and encounter excitement from our past, present and even a glimpse into our future. Kids are amazed by the lightning show and love the freedom to move that this large space allows. Enjoy a show in the Planetarium or take a trip around the world in the Omni theater. Exhibits change often, making the Museum of Science a must see on each and every visit. (617-723-2500)
2 Boston Children's Museum
The Boston Children's Museum is a local favorite. Exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, and all encourage kids to interact (via touch). Many amazing adventures await at the Children's Museum; kids can climb the centrally located maze, blow big bubbles in the dedicated bubble room, build something solid in the construction zone, learn about culture, and even countdown to kindergarten in the make-shift classroom. The Boston Children's Museum also features the perfect place for the under 3 crowd, Playspace. This room comes complete with crawling structures, small-scale slides, cars to drive and even daily crafts. There is no doubt that kids will have fun here, but adults will also enjoy returning to childhood at the Boston Children's Museum. (617-426-6500, 617-426-8855)
1 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The MFA is one of the largest museums around. An entire day could be spent admiring the works, both ancient and modern, that live within these walls. Along with many amazing (and famous) paintings, the MFA offers visitors the chance to enjoy artifacts from around the world. Home to four dining venues, there is a choice for all tastes eliminating the need to exit throughout the day. The MFA hosts many unique events including lectures, music, films, art opportunities for kids, and even cocktail parties. The gift shops offer art inspired items that allows guests to reflect on their favorite parts of the museum. (617-267-9300)
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