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Children's Museum

  • 308 Congress St. Map It
  • Downtown
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 11/12/2013

Fodor's Review

Most children have so much fun here that they don't realize they're actually learning something. Creative hands-on exhibits demonstrate scientific laws, cultural diversity, and problem solving. Some of the most popular stops are also the simplest, like the bubble-making machinery and the two-story climbing maze. At the Japanese House you're invited to take off your shoes and step inside a two-story silk merchant's home from Kyoto. The "Boston Black" exhibit stimulates

dialogue about ethnicity and community, and children can play at a Cape Verdean restaurant and the African Queen Beauty Salon. In the toddler PlaySpace, children under three can run free in a safe environment. There's also a full schedule of special exhibits, festivals, and performances.

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308 Congress St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02210, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $14, Fri. 5–9 $1
  • Sat.–Thurs. 10–5, Fri. 10–9

Updated 11/12/2013


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Mar 5, 2012

Children's Museum Review

My visit to the museum today, was absolutely atrocious!! When I went when I was little it used to be fun, now it was just boring. I took my 3 year old niece today, and the only exhibit she had fun in was the Arthur exhibit, and even then she wanted to leave almost 5 minutes after. Each exhibit we went into after the Arthur one, she walked in and walked right out. I also shouldn't have had to pay $12 for her. I'm absolutely demanding a refund for the

$48 I wasted today on trash. You're climbing thing when you first walk in which is supposed to be fun should have a minimum age on it, she's 3 years old, she got stuck, so no one could climb in and get her because it was to small and adults aren't allowed inside. It was all bumpy when it used to be flat. It is terrible for kids, you shouldn't have a trap area in there which has no exit, there should be exit's at the top, and NOT ABSOLUTELY NOT just an emergency exit!!! I had to wedge myself in there and climb in to save her because she got stuck and scared. There was no staff around, you're staff was absolutely the most unfriendliest group of people I have ever met. If you're going to work with children you need to actually have a personality. There were no staff members in any the exhibits, everything was falling apart, and about 85% of everything was missing. The Japanese exhibit said it was open until 4:30pm, and when I tried to go in there with my niece, they were having a meeting and it said it was closed once you got inside! You need to learn to have these meetings after the museum has closed. I don't get how people waste their money on your terrible supposed enjoyment for children. I don't understand why you would put a sand exhibit and a water exhibit with each other, and then say don't bring the sand into the water area. Are you serious? Someone wasn't thinking when they put that together, obviously. One of the tables of water also had chlorine in it, why would you put chlorine in water that you know children will obviously put in their mouth. There was so much wasted space, the subway was gone, the giant chess set was gone. It was a complete waste of my time. You can't say that it's because she's 3 years old, she is the child who is most easily amused, it shows how terrible you're facility is if she didn't even have fun. Everything you had there I could have done at home for free, nobody was on the 3rd floor. There was supposedly some recycling center and there was none there. Instead of having a man playing a violin, you should have had him watching the children and other exhibits. In the play area, you don't need 5 staff members there all at once, clearly parents will be there too, it's just a social area for your staff members. Actually pay attention and make them do some work. I had a better experience at Au Bon Pain, at least there the staff members actually seemed to care about their customers. I was going to go into the gift shop but I figured why should I even bother wasting my money there if I already had to just waste $48 on tickets. I regret donating the $1 to your terrible membership. My sister went into the gift shop and she said there was nothing there, and it was a waste of money. $15 for a 6 inch doll is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. I understand children are supposed to use their imagination, but if you're going to even think about spending money, you should at least actually have some toys for them to play with that are intact and not broken or missing. Once again it was a waste of my money. It would have been more productive for me to just set my money on fire and throw it in the trash. It was like a field trip in school, on the bus ride there and back was the most fun, everything else was just pointless. Once again, I absolutely demand a refund on the $48 i just threw away for the 4 tickets I had to buy. If you don't, I'll post this review on every single website that I can, and tell everyone I know not to go to The Children's Museum, or support it in any way.

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