The finest university in the world also has some of the finest museums. Hot Deal: free with Harvard ID!
Boston Area Museums
Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum currently closed for renovations; scheduled to reopen in Summer 2007.
Boston Children's Museum founded in 1913, the BCM exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. As an early museum experience for children, our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious. We want children to grow up feeling secure and self-confident with respect for others and the natural world. We encourage imagination, curiosity, questioning, and realism. We provide opportunities for new insights, involvement with the world and understanding of human differences with world-class exhibits and programs. Cost: Adults $9, Kids (2-15) $7.
Davis Museum and Cultural Center currently closed; scheduled to reopen Spring 2007. is located at Wellesley College and is characterized by collections that span global history from Ancient times to yesterday. With masterpieces from almost every continent, with collections installed in one of this country’s most significant examples of museum architecture, and with a rotating series of temporary exhibitions that challenge our understanding of history and the role of the arts in society, the museum provides an exciting environment to see, hear, experience and learn about the visual arts. Hot Deal: free admission!
House of Seven Gables (Salem) built in 1668, the House is a colonial mansion and namesake of the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel. Hawthorne's birth home is located adjacent to the House and is included in the admission fee. Cost: $12.
Institute of Contemporary Art was established in 1936, the Institute is currently closed, but set to reopen September 17, 2006.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Isabella Stewart Gardner first welcomed visitors to her museum on New Year's Day, 1903. On that evening guests listened to the music of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, gazed in wonder at the courtyard full of flowers, and viewed one of the nation's finest collections of art. Today, visitors experience much the same thing. The Gardner Museum has remained essentially unchanged since its founder's death in 1924. Unchanged but certainly not stagnant. Three floors of galleries surround a garden courtyard blooming with life in all seasons. Hot Deal: $5 tix with Harvard ID; if your first name is Isabella admission is always free!
JFK National Historic Site preserves the birthplace of 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Brookline. Cost: $3.
JFK Presidential Museum & Library is the presidential library and museum of the 35th President of the United States, and was designed by the architect I.M. Pei. The building is the official repository for original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration. Hot Deal: $8 tix with Harvard ID!
Mary Baker Eddy Library The Mary Baker Eddy Library opened in 2002 as a place for people to explore the life, ideas, and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) who founded the Christian Scientist movement; the Library was established as a non-religious, cultural and historical institution, this world-class Library and museum provides educational experiences, programs, and exhibits. Hot Deal: $4 with Harvard ID!
MIT Museum The MIT Museum is a place that explores invention, ideas, and innovation. Home to renowned collections in science and technology, holography, architecture and design, nautical engineering and history, the Museum features changing and ongoing exhibitions, unique hands-on activities, and engaging public programs. Cost: $5.
Museum of Afro-American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century. Cost: suggested $5 donation.
Museum of Bad Art "Art too bad to be ignored!" The MOBA is the world's only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms. Super Hot Deal: Bad Art for FREE!!!
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) opened in 1876 in Copley Square, the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. The MFA welcomes more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs. Hot Deal: free admission with Harvard ID!
Museum of Science The Museum of Science is New England's most visited cultural institution with over 1.5 million visitors a year. The Museum has nearly 500 interactive exhibits, and features a number of live presentations throughout the building everyday, along with shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni IMAX theater. Cost: Museum prices range from $15-$23 depending on which museum attractions visited.
New England Aquarium The mission of the New England Aquarium is to increase understanding of aquatic life and environments, to enable people to act to conserve the world of water, and to provide leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources. Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance and beauty of aquatic life and habitats, and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues. Programs emphasize species, habitats, and issues critical to New England. Note: there is an IMAX Theater attached to the aquarium. Cost: Aquarium $17.95 (Click here for student buy one, get one special), IMAX $9.50.
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem) founded in 1799 as the East India Marine Society, the Peabody Essex houses an impressive collection of international art. Cost: $9 with Harvard ID.
Rose Art Museum located at Brandeis University is an educational and cultural component of Brandeis University that seeks to engage its communities in experiencing the significant art, artists, and ideas of our time. Throughout the year, The Rose organizes a series of temporary exhibitions and collection displays that present a range of modern art, emerging artists, and displays of the Brandeis University art collections. Cost: admission is only $3!
Salem Witch Museum (Salem) the museum brings visitors back to the Witch Trial era of 17th Century Salem. Cost: $6.50.
Sports Musem of New England preserves and showcases the distinctly rich sports heritage of New England through an unparalleled collection of artifacts, multimedia, works of art and interactive exhibits. Located in the TD Banknorth Garden, Cost: $6.
USS Constitution launched in 1797, Old Ironsides is a revered piece of American history and continues to be an active member of the US Naval fleet; a museum is located across from the ship. Hot Deal: free admission (donations accepted)!
USS Salem & The Naval Shipbuilding Museum (Quincy) located in the former Quincy Fore River Shipyard, the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum is the home of the USS Salem (CA-139), the world's only preserved heavy cruiser. Cost: $6.