Museum of Science

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1 Science Park

Price & Hours

$25 for adults; $20 for kids 3 and older
Sat-Thurs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you're traveling with young ones in tow, be sure to swing by the Museum of Science. Here, kids can learn about astronomy, earth sciences and anatomy, not to mention participate in some fun interactive exhibits. Budding scientists can examine dinosaur fossils in the "Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic" exhibit or play on swings to learn about physics in "Science in the Park." The museum also features the Charles Hayden Planetarium, where you can indulge your inner astronaut during light shows. Meanwhile, at the Mugar Omni Theater, you'll feel like you're actually in the IMAX film thanks to its cutting-edge sound technology and five-story-high projection screen. 

Although the museum is very kid-focused, past visitors said that young-at-heart adults will get a kick out of the museum's engaging displays and shows. Though most travelers spend about half a day exploring the museum, you could easily allocate an entire day to this attraction. Also, remember that separate tickets (which cost extra) are needed for some museum features, such as IMAX films, planetarium shows, motion simulator roller coaster rides and the butterfly garden exhibit. 

You'll find the Museum of Science located just past the Charles River's Craigie Drawbridge between East Cambridge and the West End. To reach the museum, take the Green Line and hop off at the Science Park subway station. You can also park in the museum's parking garage for a fee. General admission costs $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 3 to 11 and includes access to most of the property's exhibits, a cafe, a gift shop and restrooms. (Entrance fees are covered for visitors with CityPASS tickets or Go Boston Cards.) An additional $6 applies for select museum offerings when you've purchased a museum ticket, or you can skip the museum and only visit the planetarium or IMAX theater for $8 to $10. The museum welcomes visitors Saturday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, consult the museum's website.

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#1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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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