Mar 112014

We recently took a trip into the Museum of Science in Boston with the boys.  It’s one of their favorite places to go because of all the hands-on learning they get to do there.  They think they’re playing, but they’re really learning at the same time!


There are three floors of exhibits, so it’s usually a jam packed day whenever we go there.


As soon as we got there, the boys ran right for the space capsule:


Then it was on to the Electricity Theater. Not only does it have the world’s largest indoor Van de Graaff generator, but there are all sorts of weather and electricity exhibits in that section of the museum.



Honestly, we spent hours at the museum.  There is SO much to do there – more than we could ever see all in one day. While we were there, the boys got to experiment with light:






Yes, even Chris got in on the action.

They played with shadows:





Weights and balance:



We saw some fossils and a life sized T-Rex:




This was a static vs gravity experiment that they LOVED:



These magnetic beads were also a favorite of the day:




We got to see the insides of a human:


We got to see what we looked like in infrared:


They checked out different sound waves and vibrations.





And I just had to share this because I chuckled when I saw it. It’s been at the museum since I was a kid (and that is a long time).


The museum is located at 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114.  You can buy tickets there, but be sure to check your local library for discounted museum passes first.

  104 Responses to “The Museum of Science, Boston”

  1. This is a great place for kids so much to see and hands on activities

  2. Fantastic looked like you all enjoyed it there I would have loved it 😉

    Have a tanfabulous week

  3. I remember taking my kids there when they were younger and they always loved it. It’s such a great museum and I’ve never found anything that compares.

  4. It’s an greatful and interesting museum for kids (I remember when I was 4 years old and stud the first time under a dinosaur skeleton in a museum in Berlin…)
    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  5. Wow we love science museums. Thanks for sharing, hoping to visit during the summer.

  6. This place looks amazing! My boys would love to see the dinosaurs!

  7. We love that museum. We normally hit up the Children’s museum first and then head over to the Science museum.

  8. We have a museum of science about 30 minutes away and loved going there as a good. You totally reminded me of that place and will have to take the girls when they get older now!! 🙂

  9. my girls are teens now, and we still enjoy hands on science museums.

  10. Science museums are so much fun! They were always my favorite field trips when I was in school.

  11. I think we hit that place up when we were in Boston for the marathon a few years ago. Fun!

  12. That is a super cool place. We love science museums!

  13. It does look like a fun and exciting place to visit with kids, seems like you had a great time.

  14. We have COSI (similar) here in Columbus–and the girls and I love it. We get a membership every year as they have so many things going on throughout the seasons. It’s always fun to see sneak peeks like these from other science centers….in case we are ever “in the neighborhood”… 😉

  15. You are reminding me, that another trip to the BSM is in order. Def. a fun place for hands-on activities and yes, they do learn something along the way! (Love that pic. of your little guy with the headset – would make a perfect ad for the museum. 🙂

  16. Such seriously studious faces. 🙂 It does look like a great place to take the kids. I love those electricity balls.

  17. Wow! What a fun museum! I think this looks like it ranks up there with the SF Children’s Museum and the Children’s museum in new york!

  18. That’s a really lovely place to many things to try out 🙂

  19. So fun. In 5th grade I went to the Toronto Science Center and loved it. We want to get our passports and bring the kids, though maybe we’ll take a trip out east:)

  20. This reminds me of the Franklin Institute here in Philadelphia! So much fun for kids and adults!

  21. I remember going there as a kid. It’s such a great little museum and it looks like the kiddos had a blast. Need to take the kids next time we head up that way.

  22. Looks like you had a wonderful time! We have one of those Van de Graff generators at our local science museum. My girls always love making their hair stand on end!

  23. Science museums are awesome for families. Looks like you and your had a great time.

  24. Looks like a wonderful museum! I wonder if it would be worth the effort of going to downtown Los Angeles and visit their science museum again?


  25. We used to live in Boston, and loved that museum. Looks like your kids do, too!

  26. Wow! That looks like a really cool museum. Have a terrific day.

  27. one of my fave places to visit!we really need to head up there soon

  28. Once again something I would love and I know my 2 youngest would adore as would the oldest Gene.. dagnabbit Kentucky really needs to get on the ball with things for families to do together like this.. stomps foot and pouts..

