Museum of Science – 1 Science Park, Boston MA
What it is: A big, beautiful museum that aims to deepen the public’s relationship with science and technology. There are permanent features as well as temporary exhibits that change every couple of months. The museum also has an IMAX theater, a planetarium, a butterfly garden, and it hosts many public events, presentations and activities throughout the year.
Cost: For the exhibit halls alone admission is: Kids 3-11 $20, Adults $25, Seniors $21. (Check the library for passes that drop the admission price for up to four people a LOT!) Visits to the planetarium, Omni theater, 4-D theater and butterfly garden add $6 to your admission. You can visit just the Omni theater or the planetarium for $8-10 without paying exhibit hall admission.
What to Know: Past the gift shop on your right is the kids Discovery Center with hands-on activities, a play area and an experiment area where a staff member guides parents and kids through a simple but creative and age-appropriate science project. It was confusing because you had to exit the exhibit hall area to get to it. The museum is large so be prepared for a tired kid who might not make it to every feature. We waited until she was three for our visit and she was just old enough to appreciate it.
Parking: The museum garage starts at $10 for the first 30 minutes, and goes up each hour by $2, capping off at $22 for 6+ hours. If you go after 5 p.m. it’s a $10 flat rate.
Verdict: This is a fantastic museum that brings in fascinating temporary exhibits and great hands on features hosted by very enthusiastic people where kids and adults can explore scientific concepts through play. This is a place that is only going to become more fun and engaging as kids get older, right up until they’re old enough to call it lame (not because it is, but because they hate you.)
What’s Nearby: The museum is within walking distance to the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall, and a short drive to Assembly Row where there’s a movie theater, Legoland, food, and shopping. It’s on the Green Line so it’s an easy ride in to downtown Boston from here.