Boston Children's Museum
Boston Children's Museum
4.5
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Highlights of this interactive museum include the "Science Playground," featuring giant soap bubble-making tools and the "New Balance Climb," which teaches kids the laws of physics while navigating through a two-story-high maze.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
This area has been expanding and becoming more and more popular, for good reason. Not surprisingly, the seaport district of South Boston is located beautifully along the water. The area is designed for easy strolling along the HarborWalk, and there are bars and restaurants for all ages and budgets. The Institute of Contemporary Art is located in this area in a contemporary building with an absolutely stunning deck overlooking the water. In the summer time there are Friday music concerts on the deck of the museum. Nearby, there are many green spaces to enjoy.
How to get there
  • Courthouse • 4 min walk
  • South Station • 6 min walk
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  • Aleksandra C
    Ossining, New York131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to do
    We visited on Friday morning when there weren't many people at all, just couple of school trips. We got to experience everything many times over so 3 hours were just right (although could have stayed longer, there's lots to do). Kids loved the climbing structure and bubble geizer, as well as tennis ball launch.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Jaskel08
    California260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum for young kids
    If you have young kids, this place is a must. We spent way more time there than we anticipated. My daughter is 7 and had so much fun. It’s pretty much three floors of filled with hands-on activities/interactive. It’s also a perfect complement to the Boston Tea Party Museum……. which is also interactive, child friendly, and a short walk away. We were there on a rainy Saturday, and it was packed. One thing to keep in mind, the museum is ideal for kids age 8 and under. The only negative is that it is a museum that is specific to Boston, but not unique to Boston……. meaning there are many other children’s museums all over the US that are just as good. In other words, if your short on time, this is one you can skip.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • LBCdovs
    New Jersey296 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a no brainer
    If you have young children, this is an absolute must. We had a blast here with our kid (6). They’re going to love it. You’re going to be happy and everyone will just be better off. There’s an age out limit in my mind. Think, like 8-10, the kids are going to not be amused here. I could be wrong, but I don’t see my kid delving into everything the way he did this time around, when he’s 8 or 10.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 November 2023
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LBCdovs
New Jersey296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
If you have young children, this is an absolute must. We had a blast here with our kid (6).

They’re going to love it. You’re going to be happy and everyone will just be better off.

There’s an age out limit in my mind. Think, like 8-10, the kids are going to not be amused here. I could be wrong, but I don’t see my kid delving into everything the way he did this time around, when he’s 8 or 10.
Written 14 November 2023
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Bermuda Triangle
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
While there are many fun things to do at this museum, there are a couple of safety issues that need to be addressed. First, there is an area where actual golf balls are used to explore different activities. There was an incident that involved my grandson being hit in the head with a golf ball. He ended up having to go to the hospital for 4 hours to be observed, us having to catch a taxi to the hospital and back, missing dinner time (not good as one of us is diabetic), all because the golf balls are not controlled and were thrown (by an adult at that!!). This could be made safer if the museum used plastic golf balls instead of real ones. The outcome of the activities where the real golf balls are used would be the same, with no head injuries, if plastic balls are used. Second, the area where there is bubble exploration does not have enough rubber mats to prevent slipping and falling. There are only a couple of mats on the floor for this. Not enough when you have little kids running and walking from station to station on a soapy, slippery surface!! Also, not pleased at all how the museum staff handled the golf ball injury incident. At the very least the manager could have followed up with how my grandson was doing after being hit in the head, since she is the one that said she would check up on him with an email and a phone call. Neither one happened. Nor did she get any contact information from the woman who threw the golf ball which injured my grandson. We are out-of-towners and now have a medical bill and taxi fare spent. How do we get reimbursed from the woman who threw the ball that was responsible for the incident??
Written 6 September 2023
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Kimberly
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a great museum for little kids, about 8 or younger (depending on your kid.) Allow time- especially given the price. There are 3 floors full of exhibits, and so much to do.

This was our kiddo’s favorite stop in all of Boston. It’s almost like a giant play place, plus science learning and imagination play. There were lots of interactive ways to play and learn (assuming your child held still long enough to explain the science behind things, especially when there is so much to do they don’t want to listen.)

