Best Museums in Boston

Boston is considered the cultural capital of the United States, largely thanks to its wide range of museums. In this post you will discover which are the best.

Carlos Bleda

Carlos Bleda

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Best Museums in Boston

Boston | ©Mohan Nannapaneni

The city of Boston is the birthplace of the revolution against the British colonists that started the American War of Indecency and later the formation of the United States. A city with so much history needs to be able to show it to the world and for this reason Boston has an immense range of museums that speak of the historical and cultural value of the city. Not only history museums, the offer is very wide and varied.

The city is also home to some of the most important educational institutions in the world, such as Harvard University and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), which, in addition to having their own museums, contribute to the city also being a cradle of science and technology and has several museums related to it. All these elements make seeing its museums one of the best things to do in Boston.

1. Tea Party museum

Museum Exterior| ©Pentakrom
Museum Exterior| ©Pentakrom

The Tea Party was the historic event that marked the history of Boston and the United States.

On December 16, 1773, a group of colonists threw overboard the tea cargo of three British ships moored in Boston Harbor as an act of protest against Great Britain, an event that was the precedent for the American War of Independence.

Such event marked the history of the city and for that reason a floating museum was built simulating the dock and the British ships that were scenes of the mutiny. The Tea Party museum.

The particularity of this museum is that it is a historical recreation itself and has characterized characters that guide the visit and tell you everything about the history of this event, in addition to exhibition halls, multimedia room, a tea room and the opportunity to climb aboard their ships.

The museum is located on the canal under the Congrees ST Bridge and can be visited from Thursday to Monday. The entrance fee is around 30 dollars, which at the exchange rate is about 28 euros per person.

Information of interest

  • Price: 28 euros for adults, 23 euros for children (approximate prices).
  • Hours: From Thursday to Monday from 10:00 to 17:00
  • Location: Congress St Bridge

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2. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Sculpture and exterior of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston| ©Nektarios Karefyllakis
Sculpture and exterior of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston| ©Nektarios Karefyllakis

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most important museums in the country. In fact, its art collection is the second largest in the United States, behind only the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

There are about 450,000 pieces on display in the museum, ranging from ancient Egypt to contemporary works. The museum houses works by such outstanding artists as El Greco, Velázquez and Van Gogh, among many others. Its exhibition has earned it recognition as one of the most important art museums in the world.

The Museum of Fine Arts, as it is known in Boston, is located on Huntington Avenue and is open from Thursday to Monday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Tickets cost around $ 27, about 25.8 euros, for adults and for children between 7 and 17 years the price is around $ 10, which is about 9 euros. Children under 7 years old get in for free.

Information of interest

  • Price: about 25 euros for adults, 9 euros for children between 7 and 17 years old.
  • Hours: Thursday to Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Huntington Avenue

Enjoy one of the finest art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

3. Boston Museum of Science

Exterior of the Science Museum| ©Chris Rycroft
Exterior of the Science Museum| ©Chris Rycroft

Science lovers also have their place in Boston. The Boston Museum of Science is a paradise for science enthusiasts of all kinds, with more than 700 exhibits on different topics spread over the building's three floors.

Highlights include its famous Colossal Fossil, a 65-million-year-old triceratops skeleton, its butterfly garden, and the more than 100 animals that the museum houses as a zoo and that have been rescued from animal shelters.

The museum is located in what is known as Science Park, on the Charles River Dam Bridge. Unlike other museums in the city, the science museum is open every day of the week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

As for ticket prices, they are about 27 euros at the exchange rate for adults and about 23 euros for children from 3 to 11 years old.

Information of interest

  • Price: About 27 euros for adults and 23 euros for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Hours: Open all week from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Location: Charles River Dam Bridge

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4. Boston Children's Museum

Entering the Museum| ©philipp_anna
Entering the Museum| ©philipp_anna

Children's museums are scattered throughout the world's capitals, and with Boston being one of the world's leading museums, the city could not be without one. In fact, the Boston Children's Museum is among the best of its kind in the world.

An entire museum dedicated to helping children understand the world around them through a myriad of activities and interactive exhibits. The museum is geared toward children under the age of 12, but everyone who visits the museum enjoys it like a child.

Needless to say, if you are traveling to Boston with children, it should be a must stop on your trip.

The museum is located on a pier next to the river on Congress Street, next to the Tea Party Museum. You don't have to worry about the day you visit, as it is open every day of the week from 10:00 to 17:00, the standard museum hours in Boston. On Fridays the hours are extended until 21:00.

The general admission price is $16, or about 15 euros at the exchange rate. Prices are always approximate.

Information of interest

  • Price: About 15 euros.
  • Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 17:00 and Fridays until 21:00.
  • Location: Congress street next to the Tea Party museum.

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5. Harvard Museum

Harvard Museum| ©cuikhoai
Harvard Museum| ©cuikhoai

The most prestigious university in the United States also has its own museum. Or rather, museums. Harvard University has two important museums on its campus that are among the most interesting in the city of Boston.

The first is its natural history museum, which has a large collection of animals, minerals, fossils and its famous crystal flowers.

