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Boston Museum of Science

Boston Museum of Science

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About the Boston Museum of Science

The Boston Museum of Science offers an intriguing adventure for you and your children. The museum boasts a wide variety of exhibits in many scientific fields, ranging from astronomy and technology to natural history and biology.

With their Planetarium, IMax Theater, 3-D digital theater, and simulator experiences, the museum can entertain children of all ages and their parents.

Fun fact: Half of the museum is located in Boston and half of the museum is located in Cambridge. Isn’t science fun?

Boston Museum of Science

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Boston Museum of Science Exhibits

For those eight and under, the Discovery Center in the museum gives them an opportunity to experience science in a hands-on, interactive, fun environment.

The Discovery Center has something for all children like exhibits in the live animal viewing center, “Natural Mysteries” area, and “Beyond the X-Ray.” Children will be energized and engaged for the whole day.

Animal enthusiasts should pop into “A Bird’s World,” an exhibition that showcases every kind of bird found in New England.

If you prefer your specimens to be a little more extinct, check out Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic, a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils and life-sized recreations based on real skeletons.

Round off the experience by visiting the museum’s Hall of Human Life, where through a series of over 70 interactive modules, guests can take a journey into the biology of one of the most unique animals of all—themselves.

Riverview Cafe and Gift Shop

After perusing the various exhibits and activities around the museum, you can relax and grab a bite with the children at the Riverview Café, the museum’s eatery.

Families can take a load, off, have some delicious food catered by Wolfgang Puck, and enjoy the amazing views of Boston, Cambridge, and the Charles River.

Upon leaving, families can stop by the gift shop, located right across from the Riverview Café, and pick up souvenirs to remember their time at the museum.

IMAX Theater

The Mugar Omni IMAX Theater, complete with a five-story movie screen and digital sound system, provides museum guests with a unique way to immerse themselves in films about plants, animals, and exotic locations.

Hayden Planetarium

The Charles Hayden Planetarium offers a unique viewing experience. This dome-shaped theater projects a universe of information right over your head, exploring everything from astronomy to the search for life on other planets. But wait, there’s more!

For all the rock n’ roll fans out there, experience your favorite classics in a new way by attending a laser show. Housed in the planetarium, this unique viewing experience sets the music of artists such as Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin against a backdrop of astounding light displays.

Live demonstrations

In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum of Science also boasts a number of live demonstrations, temporary exhibits, and film screenings that are guaranteed to enhance your experience.

Lightning! is a crowd-pleasing presentation, guaranteed to shock and amaze. It explores the science of electricity, magnetism, and thunderstorms through the generation of indoor bolts.

While entirely safe, it is a little loud, so come prepared to cover your ears. Catch a live animal demonstration, hosted by the Museum’s Live Animal Care Center and informative on all things critter.

The Museum is home to over 120 animals, arranged into 50 different species, and every demonstration provides an in-depth look at one of these furry, scaly, or feathered specimens.

How better to learn about the behaviors and adaptation methods of a porcupine than while watching a live one amble around onstage? Make sure to call for the museum’s daily schedule and for demonstration times so you can plan accordingly.

Boston Museum of Science Hours

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Thursday (Exhibit Halls)
9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays (Exhibit Halls)

The Discovery Center is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and until 7:30 on Friday nights. The exhibit halls in the museum are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays. The museum’s parking garage fits 850 cars on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Video sneak peak at the Boston Museum of Science

Boston Museum of Science Map and Directions

The museum is located at 1 Science Park in Boston, MA. It is easily accessible on the green line of the MBTA, or parking is available. It is located very close to Cambridge’s East Cambridge (and Lechmere) neighborhood!

   

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