  29. I so love the magnetic beads!! I bet my boys would have hours of fun there!

  30. Wow this looks like such a fun museum. My boys would love to go there. The magnetic beads look very entertaining.

  31. What a fun day! I’m planning to take my son there soon! I’m always worried about it being crowded, it looks like you chose a great day!

  32. I would love to come to Boston and someday and take my boys there. Beatiful pictures and family.cheers

  33. This looks like such a fun place, thanks for sharing. We would totally come and check it out, if we were closer.

  34. Wow, that is one heck of a museum!! That’s where I need to go if I’m ever in Boston – I’m so glad your entire family enjoyed it!

  35. This museum looks awesome. If I am ever in the area I am definitely going to have to take my boys here.

  36. You guys look like crazy aliens in infrared lol. I can see why the boys like going there so much. It certainly looks like a very entertaining museum!

  37. It looks like so much fun! My boys like going to museums like that to. I wish we had one closer to our house.

  38. This museum looks like a lot of fun! My kids always liked science museums.

  39. We used to go there on field trps Haven’t been there in probably 20 years though

    cool pictures looks like they are having fun while learning 🙂

  40. You take the best excursions. I still want to be your kid.

  41. wow such cool fun! And it’s HUGE at being 3-storeys tall. I think you’d need more than a day there 😛

  42. We also went to a science museum this week-end. Glad we have a membership. It is spring break here and so much to do we didn’t get to do everything.

  43. What a great day! We love to visit museums! The light sphere – I love!

  44. I love going to places like this with my kids. We have so much fun!

  45. This place reminds me of our Center of Science and Industry, which also has three floors. We haven’t been in a while, but now I want to go! Hopefully I will get to Boston to visit the Museum there as well.

  46. I’m big on science and would love to visit this museum someday! Looks like there was plenty for the kids to explore!

  47. I have not been here since I was 9! I really need to go back with my kids!

  48. I love the Boston Museum of Science. I have many similar pictures of my own kids doing these same activities. Of course, its a big hike for us to get there so we don’t go nearly as often as we’d like.

  49. My kids love the MOS. They want to go on every school vacation. Sometimes we REALLY splurge and stay at a nearby hotel to extend the trip.

  50. looks great, looks super educational with lots of great hands on activities!

  51. I could play with those coloured magnetic beads All Day!
    that looks like so much fun. I would love to see the gravity vs. static thing. that looks really interesting.

  52. i swear i’ve been there, but regardless i wanna go! it looks awesome!

  53. What a great place to get kids excited about Science. It is great to see them engaged in learning.

  54. the museum is soooo cooolll… I would love to go there 😉
    hi there ..warm regards from Indonesia 🙂

  55. Holy cow, I can’t believe how much there is to do there. Seriously, that’s like a week’s worth of adventure.

  56. Awesome, looks like such a fun place to visit! We have a museum of science here in Chicago, that’s fun too!

  57. I don’t think this museum missed a thing! I really, really want to visit Boston!

  58. Looks Like A Great Time Looks Like The Kids Had Fun!

  59. This looks like so much fun! I wish we had things like this closer to us, but since we live in rural (meaning the middle of nowhere) Idaho, there is nothing 🙁 Thanks for sharing, if we ever make a trip to Boston we will be sure to stop!

  60. WOW! What a great way to let them run loose and explore! I know mine would sure love it!

  61. Looks like there’s lots of fun and educational things to do there!

  62. What a fun, learning experience for you kiddos! We have a Museum of Science in Oak Ridge, TN. We went once a long time ago. It would be fun to revisit someday. Happy WW!

  63. Why don’t we make all schools like this, too?

    Here’s my Wordless Wednesday.

  64. That place looks amazing!!! We went to a Science Museum like this in Lancaster, PA while we were on vacation. The boys had a blast and that’s when they were young. I bet they would love it more if we did it again this summer. 🙂 Though maybe we should check out Boston’s!

  65. I love the Boston Museum of Science. I’ve been going there for years! It’s always fun to see the stuff that’s been there since I was a kid. Of course, there’s lots of new stuff too. Hours of entertainment for sure!

  66. I have never been to the Boston Science museum. I will have check it out during my next visit to the city.

  67. I went to a science museum when I was 8 with school and they had one of the electricity globe things. we all loved it trying to give each other little electric shocks. Really want to take my kids there, they would love it. It was the best school trip that I ever went on

  68. posting again to say that those magnetic beads would be a popular part of the visit for us too!

