Top Museums in Boston to Visit During Your Trip

Planning a vacation to Boston? Our insiders put together a list of our top Boston museums that you should consider adding to your itinerary.

Boston and its surrounding towns are home to a surplus of museums celebrated throughout the world, offering the best of the city’s rich history, scientific discovery, and contributions to art.

We put together a list of some popular Boston museums that you should consider visiting during your trip.

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  • Museum of Science
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • MIT Museum

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Museum of Science

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Fitting to Boston, the city’s most-visited attraction is a place where science and technology come to life. Over 700 interactive exhibits with hands-on activities offer the opportunity for fun and learning for visitors of all ages.

Verschaffen Sie sich einen nahen Blick auf den ersten Raumkapsel, nehmen Sie einen virtuellen Rundgang durch Acadia National Park, beobachten Blitzschlag direkt vor Ihren Augen, und so vieles mehr!

The museum also features an IMAX Dome, Hayden Planetarium, and the brand new Hall of Human Life. Dine at one of six on-site eating establishments to conclude your visit.

Getting in: Museum of Science tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Museum of Fine Arts

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Die MFA von Boston ist einer der weltweit beeindruckendsten Sammlungen von bebilderten. Die große MFA Gebäude beherbergt mehr als 450 . 000 Kunstwerke aus der ganzen Welt.

The new “Art of the Americas” wing features a spectacular display of 53 galleries dedicated to art from the Pre-Columbian era through the twentieth century.

Sich ständig verändernden temporäre Ausstellungen konzentrieren sich auf spezifische Themen, von Holzskulpturen, um die japanische Tee-Schalen. Boston MFA ist ein must-see Attraktion für Kunstbegeisterte aller Niveaus.

Getting in: Museum of Fine Arts tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Boston Children’s Museum

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Die Boston Kindermuseum ist das zweitälteste Museum für Kinder in der Welt und wurde von einer Gruppe um die Bereitstellung neuer Ressourcen für Lehrer und Schüler, den Austausch von Materialien und Ideen zu weiteren naturwissenschaftlichen Unterricht zu fördern gewidmet gegründet.

Visitors will enjoy engaging hands-on exhibits and learning through experience. Each exhibit focuses on a variety of enriching subjects including science, culture, environmental awareness, health and fitness, and the arts.

Getting in: Boston Children’s Museum tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Institute of Contemporary Art

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For a multi-sensory exploration of cutting-edge art, visit the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

The ICA brings the most significant national and international contemporary art to Boston in its visionary building that boasts a beautiful waterfront view.

Exponate sind für Besucher in den kreativen Prozess durch visuelle Interaktion und künstlerischen Dialog.

The site is also home to a performing arts theater, media center, bookstore, and café all designed to enhance visitors’ appreciation of this landmark building.

Getting in: Institute of Contemporary Art tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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This museum of international art is where the largest art heist in history took place over 20 years ago when several Vermeer and Rembrandt pieces were stolen from it.

Trotz der großen Verlust hat das Museum immer noch viel zu Hause zu einer der umfangreichsten Privatsammlungen zu bieten.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner’s collection includes over 2,500 masterpieces including pieces by Michelangelo, Degas, Sargent, Monet, Botticelli, and more, curated and displayed according to Ms. Gardner’s unique vision.

Zusätzlich zu den großen Kunstwerke findet der Besucher auch genießen Sie die schöne Architektur und venezianischen Stil Hof der Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Getting in: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium

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Walk across a 30-foot bridge that takes you through the ‘world famous,’ three-story, painted glass globe.

You’ll learn all about the fascinating life of Mary baker Eddy, an entrepreneur, teacher, businesswoman, and religious leader. Among the museum’s interactive exhibits and historic artifacts, you’ll get to see a rare 1611 edition of the King James Bible, the Quest Gallery, The Hall of Ideas, and more.

Getting in: Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

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The nation’s memorial to President John F. Kennedy is housed in a magnificent building on a 10-acre waterfront site on Columbia Point.

Twenty-five multimedia exhibits and period settings from the White House will make you feel like you’ve traveled to the early ’60s in the shoes of Kennedy himself.

Setzen Sie sich an JFK Oval Office Schreibtisch, wie Sie einen faszinierenden Bericht über Kennedys Tage im Amt zu entdecken. Panoramablick auf die Skyline von Boston Harbor Islands und machen den Reiz dieses must-see Boston Attraktion.

Getting in: JFK Presidential Library & Museum tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

Edward-M-Kennedy-Institute-for-the-US-Senate-4For those interested in the Senator Kennedy’s legacy or the history of the United States Senate in general, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute is an ideal destination.

A diverse series of special and permanent exhibits awaits visitors to this stellar institution.

One the most popular exhibits is the “Issue of the Day,” which showcases just one of the many issues concerning the U.S. Senate on a given day.

There are also exhibits highlighting the role and history of the Senate, how a bill becomes a law, and a reproduction of Senator Kennedy’s office.

Getting in: Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Discovery starts here with three museums in one: Comparative Zoology, the Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museums combine to form Harvard’s most-visited attraction.

