Boston Children's Museum

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308 Congress St.

Price & Hours

$17 for adults and kids 1-15; free for kids 1...
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
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  • 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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Four buildings – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market – constitute Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the oldest being Faneuil Hall. Built in 1742 and now located on the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall has had a long and important history in Massachusetts politics. Samuel Adams once stood here to push for resistance against the British, and abolitionists and suffragists have stood on their soapboxes here. In fact, this is where Jonathan Mayhew famously challenged the Sugar Act of 1764 by proclaiming, "no taxation without representation." Since Mayhew's declaration, the marketplace has expanded to include more than 100 shops and restaurants. 

Some former visitors caution that the items sold at Faneuil Hall Marketplace are a bit overpriced. However, if you're looking to kill some time or snap some great photos, consider strolling through the market's halls. You'll also find various cuisines served in Quincy Market if you're in need of a quick bite. Keep in mind that this market gets crowded quickly (especially on weekends and in the summer), so it's best to visit during a weekday if you don't want to encounter hordes of people. 

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