The second is the oldest of the university and is its museum of arts. Its collection ranges from medieval times to contemporary art exhibits.

True to its university spirit, both museums are free for its students and for students from other universities around the world there is always a discount. General admission if you are not a student costs about 15 dollars, about 14.3 euros for the science museum and a little more, about 19 euros for the arts museum.

The latter is free for everyone on Saturdays. Both share the standard Boston museum hours, opening at 9:00 am and closing at 5:00 pm and open every day of the week.

Information of interest

  • Price: About 14 euros for the science museum and 19 euros for the arts museum (General admission and approximate amounts).
  • Hours: Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Harvard Campus in Cambridge.

6. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum| ©taigatrommelchen
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum| ©taigatrommelchen

Among the world's private art collections, Isabella Stewart's is undoubtedly one of the most impressive.

This philanthropist and collector began to assemble an impressive art collection in her Venetian-style palace located in Boston until it became, after several renovations, a museum open to the public.

The building itself is a work of art in itself, and the jewels housed inside are well worth paying the entrance fee. As a curiosity, in 1990 thieves disguised as police stole thirteen works of art, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet. A story that has even been taken to the big screen.

Although it lost a lot in that robbery, considered the largest in the U.S. in terms of art, its collection is still impressive. To visit it you just have to get your ticket, which is around 19.1 euros (20 dollars) and go to Evans Street from Wednesday to Monday from 11:00 to 17:00.

If you are an art lover and travel to Boston you can not afford not to enjoy the collection of Isabella Stewart.

Information of interest

  • Price: About 20 dollars (19 euros approx. at the exchange rate)
  • Hours: From Wednesday to Monday from 11:00 to 17:00
  • Location: Evans Way.

7. MIT Museum

MIT Museum| ©John Phelan
MIT Museum| ©John Phelan

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, is the other great educational institution in Boston along with Harvard University. And of course, it also has its own museum.

Founded in 1971, this space is dedicated to technological advances and the history of the institution itself. It has the largest collection of holographic art in the world, as well as exhibitions on robotics, architecture, artificial intelligence, etc. It is a technology aficionado's dream.

The MIT Museum is located in Cambridge on Massachusetts Avenue across the Longfellow Bridge from downtown Boston.

As for tickets and opening hours, the museum is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 and general admission is $10 (9.5 euros) for adults and $5 (4.8 euros) for children under 18.

Information of Interest

  • Price: 9.5 euros for adults and 4.8 euros for children under 18 (approximate prices).
  • Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 17:00
  • Location: Massachusetts avenue.

8. John F. Kennedy Library

John F. Kennedy Library| ©Fcb981
John F. Kennedy Library| ©Fcb981

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. One of the best known and also born in Brookline, in the state of Massachusetts. That is why in Boston, capital of the state, is located the presidential library and museum of the president.

The building, located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Columbia, south of Boston, houses official papers and correspondence of the president, as well as unpublished material and even papers written in the handwriting of Ernest Hemingway, who gave them to the president as a gift.

If you are a lover of U.S. history, this museum contains a good piece of it that you will surely want to know. You can do so from Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00. General admission tickets cost $18 (about 17.2 euros at the exchange rate).

Information of Interest

  • Price: 17.2 euros approx.
  • Hours: Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: University of Massachusetts Columbia Campus

9. Institute of Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art| ©Ron Perry
Institute of Contemporary Art| ©Ron Perry

To all the art museums in Boston, which as you have been able to see are many, we must add the most modern of all dedicated to contemporary art. The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) was founded in 1936 although it has gone through more than 10 different venues.

The last and final one is a modern building on one of the piers of the South Boston Seaport District and is one of the most interesting architectural works of the city.

The museum is open every day of the week except Mondays. It is always open from 10:00 to 17:00 except on Thursdays and Fridays when it can be visited until 21:00.

General admission is 20 dollars (19 euros approx) and children under 18 years do not pay admission. If you are a lover of modern art, this is your place in Boston.

Information of Interest

  • Price: 19 euros approx, under 18 free.
  • Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 and Thursdays and Fridays until 21:00
  • Location: Harbor Shore, on the docks of the South Boston Seaport District north of Boston.

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10. Paul Revere House Museum

Paul Revere House Museum| ©Viator
Paul Revere House Museum| ©Viator

Paul Revere is one of the most illustrious figures in Boston history and beloved in American history in general. He was the messenger who announced the arrival of the British at the beginning of the War of Independence and played a key role as a spy in that war.

Today, his birthplace still stands and has been converted into a museum to tell his story. It is the oldest building in downtown Boston, dating from 1680, and is one of the stops on the famous Freedom Trail.

If you take this famous route to get to know Boston it is easy to visit. It is open every day from 10:00 to 15:00 and its prices are very affordable. Adults only pay about $ 6 (5.75 euros approx) and children between 5 and 17 years only pay the symbolic amount of $ 1. The house is located in North Square and is an essential visit to learn about the history of the city.

Information of interest

  • Price: General admission adults 5.57 euros approx, children $ 1 (0.9 euros approx)
  • Hours: Every day of the week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Location: North Square

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