Get Familiar with Boston's Best Family-Friendly Museums

Boston area museums range from art and cultural meccas to historical reenactment spots and even spaces for scientific exploration. You can find museums for a quick visit or for a full day of fun. And you can enjoy your day with your family.

Little ones can do no wrong at the Boston Children's Museum where each and every exhibit is made for interactive fun. Touching is encouraged and experimenting with messy substances is a must. 

Future firefighters will flip for the real fire engines form the past that are available for your exploration at the Boston Fire Museum where a half hour lets you make the most of what they offer.

Art enthusiasts have the most to choose from as many of the area's museums offer kids, day, and exploration opportunities. Make your way to Framingham where the Danforth Museum dedicates an entire section to younger children and offers older kids a scavenger hunt to complete .Head north to the Peabody Essex Museum and find fun in their discovery drawers or stay inside city limits where  the ICA offers free family days one Saturday of every month. Don't forget the MFA, the best art museum in Boston that let's you plan a visit suitable for your family using their online planning guides.

Peabody Essex Museum


Upon entry into the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) you'll be stunned by its beauty. Along with galleries, you can peek into art studios and the auditorium where the museum's collections include a compilation of contemporary and historic pieces...  Read More

Boston Fire Museum
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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...  Read More



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...  Read More

Danforth Museum of Art


Founded in the mid-70s, the Danforth Museum offers visitors the chance to view the work of artists, both European masters and locals. A myriad of classes and workshops offered each month allow members of the community to have some on-hands...  Read More

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...  Read More

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
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Although it was not just one night that led patriots to take matters into their own hands to begin a fight for freedom, it was the continued lack of freedoms and representation that brought about the Tea Party. Here, you can relive the catalyst...  Read More

Harvard Museum of Natural History
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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...  Read More

MIT Museum


Kids love to explore, and at the MIT Museum you are invited to do just that. Check out invention, ideas, and innovation at the interactive exhibitions, public programs, experimental projects and its renown collections found at the MIT Museum....  Read More

Museum of Science
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Walk into the Museum of Science 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. Make math fun in...  Read More

Boston Children's Museum
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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...  Read More


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Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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