Boston Children's Museum

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Key Info

308 Congress St.

Price & Hours

$17 for adults and kids 1-15; free for kids 12 months and younger
Sat-Thurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

With a giant milk bottle statue at the front of the building, it's hard to miss the Boston Children's Museum. Here, hands-on exhibits present a fun and engaging way for kids to learn about various sciences, culture, art and health and wellness, among other subjects. Among the museum's standout exhibits are "Construction Zone," where little ones can learn about and play with kid-sized construction equipment, "Explore-a-Saurus," where kids learn about the science of dinosaurs and fossils, and "Japanese House" – a fully-equipped Japanese house reconstructed in Boston by Japanese carpenters.

Recent visitors praised the variety of engaging exhibits tailored to kids within different age groups, but say it can be extremely crowded on weekends and holidays. To save some money on admissions fees, visit an hour before close Saturday through Thursday or between 5 and 9 p.m. on Fridays. 

You'll find the Boston Children's Museum by Fort Port Channel near the city center. If you're relying on public transportation, the easiest way to reach the museum is via the Silver Line or Red Line. The closest Silver Line station is Courthouse Station, while visitors will find the nearest Red Line station – South Station – about three blocks away. Multiple bus stops and three parking garages are available within walking distance as well. The museum is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Tickets cost $17 per person; travelers with Go Boston Cards receive complimentary admission. An hour before close Saturday through Thursday, ticket prices are half off, and between 5 and 9 p.m. on Fridays, entrance fees are reduced to $1. In addition to the museum's exhibits, you'll find two eateries, restrooms and a gift shop on-site. Check out the property's website to learn more about museum amenities, exhibits and fees.

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