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» Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Museum , Boston
Attraction type: History museum

» Boston Public Library , Boston
On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America. Call 617-536-5400 for more information.
Attraction type: Library; Art museum; Other

» Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum , Boston
Visitors to this replica of the famous ship can participate in a reenactment of the famous revolt protesting "taxation without representation." (Please note: Due to a fire, the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum is undergoing renovations and is currently closed.) Call 617-338-1773 for more information
Attraction type: History museum; Ship

» Children's Museum , Boston
Highlights of this interactive museum include the "Science Playground," featuring giant soap bubble-making tools and the "New Balance Climb," which teaches kids the laws of physics while navigating through a two-story-high maze. Call 617-426-8855 for information. Attraction type: Children's museum

» Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum , Boston
Attraction type: Art museum

» Dreams of Freedom Boston's Immigration Museum , Boston
Attraction type: History museum

» French Library and Cultural Center , Boston
Attraction type: Library

» Gibson House Museum , Boston
Located on historic Beacon Street, this museum is housed in a 1859 Boston brownstone with Victorian furnishings.
Attraction type: Specialty museum

» Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge. Call 617-495-2341.

» Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum , Boston
A Venetian palace in the middle of Boston, Gardner's home is now a museum displaying her impressive, eclectic collection of European, American and Asian art, including sculpture, paintings, furniture, ceramics and textiles. Visitors can stroll or rest in a spectacular skylit courtyard filled with plants and flowers.
Attraction type: Art museum

» John F. Kennedy Museum and Library , Boston
Relive the Kennedy era in this dynamic combination museum and library, where your visit starts with a short film and then leaves you on your own to explore a series of fascinating exhibits, including the Kennedy-Nixon debate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space program, 1960s campaign paraphernalia and displays about Jacqueline and other Kennedy family members. The striking, I.M. Pei-designed building overlooks the water and the Boston skyline. Call 1-877-616-4599 for information
Attraction type: Library; History museum; Specialty museum

» Mapparium , Boston
Get a bird's eye view of the earth with this thirty-foot stained-glass globe that provides an "inside view" of the world.
Attraction type: Specialty museum

» Mary Baker Eddy Library , Boston
Attraction type: Library

» Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum , Boston
This library preserves historical and legal records of Massachusetts for its citizens. The museum offers formal exhibits showcasing its artifacts.
Attraction type: Library; History museum

» MIT's Robots and Beyond . Take a multimedia excursion into the world of artificial intelligence at. Located in Cambridge, admission to this museum is $2 with your Terrier Card. For information call 617-253-4444.

» Mugar Library , Boston
Attraction type: Library

» Museum of Afro-American History . A great place to visit. From there, take a guided tour of the Black Heritage Trail. Admission is free. For information call 617-739-1200 or visit www.afroammuseum.org .

» Museum of Boston History , Boston
Housed in the Old State House building, this museum offers visitors a look at items from Boston history.
Attraction type: History museum

Museum of Dirt , Boston
Call 617-585-7000 for more information. Attraction type: Specialty museum

» Museum of Fine Arts , Boston
Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art. 617-267-9300
Attraction type: Art museum; Other

» Museum of Science , Boston
Spend a couple of hours or the whole day at this hands-on museum that has something exciting for everyone. Touch a lizard, watch chickens hatching, see lightning being created and enjoy hundreds of other exhibits, where you can't help but learn something new about science and technology. Hold onto the edge of your seat at the IMAX movie theater, which costs extra. Stay for an IMAX film at the Mugar Omni Theater.

» Sports Museum of New England , Boston
Fun for the entire family, this museum highlights New England's athletes and teams through video footage, memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Call 617-787-7678 for more information.
Attraction type: Sports museum

» The Institute of Contemporary Art , Boston
Housed in a 19th-century police station, this museum features cutting-edge contemporary painting, sculpture, architecture, film and photography.
Attraction type: Art museum; Other

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