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 in­ter­ac­tive 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.

DREAM­LAND WAX MU­SEUM

Fa­mous his­tor­i­cal faces come alive through the magic of wax and ex­pert crafts­man­ship. Lo­cated near City Hall and Faneuil Hall Mar­ket­place. Open Su-W 10 am-7 pm, Th-Sa 10 am-9 pm. 1 Wash­ing­ton St., 508.400.1712.

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.

HAR­VARD SEMITIC MU­SEUM

Part of the Har­vard Mu­se­ums of Science & Cul­ture, this in­sti­tu­tion houses Har­vard University’s col­lec­tions of Near East­ern arche­o­log­i­cal ar­ti­facts, many that have come from mu­seum-spon­sored ex­ca­va­tions in Is­rael, Jor­dan, Iraq, Egypt, Cyprus, and Tu­nisia. Founded in 1889, the col­lec­tion holds over 40,000 ar­ti­facts that run the gamut from pot­tery and sculp­ture to coins and cu­nei­form tablets, and there are cur­rently five ex­hi­bi­tions on dis­play. Open Su-F 11 am-4 pm. 6 Di­vin­ity Ave., Cam­bridge, 617.495.4631.

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: $10-14, 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.

MU­SEUM OF AFRICAN AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY

New Eng­land’s largest African-Amer­i­can his­tory mu­seum is ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion, con­ser­va­tion and ac­cu­rate in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the con­tri­bu­tions of African Amer­i­cans. Ex­hibits of­fer the sto­ries of lead­ers, ac­tivists and cit­i­zens of this re­gion who have im­pacted his­tory from the Colo­nial pe­riod through the 19th cen­tury. 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 and see how these dis­cov­er­ies and ad­vance­ments have shaped the present. Open M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free ad­mis­sion. Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, 2 North Grove St., 617.724.8009.

PE­ABODY ES­SEX MU­SEUM

Col­lec­tions in­clude Amer­i­can art and ar­chi­tec­ture, mar­itime art and his­tory, Na­tive Amer­i­can art, Asian ex­port, African, Oceanic and con­tem­po­rary art, pho­tog­ra­phy and the fas­ci­nat­ing Yin Yu Tang house. Great hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, tours, con­certs, classes and fam­ily pro­grams. Open Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: Adults $20, se­niors $18, stu­dents (with ID) $12; Free for youth (un­der 16) and Salem res­i­dents (with ID). 161 Es­sex St., Salem, 866.745.1876.

PE­ABODY MU­SEUM OF AR­CHAE­OL­OGY AND ETHNOLOGY

World cul­tures are high­lighted with Na­tive Amer­i­can and Latin Amer­i­can gal­leries. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Day of the Dead” and “The Legacy of Penob­scot Ca­noes,”

On­go­ing. Ad­mis­sion: $8-12. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. 11 Di­vin­ity Ave., Cam­bridge, 617.496.1027.

SALEM WITCH MU­SEUM

This pop­u­lar mu­seum brings the Witch Tri­als of 1692 to life, recre­at­ing the drama of ac­cusers and ac­cused, court pro­ceed­ings and the ex­e­cu­tion of 20 vic­tims. On ex­hibit: “Witches: Evolv­ing Per­cep­tions.” Mul­tilin­gual trans­la­tions avail­able. Ad­mis­sion $9-12, free un­der age 6. Open daily 10 am-5 pm; 10 am-7 pm July & Au­gust. Ex­tended hours in Oc­to­ber. 19 1/2 Wash­ing­ton Square North, Salem, 978.744.1692.

THE WEST END MU­SEUM

This small-scale mu­seum doc­u­ments the his­tory of Bos­ton’s West End, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis placed on the im­mi­grant era from 1880 to 1958, when the neigh­bor­hood was “lost” to ur­ban re­newal. Open Tu-F noon-5 pm, Sa 11 am-4 pm. Free ad­mis­sion. 150 Stan­i­ford St., 617.723.2125.

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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