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The Museum of Science is located in Science Park which straddles the Charles River atop an inactive flood-control barrier at the mouth of the river. It was arguably the first museum in the country dedicated solely to science.

What is now the Museum of Science was established in 1830 as the Boston Society of Natural History. In 1864, the museum purchased and moved into a building in the Back Bay district of Boston and was renamed the New England Museum of Natural History. The museum acquired its current name in 1939.

The building in which the Museum of Science is presently housed was built between 1948 and 1951. The Charles Hayden Planetarium was completed in 1958. The building also underwent major expansions in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Museum of Science is oriented toward families with children. More than 1,000 interactive exhibits and daily live shows covering life sciences and the natural world, technology and engineering, earth and space sciences, nanotechnology and nanomedicine, and current science and technology are designed to teach children and adults about scientific principles.

The museum also boasts the Magar Omni IMAX Theatre (the only domed IMAX screen in New England), the 3-D Digital Cinema, Boston's Computer Museum, and the Charles Hayden Planetarium.

Directions: The Museum of Science is located at 1 Science Park, north of the Financial District.

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  • Updated Aug 16, 2012
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I believe this is the museum we went to with our then-young children in 1981. They loved it, and so did we.

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