Trip Advisor suggests 1-2 hours- I don’t agree! Maybe if your 1-2 year old is done after 2 hours, that makes sense. A 5-7 year old boy could run in this place for 4-5 hours (or more!) but the Museum forces a break for lunch. I saw 3-4 year olds we met on entrance still going strong as we left. We allowed only 2.5 hours and couldn’t even do it all despite me forcing us to run from exhibit to exhibit to try to at least see most of it, so our son was disappointed as he did not nearly have enough. Ideally, in retrospect, this should have been an all day place after the torture of taking him through historic museums the previous day. If you time it right, reserve the Boston Tea Party for the time slot shortly after this place closes, so after a day of play they get entertained and go home happy. If your limited in time, I’d recommend at least 4 hours; you can always leave early if you happened to have the rare kid that gets tuckered out or are too old to be interested. I saw some older kids (about 10) having fun but also not as stimulated and ready to be rough with equipment. As a parent, I thought it was fun and enjoyed it immensely. My husband wasn’t as interested.

As for parking, if you are visiting and staying in a hotel, the city is pretty easily walkable. We walked with a little kids from here to the North end. That said, an Uber is a good option and costs less than most parking, at least in one direction and the trains/subway are easily accessible from most places. We didn’t see the need for a car.

If you’re touring Boston with a little kid, do right by them and give them 4 hours here to get energy out and be stimulated on their level (all while unknowingly learning.)
Written 1 September 2023
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RobinsonCrusoe69
Perth, Australia14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Made for the little ones. My 5 year old enjoyed it but my 8 and 10 year old boys were bored. Some exhibits (Kyoto street) seemed closed.
Written 14 July 2023
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Jaskel08
California260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
If you have young kids, this place is a must. We spent way more time there than we anticipated. My daughter is 7 and had so much fun. It’s pretty much three floors of filled with hands-on activities/interactive. It’s also a perfect complement to the Boston Tea Party Museum……. which is also interactive, child friendly, and a short walk away. We were there on a rainy Saturday, and it was packed.

One thing to keep in mind, the museum is ideal for kids age 8 and under.

The only negative is that it is a museum that is specific to Boston, but not unique to Boston……. meaning there are many other children’s museums all over the US that are just as good. In other words, if your short on time, this is one you can skip.
Written 1 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Aleksandra C
Ossining, NY131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We visited on Friday morning when there weren't many people at all, just couple of school trips. We got to experience everything many times over so 3 hours were just right (although could have stayed longer, there's lots to do). Kids loved the climbing structure and bubble geizer, as well as tennis ball launch.
Written 29 May 2023
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Melissa P
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
They have great accessibility features such as wheelchairs. It is good for kids and they accept credit cards as well as contactless payments.
Written 24 May 2023
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mami48
New Jersey231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Great place for young children. Very organized and the split sessions helped to control the number of people in the building. Exhibits were interesting and engaging.
Written 14 May 2023
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phil1004
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Really fun museum for kids. Went on a Friday afternoon, and it wasn’t crazy busy. If you have under 3s, book a time in the dedicated play space.
Written 24 March 2023
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Sarah F
Chicago, IL13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
My review is mixed - there are many positives to this museum, which I will list below, but the ridiculous hours and the resulting crowding prevent us from visiting frequently even though we live locally. I would strongly recommend the science museum or discovery museum if you are looking for one museum.

The museum is full of different areas that appeal to an under 5 year old child. My child loved the truck exhibit and the balls, and barely saw the rest of the museum. The bubble area is fun, the water play area is large and full of nooks and details for children. The bathrooms are numerous and well located and the Japanese house is awesome.

The biggest negative is the split hours and resulting crowding. Instead of staggered entry to limit crowding or capacity limits, the museum has two entry timeframes 9-12 or 1:30-4:30. This leads to a full museum at every minute it is open. It is also incredibly frustrating that the "covid precaution" is a surface cleaning instead of masks or capacity limits. It flies in the face of logic and science.
Written 12 February 2023
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