"The Museum of Science" Museum of Science Tip by sarahandgareth

Museum of Science, Boston: 15 reviews and 18 photos

  Museum of Science from across the Charles
by sarahandgareth

The museum is one of those fabulous places where you're encouraged to touch, push and generally manipulate virtually everything on display. While that might seem like it's just for kids, in fact the exhibits are calibrated equally with accompanying, or un-accompanying, adults in mind.

In a six-hour visit, we felt that we had barely seen half of the museum, with whole chunks left almost entirely unseen, and others only briefly touched on. There's everything from an extensive display on model-making, with an incredible Everest exhibit, to sections focused on animal classification, to an area devoted to mathematics (some of which was a little old-fashioned, but still fun). They have stage shows and little plays - sometimes with very serious themes - as well as opportunities to see some of the animals held by the museum.

We were extremely impressed by the variety on display - and amazed at how quickly a lengthy visit flew by. In an afternoon, we tried a quiz on bacteria and viruses, identified bird-songs, learnt the science behind some magic tricks (a temporary exhibit), read about some extremely clever, and cheap, innovations aimed at providing clean water in third-world countries, saw monkeys and alligators, and played with computer simulations. There are enough stations and activities that even with quite a crowd there, we rarely had to wait to find something to do in a particular section.

Also, while we were there a fire alarm went off: compliments to the staff, who evacuated the building quickly and without panicking anyone!

Address: Science Park, Boston
Directions: The museum appears to hover over the Charles River in the Science Park, about 100 yards from the Science Park T stop.
Phone: (617) 723-2500
Website: http://www.mos.org/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 21, 2003
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