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#1 of 26 in Boston
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Category: Art Museums
Owner description: Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections... more » Owner description: Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art. « less
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#2 of 26 in Boston
Category: History Museums; Libraries; Specialty Museums
Owner description: Relive the Kennedy era in this dynamic combination museum and library, where your visit starts with a short film and then... more » Owner description: Relive the Kennedy era in this dynamic combination museum and library, where your visit starts with a short film and then leaves you on your own to explore a series of fascinating exhibits, including the Kennedy-Nixon debate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space program, 1960s campaign paraphernalia and displays about Jacqueline and other Kennedy family members. The striking, I.M. Pei-designed building overlooks the water and the Boston skyline. « less
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#3 of 26 in Boston
Category: Monuments/ Statues; History Museums
Owner description: The six glass towers of this striking memorial serve to represent the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, six... more » Owner description: The six glass towers of this striking memorial serve to represent the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, six main Nazi death camps and the candles on a menorah. « less
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#4 of 26 in Boston
Category: History Museums; Ships
Owner description: At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, you can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American... more » Owner description: At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, you can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American History! It’s more than a stroll through historic artifacts – it’s an adventure! Located on the Congress Street Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, this floating museum is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Live actors, high-tech, interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships and the stirring, multi-sensory documentary “Let it Begin Here,” are just a taste of what you’ll see, hear and feel. Meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night of December 16, 1773. Stop in at Abigail’s Tea Room for teatime and visit the Gift Shop for special souvenirs. It’s educational, entertaining and enlightening — an experience not to be missed by adults and children of all ages. Your tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will last approximately one hour and will take you through a variety of displays that are interconnected. The tour is designed to give you the opportunity to participate, explore and learn about the people, events and consequences that led up to the American Revolution in the order in which they actually occurred more than 230 years ago. « less
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#5 of 26 in Boston
Category: Ships; Historic Sites; Specialty Museums; History Museums
Owner description: At the USS Constitution Museum you don't just learn about history, you EXPERIENCE it! Furl a a sail, fire a cannon, and... more » Owner description: At the USS Constitution Museum you don't just learn about history, you EXPERIENCE it! Furl a a sail, fire a cannon, and scrub the decks to learn what life was like at sea over 200 years ago. Stop in the NEW "Old Ironsides Discovery Center" to learn the causes and consequences of the War of 1812 and how the ship earned her famous nickname "Old Ironsides." Fun for all ages, admission is simply by donation! Located across from the ship in the historic Boston National Park, Charlestown Navy Yard. Open Daily. The Museum is private non-profit Museum. « less
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#6 of 26 in Boston
Category: Science Museums
Owner description: Spend a couple of hours or the whole day at this hands-on museum that has something exciting for everyone. Touch a lizard,... more » Owner description: Spend a couple of hours or the whole day at this hands-on museum that has something exciting for everyone. Touch a lizard, watch chickens hatching, see lightning being created and enjoy hundreds of other exhibits, where you can't help but learn something new about science and technology. Hold onto the edge of your seat at the IMAX movie theater, which costs extra. « less
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#7 of 26 in Boston
Category: Children's Museums
Owner description: Highlights of this interactive museum include the "Science Playground," featuring giant soap bubble-making tools and the "New... more » Owner description: Highlights of this interactive museum include the "Science Playground," featuring giant soap bubble-making tools and the "New Balance Climb," which teaches kids the laws of physics while navigating through a two-story-high maze. « less
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#8 of 26 in Boston
Category: Art Museums; Gardens

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the Fenway area of Boston features a fine art collection housed in a building that is a work of art in itself.  The Venetian-style palace is... more »

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#9 of 26 in Boston
Category: Historic Sites; Specialty Museums
Located on historic Beacon Street, this museum is housed in a 1859 Boston brownstone with Victorian furnishings.
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#10 of 26 in Boston
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Discover one of Boston’s hidden cultural treasures: The Mapparium! This world-famous, three-story globe is one of the key... more » Owner description: Discover one of Boston’s hidden cultural treasures: The Mapparium! This world-famous, three-story globe is one of the key attractions at The Mary Baker Eddy Library and has been visited by more than 10 million people since it was constructed in 1935. Brilliant colors and lights track global shifts over the past century as a rich orchestration of words, inspiring quotes, music, and LED lights illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world. « less
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#11 of 26 in Boston
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: The Nichols House Museum's mission is: To preserve and interpret the 1804 townhouse that was from 1885 until 1960 the home of... more » Owner description: The Nichols House Museum's mission is: To preserve and interpret the 1804 townhouse that was from 1885 until 1960 the home of Rose Standish Nichols, landscape gardener, suffragist and pacifist. The house was built by Jonathan Mason and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. The museum educates visitors by providing a unique glimpse into the domestic life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on Boston's historic Beacon Hill. « less
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#12 of 26 in Boston
Category: History Museums; Museums
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#13 of 26 in Boston
Category: Breweries; Museums
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#14 of 26 in Boston
Category: Museums
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#15 of 26 in Boston
Category: Museums
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#16 of 26 in Boston
Category: Art Museums
This museum features cutting-edge contemporary painting, sculpture, architecture, film and photography.
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#17 of 26 in Boston
Category: History Museums; Libraries
Owner description: This library preserves historical and legal records of Massachusetts for its citizens. The museum offers formal exhibits... more » Owner description: This library preserves historical and legal records of Massachusetts for its citizens. The museum offers formal exhibits showcasing its artifacts. « less
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#19 of 26 in Boston
Category: Art Galleries
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#20 of 26 in Boston
Category: History Museums
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#22 of 26 in Boston
Category: Museums
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#24 of 26 in Boston
Category: History Museums
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#25 of 26 in Boston
Category: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Fun for the entire family, this museum highlights New England's athletes and teams through video footage, memorabilia and... more » Owner description: Fun for the entire family, this museum highlights New England's athletes and teams through video footage, memorabilia and interactive exhibits. « less
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#26 of 26 in Boston
Category: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: The Observatory offers a public viewing night for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and... more » Owner description: The Observatory offers a public viewing night for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well. The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. It is open to everyone. Starting times are 7:30pm during the fall and winter, and 8:30pm during the spring and summer. The program lasts about an hour. « less
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