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  • 1. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This lively museum offers an interactive look at the past in a place as close as possible to the actual spot where the Boston Tea Party took...Read More

  • 2. Children's Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The country's second-oldest children's museum has always been ahead of the curve with creative hands-on exhibits, cultural diversity, and problem...Read More

  • 3. Harvard Art Museums

    Harvard Square | Museum/Gallery

    In late 2014, the combined collections of the Busch-Reisinger, Fogg, and Arthur M. Sackler museums were united under one glorious, mostly glass...Read More

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  • 4. Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Harvard Square | Museum/Gallery

    The Harvard Museum of Natural History (which exhibits specimens from the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Herbaria, and the...Read More

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  • 5. Institute of Contemporary Art

    Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a breathtaking cantilevered edifice that juts out over the Boston waterfront, the ICA moved to this site in 2006 as part of a massive...Read More

  • 6. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    The Fenway | Museum/Gallery

    A spirited society woman, Isabella Stewart came in 1860 from New York to marry John Lowell Gardner, one of Boston's leading citizens. "Mrs....Read More

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  • 7. John F. Kennedy Library & Museum

    Dorchester | Museum/Gallery

    The library-museum is both a center for serious scholarship and a focus for Boston's nostalgia for her native son. The stark, white, prowlike...Read More

  • 8. Museum of Fine Arts

    The Fenway | Museum/Gallery

    Count on staying awhile if you have any hope of seeing what's here. Eclecticism and thoroughness, often an incompatible pair, have coexisted...Read More

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  • 9. Museum of Science

    Old West End | Educational Institution

    With 15-foot lightning bolts in the Theater of Electricity and a 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex model, this is just the place to ignite any...Read More

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  • 10. Old State House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This colonial-era landmark has one of the most recognizable facades in Boston, with its State Street gable adorned by a brightly gilded lion...Read More

  • 11. USS Constitution Museum

    Charlestown | Museum/Gallery

    Artifacts pertaining to the USS Constitution are on display—firearms, logs, and instruments. One section takes you step by step through the...Read More

  • 12. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

    Harvard Square | Educational Institution

    This gravity-defying mass of concrete and glass, built in 1963, is the only building in North America designed by the French architect Le Corbusier...Read More

  • 13. Harrison Gray Otis House

    Old West End | House/Mansion/Villa

    If the name sounds familiar, it's because a Beacon Hill home bears the same name. This is the first of three houses built for Harrison Gray...Read More

  • 14. Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    Now headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society, this is one of two Tory-era homes on Brattle Street fully open to the public. The Emerson...Read More

  • 15. John F. Kennedy National Historic Site


    This was the home of the 35th president from his birth on May 29, 1917, until 1921, when the family moved to nearby Naples and Abbottsford streets...Read More

  • 16. List Visual Arts Center

    Kendall Square | Museum/Gallery

    Founded by Albert and Vera List, pioneer collectors of modern art, this MIT center has three galleries showcasing exhibitions of cutting-edge...Read More

  • 17. MIT Museum

    Kendall Square | Museum/Gallery

    A place where art, science, and technology meet, the MIT Museum boasts the world's largest collection of holograms, though young kids may prefer...Read More

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  • 18. Museum of African American History

    Beacon Hill | Museum/Gallery

    Ever since runaway slave Crispus Attucks became one of the famous victims of the Boston Massacre of 1770, the African American community of...Read More

  • 19. Old South Meeting House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This is the second-oldest church building in Boston, and were it not for Longfellow's celebration of the Old North in "Paul Revere's Ride,"...Read More

  • 20. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

    Harvard Square | Museum/Gallery

    With one of the world's outstanding anthropological collections, the Peabody focuses on Native American and Central and South American cultures...Read More

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