Boston Children’s Museum

The Boston Children’s Museum has been bringing delight and wonder to kids for over 100 years. From the moment you step onto the Children’s Wharf and see the expansive building that hovers over the iconic Hood Milk Bottle building, you’ll know you’ve stepped foot into a giant playground that caters to both education and amusement. Inside, you’ll find 16 permanent exhibits, plus a revolving mix of traveling exhibits and programs sure to bring a spark to any child’s eye.

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Why You’ll Have Fun at the Boston Children’s Museum

Get your hands dirty in the Art Studio, where your entire family can experiment with a variety of materials, like clay, paper and paint so you can make your own fine art.

You may remember Marc Brown’s Arthur and Friends books and television show from your early years, and you can pass on the fun of those loveable characters in the Arthur and Friends exhibit. Inside, take a plane ride with Arthur, Binky, D.W. and Buster as your children pick up family values and a love for reading.

Boston is a diverse city, and you can celebrate that in the Boston Black exhibit, where your kids can go grocery shopping in a Dominican store, check out different hairstyles and beauty ideals in the African Queen Beauty Salon, and dance to the beat at Café Sodade.

Get your hard hats ready! Your kids are going to love the Construction Zone exhibit, which gives them a hands-on experience into the world of city design and building. Your child can get more experience with tools in the Johnny’s Workbench exhibit, which will help build their fine motor skills.

The first day of kindergarten can be hard for both kids and their parents, but a stop at the Countdown to Kindergarten exhibit can put your mind at ease. This mock classroom lets your child experience what school will be like, and you can ask questions about the process of enrollment.

A trip to Japan for the entire family might be expensive, but it’s included in the price of admission to the museum! Inside the Japanese House you’ll get a realistic view of a traditional home in Japan.

Get ready to move! In the Kid Power exhibit, you’ll learn all about exercise and nutrition in the most fun way possible. Your children can literally climb the walls, and you don’t have to stop them! Let them work up an appetite for all the healthy foods they’ll learn about. If you’ve still got some energy to burn, heat to the New Balance Climb, the three-story climbable sculpture that looks over the lobby.

If you’ve got a performer on your hands, they’ll love the KidStage. Your child can be the star of the show, or sit back and relax as their sibling takes center stage.

Each week, the museum offers a range of program activities to choose from. Check the event calendar to see what’s happening during your visit.

What Makes the Boston Children’s Museum Unique?

The Boston Children’s Museum is one of the only of its kind to collect historical artwork and ancient relics. The museum has an extensive collection of rare artifacts and beautiful pieces of art that can be found among the exhibits. These historical pieces can perk up any adult looking for a more traditional museum visit.

What Else Is in the Neighborhood?

Right next door, you can go way back in time to the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum. Looking for somewhere to stay? Check out the nearby Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport. Each room is equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette, making family meals easy and affordable.

Who’ll Have the Most Fun at the Boston Children’s Museum?

It’s all in their name – Boston Children’s Museum is geared to entertain young kids, but parents will enjoy watching their brood have a blast! Adults unaccompanied by minors must sign in at the front desk and present a valid photo I.D., like a driver’s license or passport.