  69. The 6YO and I LOVE the Boston Museum of Science. It was one of our favorite day trips when we lived in the Boston area. Sniff sniff still miss it, although Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry is pretty great too. But it doesn’t have dinosaurs. (You have to go to the Field for that).

    Have you stumbled upon the Discovery Center yet? It’s a section reserved for the younger set (up to age 8). Your boys might be too old for it, but it was great fun for my daughter and I back in the day.

    My favorite day at the Museum of Science though, was the day The 6YO and I ran around the museum trying to figure out whether dinosaurs had belly buttons.

    Love your blog.

  70. It looks like a great museum!
    When you are in California, if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, take the boys to the restored WWII submarine Pampanito at Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco and the the U.S.S. Hornet, the WWII-era aircraft carrier at Alameda in the East Bay. Pampanito rescued some British and Australian POWs from the South China Sea and Hornet recovered the space capsule for the Apollo Mission. They have the space capsule on the hangar deck of the ship. This Hornet, CV 12, is at Pier 3 at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, the same pier from which its predecessor Hornet CV8 took on the B-25 bombers used in Jimmy Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo in April of 1942. Hornet CV8 was lost the following October in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands. CV12 was under construction and scheduled to be christened Kearsarge, but since the Navy has had a Hornet since the late 1700s, CV12 was renamed Hornet.

  71. Your museum posts are always so awesome. I love the beautiful pictures you share with us. I love taking trips to the museum. The last two I visited are in Virginia.

  72. Love that museum! And I totally miss Boston now.

  73. I’d have a hard time getting Gord outta there!

  74. I use to love taking my kids to places like that. I sure miss it…

  75. That looks like so much fun. I’d love to visit there one day…

  76. This place looks amazing! Both my boys love dinosaurs so they would love that dino exhibit.

  77. It sounds so much fun and educational at the same time.

  78. You go to the most awesome places. Would you adopt me?

  79. This is so cool. Such a great outing for the kids. Fun and educational, can’t beat that! I love the infrared picture. I want one

  80. What a treat to visit such an exciting museum. There is a very similar museum in San Francisco and it is always so fun to visit, even as an adult!

  81. Wow! Looks like there was SO much to do there! Great experience for all of you!

  82. Cool museum! I haven’t ever been to Boston, but am looking forward to going to the Smithsonian in DC at the end of this month for the first time in years.

  83. We have never been to Boston, but we used to visit a similar museum in Birmingham, Alabama. This one looks like lots of fun!

  84. TFS…I hope I can visit it sooon…we will be posted in NY and Boston is definitely in my list…Bo et Obi must be pretty excited :D…

  85. Wow. Looks like they have a lot to offer. I like hands on trips for the kids.

  86. wow my son would flip for this place he is all about science for sure.

  87. I am a nerd at heart & I loved science museums as a kid. I would’ve loved this place!

  88. I love taking my girls to science museums. Not only do they learn something but every time we go, so do I!

  89. My kids love going to children’s museums. Looks like your kids had a blast!

  90. This looks so amazing! It looks like a comprehensive museum that would keep the kids busy for hours. I LOVE the hands on exhibits bc most kids learn best that way.

  91. We love children’s museums! I love dinasour bones too. lol

  92. That is such an awesome museum! My favorite ones are where kids can do all sorts of hands-on activities like that. I think it really helps them remember the lesson.

  93. I truly miss my younger days – we used to go to these type of science museum and its always fun and full of learning.

  94. I am not a science person but I still do love the science museum. It’s fun to see the kids engaged!

  95. I haven’t been there in Eons.

  96. What a cool science museum to visit! Your folks surely had a blast by the looks of their smiling faces. I like that they have a huge t-rex!

  97. Oh my gosh, this place looks cool! I’m going to tell my husband about it. Maybe we’ll plan a trip to Boston and include this!

  98. My son would be all over this one. He loves science. 🙂

  99. There’s an awesome science one in Manhattan and I took the kids too when we lived there. I’ve never been to Boston but have friends and family living there. If I’m ever there I’ll have to check this out!

  100. I love all the hands on exhibits….it’s such a great way to learn! We have a science museum in Dallas very similar to that one and love it.

  101. I love how you keep bringing your kids and us readers to places like these. Fun and educational!

  102. Our family loves science museums and that looks like a pretty fun one to visit!