Watch real chicks hatch before your eyes, witness lightning (safely!) and take an up-close look at the first space capsule. This world-renowned science museum is a thrilling way to spend an afternoon or an entire day.
Science and technology come alive at the Museum of Science in Boston! Enjoy several hours at this Boston institution, with access to all of the museum’s main exhibit halls. Experience the power of discovery through more than 700 interactive exhibits that feature interactive and hands-on adventures for visitors of any age. Families with children aged eight or younger can visit the Discovery Center for an in-depth exploration of science topics through the fun of play. The Boston Museum of Science has something for anyone who is open to learning, and its location makes it ideal for a visit when you’re next in Beantown! Put your thinking cap on and get ready to work your way through a factory-sized museum where scientific magic happens and visitors become scientists and explorers for the day!
Here’s a look at some of the most exciting and enlightening exhibits waiting for you at the Museum of Science:
- Hall of Human Life: Step inside the Hall of Human Life, the Museum's new biology exhibition, and encounter such far-reaching questions on an amazing journey inside the human body. Spanning more than 70 interactive components, the exhibition will revolutionize how you engage with your biology and manage your health.
- Theater of Electricity: Indoor bolts produced by the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator spark exciting explorations of lightning, conductors, insulators, electricity, magnetism, and storm safety.
- Charles Hayden Planetarium: The Charles Hayden Planetarium is the most technologically advanced digital theater in New England. Powered by superior full-dome video and audio systems and a state-of-the-art Zeiss Starmaster projector, this facility brilliantly showcases a variety of engaging shows, including the Museum's newest original production, Inside NASA: From Dream to Discovery. We also invite you to participate in seasonal Friday evening astronomy activities, which may include stargazing in the Museum's Gilliland Observatory on clear nights.
- Mugar Omni Theater: In the Mugar Omni Theater, the world's largest film format is projected onto a five-story-tall IMAX® Dome screen. It wraps audiences in larger-than-life images of flora, fauna, and faraway places. A state-of-the-art digital sound system completes the immersion effect.
- 4-D Theater: Our new 4-D Theater experience combines the visually captivating high-definition capabilities of a 3-D film with in-theater special effects such as wind and snow. This multi-sensory experience complements your Museum visit by providing fun, family-friendly, engaging, and immersive film content.
- Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff: View a 65-million-year-old fossil that was unearthed in the Dakota Badlands in 2004. It is one of only four nearly-complete Triceratops on public display in the world!
- Butterfly Garden: Walk among the free-flying residents of this warm conservatory filled with exotic plants. Overlooking the Charles River, this tropical oasis offers a wonderful opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from New England and across the globe.
- Live Animal Center: Visit this viewing area for a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the animals that star in Museum exhibits, Live Animal presentations, and Traveling Programs. The Live Animal Care Center is home to approximately 120 animals, representing more than 50 species. The Museum of Science, Boston is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution.
About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces almost 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof and is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in museums and schools nationwide through its National Center for Technological Literacy®.