Boston Children's Museum is a children's museum in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to the education of children. Located on Children's Wharf along the Fort Point Channel, Boston Children's Museum is the second oldest children's museum in the United States. It contains many activities meant to both amuse and educate young children.
The idea for a children's museum in Boston developed in 1909 when several local science teachers founded the Science Teacher's Bureau. One of the Bureau's main goals was to create a museum:
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Noah Hoppe | Feb 19, 2018
This is a great place for elementary aged and early middle school aged kids. There are many exhibits that cater to a wide range of interests. Construction, music, architecture, physical activity, nature are some of the topics kids can learn about. I came here as a kid. The exhibits have been updated but the fun is timeless. There is a neat climbing structure. If you are in Boston with younger kids, add this to your trip.
Jessica Schaefer | Dec 31, 2017
We visited the Boston Children's Museum on a reciprocal membership from our local children's museum. Reciprocal memberships from ACM gets you 50% off which is great. We found local parking for a steal from parking Panda. The museum is packed full of great engaging activities for children, yet with plenty of space to move so even when it is crowded it does not feel overly so. My children range from 21m to 7.5yrs and all happily played until close. The older two greatly enjoyed the shows as well, and they are short enough that it's not too hard on the toddler. If the weather is good bring a picnic and enjoy it right outside, it's a beautiful spot! We did not even finish the museum as my children opted to return to some spots multiple times, it is certainly good for more than one day. The staff is also very helpful and accommodating to all abilities.
Robert Laracuente | Feb 26, 2018
This place is awesome. Kids love it. They can literally stay all day and still complain when it's time to leave. Every exhibit, or I'll call Zone, is brilliant in how it mixes educational and fun value. They are usually well kept, so very very few cases of mal- or non-functioning. These zones are also refreshed every few months or so, so there's always a reason to return and be amazed.
Richard Broer | Dec 31, 2017
A really interesting place to visit for kids. $17 per person inc kids seems a bit pricey but our son loved his time here. Loads to see and do. A few queues but overall it ran smoothly. 3 floors of fun, investigative games, puzzles and activities. Our son was 3 and was perfect. Will visit when next in town.
Kayla Hilkert | Feb 19, 2018
This is a great place to spend a day with kids. Do not go on a holiday if you can help it, when the museum is busy it gets very crowded and chaotic due to everyone's strollers and groups of people everywhere. The museum needs more lockers and it would have been nice to know that you need a quarter to operate them. The coat room is too small and crowded but if you look hard you're able to find some space. Overall the exhibits are pretty cool and the kids that I babysit love it
Ben Roberts | Mar 30, 2018
I have visited a bunch of children's museums on the south shore, and no surprise that Boston has the best. There is way more than you can do in a single day there. There is something for everyone. They are always kept quite clean as the staff do a nice job looping around to areas that need clean up quite often. They change over a few of the rooms seasonally so there is always a new piece. They have some wonderful plays go on from time to time if your kids are older and able to sit still for a long time. Currently there is a Japanese house for slightly older kids where they can see the inside of a traditional Japanese building. If you have kids, this place is a must visit. There is a good range of exhibits for all ages.
Johnny Le | Apr 24, 2018
My first time at this museum and I must say. It's been educational for my daughter. The atmosphere was very nice and energetic. My daughter loves the bubble station. Although, I think they didn't mix the water to soap ratio correctly. There was only one stand that you can actually make bubbles, the others would pop right away. Other then that, it was a blast. I enjoy how they have sectional theme for the kids to see and learn the different toys and you learn about it. It was a little pack when I went on a Saturday so there was a little line to wait for certain stuff you play, i.e the space shuttle, the bubbles, and a lot more. I was there for about 3 hours and there was sell some stuff I haven't explore. Overall, great experience and beautiful scenery surrounding the location for you to hang out and walk on a beautiful day.
Daniel DeForte | Apr 24, 2018
Great place to bring the kiddos, fun for all ages of children. The prices are a bit ridiculous though. Their not high but they also do not tier them. So I'm paying the same price for me, $17, a six year old, $17 and a two year old, $17. That and the lack of parking are really my only issue. Parking you ask, who cares about parking it's in the middle of Boston, Just walk or Uber. Well with really young kids, 6m, 2y, 6y and being from out of town a safe spot to pull up and put the kids in the car is non existent. Not so great. The space is clean, and well organized. They even provide a great space to park your stroller and lockers for you to stash your stuff so your not chasing after your kids with a bunch of junk in your hands so you can really have fun. Provides a bunch of educational and energy expending experiences for the little ones, from a ball room, to a multiple climbing areas and a fun water tables. It really is a blast.
Holly Grimm | Apr 24, 2018
We visited the museum on the Tuesday after the marathon and although it was crowded my son had an awesome time. He loved climbing in the structure in the atrium, played in the science playground for at least an hour and chilled out with the Keva planks on the third floor. The staff members we interacted with were all extremely friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend visiting the Boston Children's Museum with children 3-10.
Will Knapp | Apr 26, 2018
Wonderful way to spend an hour or a whole day with the kids. I hadn't been here in years and was pleasantly surprised how much there was for my 6 and 8 year old boys to explore. You can lose your children in the climbing structure alone for an hour. Highly recommend!
M J | May 31, 2018
Great time with the kids. Many things have stayed the same over they years but enjoyed the robot exhibit and painting with vegetables. Be sure to get your parking validated for discount on parking at the garage. They also had parents night which was open only to parents. We had a lot of fun. Regular kids exhibits available but also had yard pong and speed your pitching as well as corn hole and sold Pizza and beer from a local restaurant. There was also a DJ. Fun different kind of activity!
Marta Dedieu | Jun 22, 2018
One of our favorite places in Boston. Children's Museum has something for kids of every age - from soft surfaces infant only area, through toddler-dedicated room, kindergarten, marketplace, builders space, and let's not forget the bubbles! Older kids will love the dinosaur expo, or the climbing wall. And let's not forget about a traditional Japanese house in the museum! After the visit, parents can buy a souvenir in the Museum's store, from where they can head directly to buy some snack in a casual restaurant place in the same building.
Becky Weber | Jun 23, 2018
We ended up spending all day there. The kids really enjoyed it. It was well maintained and had many things to keep the kids occupied. There are three floors. The first two floors kept the kids more occupied than the third. Plenty of hands on activities and learning opportunities.
Sabrina Klonka | Jul 6, 2018
A fun place to go with your kids on a rainy day. My little girl is 2 and while she had fun we might wait to go back when she's a bit older. There is stuff to do for all ages but I feel like there is a lot more to do for a little older kids. I feel like there were a lot of things my little girl was too small.
Jewelz Phuong Nguyen | Jul 10, 2018
First time going today and although the children's museum has so many things for kids to do in there, the museum itself is beautiful and creative but our experience there was not great. Too many people with their kids all in one space was a wreck for me when a few of them kicked my youngest three year old son in the face and head as he was trying to climb to the top in a climbing tunnel even other places we went around too, there were kids pushing and shoving or not letting other kids have a turn. I was observing my children while trying to play for less than an hour and then that incident had happen to my son. Overall, I left after raising my voice at those kids and I do not plan to come back for the safety of my children.
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