Einige Highlights sind: die 16 . 000 zerstoßen Amethystdruse, die 15 -Fuß langen Faultier, und Dutzende von fossilen angezeigt.

Get ready for a unique learning experience and lots of surprises at this museum, conveniently located on the campus of one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Getting in: Harvard Museum of Natural History tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

MIT Museum

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The best place to interact with some of world’s most cutting edge technology is right where it’s created, at the MIT Museum.

Visitors will enjoy interacting with the unique blend of art, science, and technology; including current research and projects that keeps MIT at the forefront of the industry.

Explore artificial intelligence, robots, holography, and take a look at preserved artifacts and discover a new appreciation for MIT’s role in the history of modern science.

Getting in: MIT Museum tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Salem Witch Museum

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Reisen Sie zurück in 1692 in Salem Dorf, um die Hysterie von dem, was kam, als die berüchtigten Massachusetts "Hexenjagd" bekannt sein, zu erleben.

Entdecken Sie, warum 180 Menschen wurden angeklagt und inhaftiert oder wegen Hexerei geahndet und lernen, wie das Wort "Hexe" entwickelt.

You’ll explore the associations that led to the stereotypical witch perception and visit all of the sites where witches were alleged to have existed.

For a truly haunting experience, explore the museum and historic town at Halloween! Don’t forget to stop in the museum’s store to pick-up some unique souvenirs.

Getting in: Salem Witch Museum tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Peabody Essex Museum

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As one of New England’s largest museums, the Peabody Essex houses one million artifacts of art and culture that span centuries and continents.

The museum dates all the way back to 1799, when sea captains would bring home treasures from exotic lands.

It has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of maritime and oceanic art and artifacts, in addition to African, American, Asian, Native American, and Indian collections.

Inside the museum, you’ll also find special exhibitions, a hands-on education center, an award-winning gift shop, and a café and restaurant. Outside, see numerous parks, period gardens, and historic houses.

Getting in: Peabody Essex Museum tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology

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Besuchen Sie eine der schönsten Sammlungen der menschlichen Kulturgeschichte am Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, eine der ältesten archäologischen und ethnographischen Museen der Welt.

From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, visitors will find a new understanding of cultures from around the world.

Getting in: Peabody Museum of Archaeology tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

The Otis House Museum

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Die Otis House, eingebaut 1796 , Ist der letzte überlebende Villa in Bowdoin Platz in Boston im historischen Stadtviertel West End.

Designed by famed architect Charles Bulfinch for Harrison Gray Otis, a lawyer who served in congress and as mayor of Boston, the Otis House is an excellent representation of classical proportions and the delicate detail of Federal style architecture.

Die Otis House Museum, sorgfältig restauriert, bietet Einblicke in die soziale, Wirtschaft, Familie und die Rolle, die Dienerschaft an der Wende der gespielt 18 Jahrhundert und dient derzeit als Sitz für Historic New England und seine Bibliothek und Archiv.

Getting in: The Otis House Museum tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Paul Revere House

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Visit a National Historic Landmark and the home that once belonged to Paul Revere, a silversmith by trade, and a legendary American hero by reputation.

You’ll get to learn all about Paul Revere, his famous “Midnight Ride,” the rich history of the home itself and various renovations it has undergone over the years, and more.

Getting in: Paul Revere House tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Old State House

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Visit the site of the Boston Massacre, located right in downtown Boston along the Freedom Trail, and learn all about the integral role the Old State House played in the Revolutionary War.

You’ll get to see lots of Revolution-era artifacts, including ammunition for battles, John Hancock’s lavish red velvet coat, and even tea salvaged from the Boston Tea Party, among others.

Getting in: Old State House tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Concord Museum

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Dieses Museum ist das Tor zu Concord bemerkenswerte revolutionären und Literaturgeschichte, die Heimat einer der ältesten und wertvollsten Sammlungen von Americana in der Nation.

On exhibit, you’ll discover one of the lanterns hung in the Old North Church on April 18, 1775, the desk on which Henry D. Thoreau wrote “Walden”, and the studies of American transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sammlungen umfassen auch dekorative Kunst, Möbel, Uhr, Look-Gläser, Textilien und mehr. Für Kolonialgeschichte, das ist das Museum zu besuchen.

Getting in: Concord Museum tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

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The JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their connection to Cape Cod.

Das Museum verfügt über Videos und Fotos überspannt die Jahre 1934 - 1963 und sind so angeordnet, thematisch die dem Besucher einen Einblick in die Verbindung JFK und seine Familie bis zum Kap hatte.

Getting in: JFK Hyannis Museum tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

Fenway Park

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Ok, technically not what you might consider a ‘museum,’ but this is arguably one of Boston’s most important cultural institutions. Plus, a tour of Fenway Park does walk you through some iconic moments of baseball history.

It doesn’t take a baseball fan to appreciate the importance of Fenway Park to not just Boston, but baseball in general. See where Babe Ruth pitched, Ted Williams hit, and Carl Yastrzemski led an amazing career in “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

Getting in: Fenway Park Tour tickets are included on the Go Boston Card All-Inclusive Pass.

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Our list of some of the most popular museums in Boston.

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