Museums / Monuments

Take a trip back in time with all of the museums and monuments at your fingertips. Boston is a rich center of learning, full of history and timeless stories to uncover. Explore the house of one of Boston's most famous sons. Revive the kid inside at the city’s most playful and imaginative museum. Glimpse into an exciting period of history that has captivated for centuries. Test your analytical skills, or retrace the footsteps of one of America’s most historical trails.

 

  • Children's Museum – Using an interactive concept, this museum focuses on art, culture and science in early childhood development. Develop your child's love of science in Zoon Zone. Foster your budding artist’s creativity in the "no wrong way" art center. Exercise the body and the mind at New Balance Climb. Or go sailing without ever setting foot in the water at Boats Afloat.
  • Freedom Trail – Step back in time when you traverse the Freedom Trail. The 2.5-mile path begins at the Boston Common and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument. Find out who said, "Taxation without representation is tyranny." Decide on whether you want to take a group, private or self-guided tour.
  • John F. Kennedy Museum and Library – No visit to Boston would be complete without a stop dedicated to our 35th president. The I.M. Pei-designed building contains an extensive collection of Kennedy memorabilia. Scan the timeline of JFK’s presidency. Hear the president’s own voice as he recollects his childhood, Naval years and his decision to enter into politics. And reflect on your visit in the park, landscaped using Cape Cod styling. 
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the largest museums in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas.
  • Museum of Science – Over 550 hands-on exhibits are featured here. This museum seeks to advance technology and science as well as support those individuals interested in pursuing both fields. View CAT scan images of a 2500-year-old mummy. Learn more about one of the world’s greatest scientists – Leonardo da Vinci. Build your own robot. Study the weather and much more.
  • Paul Revere House – Mr. Revere holds an esteemed role in the American Revolution. He was dispatched to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British were on their way to arrest them. Retrace his route; though you will want to drive it rather than ride a horse. Then take a peek into each room of this house, built in 1680.
  • Salem Witch Museum – It all started with a doctor's diagnosis of a young girl. Unable to pinpoint her illness, he proclaimed her possessed by the devil. The result of his diagnosis in 1692 ultimately led to the hanging deaths of 19 men and women. Hear how events transpired and take a tour of witchcraft through the ages.
  • The Old North Foundation and Historical Chruch Site - Old North Church, at 193 Salem Street, in the North End of Boston, is the location from which the famous "One if by land, and two if by sea" signal is said to have been sent.
  • USS Constitution Museum - The USS Constitution Museum "serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of "Old Ironsides" and the people associated with her.
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston - The Institute of Contemporary Art is an art museum and exhibition space located in Boston. The museum was founded as the Boston Museum of Modern Art in 1936 with a mission to exhibit contemporary art.

Area Activities

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