Disclosure: I’ve received complimentary admission to the museum, but have also have paid for admission many, many times. All opinions are my own.
The Boston Museum of Science, which is located right on the Cambridge/Boston border, offers something for kids of just about every age. Whether you live in the New England area, or are planning a trip to Boston with kids, it’s absolutely worth a visit. Here’s our review, as well as everything that you need to know about the Boston Museum of Science.
The Boston Museum of Science is located right on the Charles River, between Boston and Cambridge. There’s a parking garage available for guests of the museum, although it is expensive. If you’d like to take public transportation, you can take the D branch of the T’s Green Line to the Science Park stop.
Tickets at the Boston Museum of Science
Tickets for the Boston Museum of Science can be purchased online or at the door. When you purchase your tickets, you can get just tickets for the exhibit halls, or add on anything extra – including the Imax Theater, the Butterfly Exhibit, the Planetarium, or the 4D theater. On occasion, you may also need to purchase a separate ticket for traveling exhibits. If you are local to the area and think you may visit a few times in one year, a membership may be the better option.
When you purchase tickets to the Boston Museum of Science, you’ll also get a schedule of current shows and presentations. I always try to plan my day around these presentations, as well as any special show tickets I’ve bought.
Exhibit Halls of the Boston Museum of Science
As you head into the museum, you’ll find that there are three wings to the museum. The red wing is located along the front of the museum, and contains the Imax theater, the Planetarium, the gift shop, and the restaurant. There’s also a coat room, as well as room for traveling exhibits. We usually visit that second last, before we head home.
The green wing is to your left as you walk in. It contains the animal and biology exhibits, as well as a small area for the live animal shows. The Hall of Human Life is the highlight here – you’ll definitely spend plenty of time there.
The blue wing, toward the right, is the largest. It contains some of the exhibits that the museum is known for, including the Theater of Electricity. Mathworks, Science in the Park, and the Light House. My kids, and the kids I’ve chaperoned on field trips, always head right first.
Extras at the Boston Museum of Science
Extras include tickets to the Imax Theater, the Planetarium, the 4D movie theater, and the Butterfly Garden. While you can definitely get tickets to everything, I’d recommend choosing one or two shows and/or maybe the Butterfly Garden. You’ll want to spend time at the exhibit halls, so don’t plan too much.
Amenities at the Boston Museum of Science
Since you’re likely to spend much of your day at the museum, you may want to eat there. The Riverview Cafe, located on the first floor in the red wing, offers lots of options, including Taqueria Mexican Kitchen, a grill, a salad bar, and Puck’s (by Wolfgang Puck). It’s a pretty big space, but it does get crowded, so it’s best to eat before the lunch rush or after. There’s also a fabulous gift shop offered lots of great science gifts.
The Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
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