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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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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