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  • 1. Boston Children's Museum

    Fort Point Channel | 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

  • 2. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

    Fort Point Channel | Museum/Gallery

    Situated at the Congress Street Bridge near the site of Griffin's Wharf, this lively museum offers an interactive look at the past in a place...Read More

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  • 3. Harvard Art Museums

    Harvard Square | Museum/Gallery

    This is Harvard University's oldest museum and, in late 2014, it became the combined collections of the Busch-Reisinger, Fogg, and Arthur M...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/Boston

    Seaport | Museum/Gallery

    The ICA mounts temporary exhibits by the contemporary art world's brightest talents, as well as curated pieces from its permanent collection...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 Presidential 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. Larz Anderson Auto Museum


    In the late 1800s and early 1900s, wealthy socialites Larz and Isabel Anderson, who lived in Brookline (among other places), started a car collection...Read More

  • 9. Museum of Fine Arts

    The Fenway | Museum/Gallery

    The MFA's collection of approximately 450,000 objects was built from a core of paintings and sculpture from the Boston Athenæum, historical...Read More

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  • 10. Museum of Science

    West End | Educational Institution

    From its perch above the Charles River, the Museum of Science sits half in Cambridge and half in Boston. This unique trait is the first of many...Read More

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  • 11. 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

  • 12. Old State House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 13. USS Constitution Museum

    Charlestown | Museum/Gallery

    With nearly 2,000 artifacts and more than 10,000 archival records pertaining to the USS Constitution on display, exhibits spark excitement...Read More

  • 14. Boston Athenaeum

    Beacon Hill | Library/Archive

    One of the oldest libraries in the country, the Athenæum was founded in 1807 from the seeds sown by the Anthology Club (headed by Ralph Waldo...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Harrison Gray Otis House

    Old West End | Historic Home

    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

  • 17. Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

    Tory Row | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 18. ICA Watershed

    East Boston | Museum/Gallery

    The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston's seasonal outpost first opened in 2018 after renovating a dilapidated former copper pipe facility...Read More

  • 19. MIT 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

  • 20. 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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