MU­SE­UMS

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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.

MIT MU­SEUM

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.

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