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Museum of Science

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.
  • Adult gate price $23.00
  • Child gate price $20.00
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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:

  • A Bird’s World: Take a virtual tour of Acadia National Park and learn about New England’s many bird species and their behavior.
  • Catching the Wind: Discover how turbines transform wind into green energy and watch energy production occur in the Wind Lab, which houses nine wind turbines on the museum’s own roof!
  • 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!
  • To the Moon: This exhibit features full-size models of the Apollo and Mercury space capsules and a graphic timeline documenting space exploration.
  • Seeing is Deceiving: “See” how the human brain has developed shortcuts to help us discern useful from useless information!
  • New England Habitats: Jump into New England’s natural environment with colorful dioramas, and models of birds, antlers, beaks and other touchables!
  • Sun Power: Learn about the world’s largest energy resource and how photovoltaic (solar) cells can be used to convert sunlight into electricity.
  • Nanotechnology: Learn all about the science of the super small in an exhibit that shows you how scientists can manipulate matter on a tiny scale to build materials used for computing, engineering, medicine and so much more!

After your explorations are complete, grab a bite to eat at one of the six dining establishments featured in this museum, or recharge with a Starbucks coffee beverage. The Museum of Science has a “no barriers” approach to exploration, and is naturally wheelchair and stroller accessible.

While the main exhibits provide ample entertainment for a full morning or afternoon, for an extra fee, you may be interested in checking out the Hayden Planetarium- the most technologically advanced digital theater in New England, where you can watch the stars on a state-of-the-art projector. Also available for a fee is access to the well-known Butterfly Hall, or a show inside New England’s only IMAX® Dome screen!

The Museum of Science in Boston is a fascinating arena of hands-on learning and impressive feats of human scientific accomplishment, and it is a “must-see” on any trip to Boston.

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Must See
By Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Florida on
Pros:
Educational, Hands On, Kid friendly
Cons:
Cafe was Closed Fri Nite,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science:

I could have spent all day there! There was SO much to do! I love how hands on everything in the museum was! It was an excellent museum! We saw the Lightning Show, you need to see this show! We went on Friday night (they are opened until 9:00 pm) and it wasn't very crowed. I would recommend doing that, then we went to see a free movie in the park afterwards. The ONLY thing we found disappointing was we planned on eating dinner at the cafe and when we arrived at 5:00 p.m. they were closed! Also, the live animal exhibit was closed for the night. Other then that, everything was opened. :-)

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Interactive & educational museum
By Heidi Verified Reviewer from Belgium on
Pros:
Human body exhibition, Mathematics gallary
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science:

This museum is very educational. You can easily spend a whole day there, you will not get bored. Be aware that during weekdays lot's of schools are attending the museum, so it tend to be crowded. But, the museum is a must see.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

interactive and interesting
By Mandy Verified Reviewer from London Ontario Canada on
Pros:
Interesting, Interactive
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science:

this is very interesting... lots of stuff to do and play with... lots of facts that are shown in interesting displays... a great way to spend an afternoon kids can burn off some energy with the interactive displays...

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Skiping the line is great!
By Love Boston! Verified Reviewer from Québec city, Canada on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science:

Skiping the line with the Go card is great! ou can really save time. This museum is awsome. Plan at least 3 to 4 hours if you want to have time to do everything. You can spend a full day if you want! Very interesting for kids of all ages!

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[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Fun experience for all ages
By bluejay Verified Reviewer from Boston, MA on
Pros:
Tons to Do, FUN FOR ALL AGES
Cons:
Some exhibits are old,
Best Uses:
Entertainment for kids,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science:

The Museum of Science is terrific for all ages. There is a wide variety of interactive exhibits that appeal to everyone. The physics exhibit has fun things for children to do and lots of information for adults. There is a great human body exhibit well, complete with labs for children to do. There is also a variety of live shows and adorable monkeys to watch.

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Awesome experience
By Nirmesh Verified Reviewer from India on
Pros:
Good science display
Best Uses:
Full day
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science:

This was just awesome. I am an engineer and a science buff. May be, becoz of that, I found this museum remarkable. Those who do not have much interest in science, may not find it interesting. Museum is very vast and has 3 wings. I could only see one wing, in a day and there are lots and lots of things to see . Science has been demonstrated in a practical manner as you will find boards with questions and you need to choose right answer depending upon the practical work, stated on the board itself. If you will go through each and every thing thoroughly, there is no way that you can see whole museum in one single day.There is a kids section too. Each infant in itself is an engineer, learning about the world. That is the theme. There were few attendants who were explaining science to the kids . Kids were asked to draw, write or do whatever activity they can, according to their age.They have a separate setup to elaborate height and topography of Mount Everest. Science museum story will remain incomplete, if I will not mention electricity show. They demonstrated use of electricity as well as it's power in a majestic way via show. Lightning and thunder filled the hall while a comparer demonstrated effects of electricity with practical evidences. His jovial and enthusiastic commentary made the show memorable. No extra fee for this show. This happens thrice a day. There are many more shows, held twice or thrice a day, in different wings of museum.There was $5 ticket to see butterflies. Thay have good collection of butterflies.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Not A Museum..More of an Entertainment !
By Omzee from Boston, MA on
Pros:
Live presentations, Omni Theatre-MUST, So much to do personally, Yum Food court, Amazing exhibits, Some thing for every body, Amazing kids area
Cons:
Cant think of any, 3D Theater is odd,
Best Uses:
For all ages, Omni Theater, Lightning presentation,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science:

So much to do, keep at least two days to fit it in the Omni theatre, the various exhibits. Butterfly garden is Not worth the [$]! and Neither is the 3D theatre. However so many exhibits will keep you occupied and going for the entire day. So much interactive things for you and the kids to do ! If your tired relax in the cafe area ! If you have time, get the DUCK TOUR that leaves from the museum, relax in the DUCK and enjoy the rich history of bostoN!

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

They have a ton of stuff to do
By Rob0ny Verified Reviewer from Brookline, MA on
Pros:
Quality exhibits, Something for everyone
Cons:
Entry line can get bad,
Best Uses:
Keeping kids occupied,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Science:

The pace seems to go on forever. They have a lot of great stuff, so kids stay engaged and its not boring for parents either.

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Museum of Science Details

Phone: 617-723-2500 or 617-589-0417 (TTY)
Address
Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
Hours
Go Boston Card is honored Daily; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fridays until 5:30 pm
On occasion the Museum may be open later, but the Go Boston Card is only accepted during these times.
Note
Separately ticketed exhibitions are not included.
Please Note: Go Boston Card is accepted for admission until 5:30 pm. Once inside the Museum, all guests are welcome to stay until closing.
Closings
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Open from 9:00am - 2:00pm Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve.
All hours are subject to change without notice.
Please visit mos.org/hours for the most up-to-date information.
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
Public Transportation
Take the T: Green Line, Lechmere train, to Science Park stop.
Note: Science Park stop is not wheelchair accessible; call the MBTA at617-222-5000 for assistance.

Admission and Offer Information

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Getting In

SKIP THE LINE at the Box Office and proceed straight to entrance adjacentto the Information Desk. Present your admission pass for Exhibit Halls entry. Get in and enjoy!

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