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"Museum of Science" Museum of Science Tip by smschley

Museum of Science, Boston: 14 reviews and 14 photos


If you bring your kids or just have any interest in science be sure to stop at the Museum of Science that occupies a compound of buildings that stands north of Mass General on the banks of the Charles River Dam. The demonstrations, experiments, and interactive displays introduce facts and concepts so effortlessly that everyone winds up learning something. Among the 500-plus exhibits, you can see an iguana or a dinosaur, find out how much you'd weigh on the moon, battle urban traffic in a computer model, and climb into a space module.

Some activities and exhibits focus on specific fields of interest, natural history with live animals, computers, the human body, while others take an interdisciplinary approaches. There you can find a 15-foot lightning bolts in the Theater of Electricity and a 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex mode. You can experience activities such as strapping on a skin sensor to measure reactions to stimuli, or sifting through an archaeological site. The emphasis is on hands-on education. For instance, at the "Investigate!" exhibit children explore such scientific principles as gravity by balancing objects. Children can learn the physics behind everyday play activities such as swinging and bumping up and down on a teeter-totter in the "Science in the Park" exhibit. Other displays include "Light House," where you can experiment with color and light, and the perennial favorite, "Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic," which lets kids become paleontologists and examine dinosaur bones, fossils, and tracks.

The Museum of Science includes the IMAX Mugar Omni Theater (PHONE: 617/723-2500), a five-story dome screen. The theater's state-of-the-art sound system provides outstanding acoustics Try to get tickets in advance online or over the phone.

You can also visit the Charles Hayden Planetarium (PHONE: 617/723-2500) for programs on astronomical discoveries; Laser light shows with laser graphics and computer animation. Activates are scheduled Thursday through Sunday evenings.

Directions: Science Park, off O'Brien Hwy. on bridge between Boston and Cambridge. You can get there by "T" on the green line Science Park and walk over the traffic circle on the sky ramp, and then walk about two blocks past the police station.
Phone: 617/723-2500

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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