BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Kick off a visit to this youngster-friendly museum by scaling the giant, three-story New Balance Foundation Climb. Kids engage in interactive and educational displays; exhibits include “Arthur and Friends” and “Our Green Trail.” Open Sa-Th 10 am-5 pm, F 10 am-9 pm. Admission: $16. 308 Congress St., 617.426.6500.
BOSTON TEA PARTY SHIPS & MUSEUM
Live actors, tea-tossing reenactments, high-tech interac- tive exhibits, a film and three authentically restored tea ships tell the full story of the Boston Tea Party and its aftermath. Guided tours every 30 minutes, daily 10 am-4 pm. Tickets: $18-28. 306 Congress St., 866.955.0667.
EDWARD M. KENNEDY INSTITUTE FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute offers a dynamic, interactive experience in democracy. Visit a full-scale representation of the United States Senate Chamber and see a replica of Senator Kennedy’s Washington office. Open Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. Admission: $8-16. Columbia Point, 210 Morrissey Blvd., 617.740.7000.
HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Offers a look at fascinating objects, including meteorites, 1,500 mammal and bird specimens, and the a dazzling collection of 3,000 glass flowers and plants. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Admission: $8-12. 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, 617.495.3045.
JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
Dedicated to JFK and the legacy of Camelot, spotlighting such subjects as JFK as a child, the 1960 campaign, Vietnam, the Peace Corps, and civil rights. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Admission: $1014, free ages 12 and under. Columbia Point, 617.514.1600
THE MARY BAKER EDDY LIBRARY
Explore achievements of Mary Baker Eddy, 19th-century writer, teacher and businesswoman who founded the Christian Science religion, The Church of Christ, Scientist, and the newspaper The Christian Science Monitor. Admission: $4-6. Open Tu-Su 10 am-4 pm. 200 Massachusetts Ave., 617.450.7000.
This microcosm of scientific strides attracts visitors from around the world. Exhibitions focus on subjects like emerging technologies and gestural sculptures. Exhibits include: “Images of Discovery: Communicating Science through Photography,”
through Aug. 31. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Admission: $510. 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617.253.5927.
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
New England’s largest African-American history museum. This month: “Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century,” through
July. Open M-Sa 10 am-4 pm. Admission by donation. 46 Joy St., 617.725.0022.
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
A compelling technology and science-based destination. Permanent exhibits study the weather, mathematics, space, the human body and other “minds-on” topics. Admission: $20-25. Open Sa-Th 9 am-5 pm, F 9 am-9 pm. 1 Science Park, 617.723.2500.
MUSEUM OF THE ANCIENT AND HONORABLE ARTILLERY COMPANY OF MASSACHUSETTS
Chartered in 1638 as the New World’s first organized military. Headquarters have been in Faneuil Hall since 1746. Today, the space is a museum featuring artifacts from every war America has been a part of. Open M-F 9 am-3:30 pm. Faneuil Hall, 617.227.1638.
PAUL S. RUSSELL, MD MUSEUM OF MEDICAL HISTORY AND INNOVATION
This medical museum tells the rich story of Massachusetts General Hospital’s two centuries of history. Learn about the hospital’s important contributions to the medical field. Open M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free admission. Massachusetts General Hospital, 2 North Grove St., 617.724.8009.
THE PEABODY MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOLOGY
Offers collections of human cultural history from Africa to Europe and South America. Exhibits include: “Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons Across Cultures,” through 2017.” Admission: $8-12. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, 617.496.1027.
THE USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM
Located beside where Old Ironsides is berthed, the museum teaches about the historic warship named by George Washington. Suggested $3-10 donation. Open daily 9 am-6 pm. Charlestown Navy Yard, 617.426.1812.