Museum of Science
Unleash your inner nerd.
The Museum of Science showcases the wonders of our universe with interactive exhibits on a range of topics, from the Hall of Human Health to “Cosmic Light.” With nearly 700 exhibits, a five-story dome Omnimax theater, laser shows, and a planetarium, there’s a reason this top Boston attraction draws more than 1.5 million visitors each year and is one of the best things to do in Boston with kids.
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Best things to see at Museum of Science
At Investigate!, watch live science demonstrations and find out what you would weigh on the moon. At the Planetarium, you’ll be amazed by the captivating star show with programs on everything from space mysteries to black holes. Laser shows featuring rock recordings of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are popular among students.
Other notable exhibits include a Butterfly Garden and Lightning Show, though they change frequently; check at the front desk for the latest information. Customized sound effects greet pedestrians as they enter specific rooms: the animal exhibits are characterized by roars, the computer exhibit by electronic beeping, and the mathematics and physics exhibits by the sound of a nerd being given an atomic wedgie.
The Mugar Omni Theater is home to a five-story-tall IMAX dome screen. The film lineup regularly features educational and scientific films. Separate tickets are required for entry and can be purchased ahead of your visit or at the front desk.
Museum of Science directions and parking
Best way to get to the Museum of Science
Getting to the Boston Museum of Science is easy via public transportation. Take the MBTA’s Green Line to Science Park station. You should take the “E” train, in the direction of Lechmere. Then, just walk across O’Brien Highway to the museum.
Best parking near the Museum of Science
When you’ve got a family anxious to explore the Boston Museum of Science, the last thing you want to do is spend hours finding a convenient parking space – and one that won’t blow your budget. Not to worry. We took a look at what fellow travelers and locals have to say about parking near the Museum of Natural Science: best bets are the Museum of Science Parking Garage or the Cambridgeside Galleria.
Museum of Science FAQs
Are backpacks allowed?
They do allow backpacks at the Museum of Science. In addition, they offer lockers for a small fee on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Do I need separate tickets for my kids?
Children under age 3 can enter for free. The Museum of Science offers a child rate for kids age 3-11. Ages 12+ will need an adult ticket.
Can I bring a stroller?
Stroller parking is available throughout the Museum of Science. Some exhibits like the Discovery Center restrict strollers but offer adjacent parking. The museum has four elevators located throughout the museum.
Can I bring food into the Museum of Science?
Yes, you can bring food into the Museum of Science. Food is not allowed in the Exhibit Halls but may be consumed outside of the exhibits. The Museum of Science also has a full cafeteria for use during museum hours.