Boston Children's Museum

Boston Children's Museum Embrace the power of play with one of the world's most influential children's museums! Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world.
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It was founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers' Bureau, a group of visionary educators dedicated to providing new resources for both teachers and students, as a center for the exchange of materials and ideas to advance the teaching of science. For over 100 years it has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

It was founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers' Bureau, a group of visionary educators dedicated to providing new resources for both teachers and students, as a center for the exchange of materials and ideas to advance the teaching of science. For over 100 years it has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

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By nurturing a child’s compassion, we help to build a future in which the skills of the heart are valued just as much as...
09/05/2021

By nurturing a child’s compassion, we help to build a future in which the skills of the heart are valued just as much as the skills of the mind. That's a future worth living in.

By nurturing a child’s compassion, we help to build a future in which the skills of the heart are valued just as much as the skills of the mind. That's a future worth living in.

⚠️Caution: Beware of the falling cups!
09/03/2021

⚠️Caution: Beware of the falling cups!

⚠️Caution: Beware of the falling cups!

September in the STEAM Lab means laser cut string art! Create laser-cut designs and practice your weaving and embroidery...
09/02/2021

September in the STEAM Lab means laser cut string art! Create laser-cut designs and practice your weaving and embroidery skills—where else can kids get their hands on a laser cutter!?

Staff and visitors really *look up* to Frida and George around the Museum...🐢🐢
09/01/2021

Staff and visitors really *look up* to Frida and George around the Museum...🐢🐢

Staff and visitors really *look up* to Frida and George around the Museum...🐢🐢

What will the future of arts and culture look like in Boston? This Thursday at 4pm, join Create the Vote Boston for a li...
08/31/2021
Livestreaming Boston Mayoral Candidate Forum on Art, Culture, and Creativity

What will the future of arts and culture look like in Boston? This Thursday at 4pm, join Create the Vote Boston for a live-streamed Mayoral Candidate Forum on Art, Culture, and Creativity moderated by WBUR arts and culture reporter Cristela Guerra.

About the forum:
The next mayor of Boston will have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lead Boston out of the COVID-19 pandemic toward a more inclusive, just, and connected city. To succeed, the arts and cultural sector must be centered in those efforts. Before the pandemic, the city’s arts sector contributed $2 billion to Boston’s economy, sustained 30,000 jobs, and drew 21 million people to cultural events—which is more than four times as many people who attended professional sports games. As creators and consumers of cultural expression and celebration, we connect more deeply to ourselves, our communities, and our city. Yet artists, their creations, and the nearly infinite ways in which they make life worth living are so woven into the tapestry of our lives that we barely notice them and take their impact for granted.

In this mayoral forum, candidates will be asked to share their vision for Boston’s post-pandemic future and the role that artists and arts and cultural organizations will play in it."

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|In this mayoral forum, candidates will be asked to share their vision for Boston’s post-pandemic future and the role that artists and arts and cultural organizations will play in it. Livestreaming on the commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 2 September 2021 a...

🚨The newest episode of the Big & Little Podcast is out now!🚨 Join Museum CEO and President Carole Charnow and guests Drs...
08/31/2021

🚨The newest episode of the Big & Little Podcast is out now!🚨 Join Museum CEO and President Carole Charnow and guests Drs. Michael Pistiner and Ali Yurkovic for an important conversation on food allergies in children. As allergy experts and parents of children with food allergies themselves, Michael and Ali speak to the prevalence of allergies in children, their own experiences as parents of kids with allergies, and how people can get involved in advocacy efforts to protect those with food allergies in public spaces.

Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/bigandlittlepodcast#

Below are the links discussed in the episode:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) New England chapter: https://www.aafa.org/aafa-new-england-chapter/

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE): https://www.foodallergy.org

Education committee bill requiring mass schools to have an allergy policy and staff training: https://legiscan.com/MA/bill/S299/2021

Education committee bill to make non-designated/stock epinephrin for people who don’t have a known food allergy already: https://legiscan.com/MA/bill/H604/2021

Restaurants to identify the presence and origin of food allergens contained in the list of products: https://legiscan.com/MA/bill/H2288/2021

🚨The newest episode of the Big & Little Podcast is out now!🚨 Join Museum CEO and President Carole Charnow and guests Drs. Michael Pistiner and Ali Yurkovic for an important conversation on food allergies in children. As allergy experts and parents of children with food allergies themselves, Michael and Ali speak to the prevalence of allergies in children, their own experiences as parents of kids with allergies, and how people can get involved in advocacy efforts to protect those with food allergies in public spaces.

Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/bigandlittlepodcast#

Below are the links discussed in the episode:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) New England chapter: https://www.aafa.org/aafa-new-england-chapter/

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE): https://www.foodallergy.org

Education committee bill requiring mass schools to have an allergy policy and staff training: https://legiscan.com/MA/bill/S299/2021

Education committee bill to make non-designated/stock epinephrin for people who don’t have a known food allergy already: https://legiscan.com/MA/bill/H604/2021

Restaurants to identify the presence and origin of food allergens contained in the list of products: https://legiscan.com/MA/bill/H2288/2021

This week at the Museum, we’re making a life-sized spider web! We need your help to make it even bigger than last month’...
08/30/2021

This week at the Museum, we’re making a life-sized spider web! We need your help to make it even bigger than last month’s web. Do you think we can do it? 🕸️🕷️

When we celebrate diversity and work towards universal inclusion, we help to build a world for our kids in which our dif...
08/29/2021

When we celebrate diversity and work towards universal inclusion, we help to build a world for our kids in which our differences are known to be one of our greatest strengths.

When we celebrate diversity and work towards universal inclusion, we help to build a world for our kids in which our differences are known to be one of our greatest strengths.

We are less than two months away from the 2021 #BostonMarathon, and so excited for our John Hancock team! Join us as we ...
08/28/2021

We are less than two months away from the 2021 #BostonMarathon, and so excited for our John Hancock team! Join us as we cheer for our three amazing runners Rose, Joey, and Prapti: https://www.givengain.com/c/bcm/

We are less than two months away from the 2021 #BostonMarathon, and so excited for our John Hancock team! Join us as we cheer for our three amazing runners Rose, Joey, and Prapti: https://www.givengain.com/c/bcm/

From classroom techniques to technological distractions to a lack of resources, there are many "blame-factors" one can p...
08/27/2021
The Power of Reading

From classroom techniques to technological distractions to a lack of resources, there are many "blame-factors" one can point to in order to explain the decline in children's reading levels in the United States. On our blog, Boston Children's Museum President and CEO Carole Charnow explores these potential causes—and more importantly, what we can do to turn things around.

To encourage a lifelong love of reading, books should be present in a child’s life from infancy. Reading should be considered a form of play and not simply an educational necessity. When reading be…

Our new gallery installation, “Sometimes I Also Love it When it Rains,” is now open! This installation, designed by our ...
08/26/2021

Our new gallery installation, “Sometimes I Also Love it When it Rains,” is now open!

This installation, designed by our very own Senior Exhibits Designer Joel Reider, conjures up the contemplative, introspective, and joyful emotions we may unexpectedly associate with rainy weather through sound, images, and touch.

Upon entering the installation, we invite you to experience the transportive power of watching rainfall across a landscape—the surrender and release of being thoroughly drenched by a downpour or the absolute glee of splashing in a puddle. On reflection, you might just discover your response to surroundings can shift unexpectedly and is never really fixed!

Come see “Sometimes I Also Love it When it Rains” in the gallery now through this November 🌧☔️

Let’s take a peek into PlaySpace! Every corner of this exhibit, specifically created for 0-3-year olds, cultivates joyfu...
08/25/2021

Let’s take a peek into PlaySpace! Every corner of this exhibit, specifically created for 0-3-year olds, cultivates joyful discovery experiences that encourage your child’s healthy development. Whether they’re crawling through a cave, driving a Jeep, climbing a hill, building a train tunnel, playing with water, or messing around on the light table, your little one will be engaged and learning by your side.

Reservations for PlaySpace are required in addition to regular Museum admission. You can reserve your slot in PlaySpace here: http://ow.ly/2O7q50FP3SV

Photo credit to @unlori__ on Instagram! 📸

08/24/2021

Throwback to boat racing at the Summer of Play Carnival! The competition was stiff⛵️

One more week of Shadow Puppets in the STEAM Lab! Choose a unique pattern and color combination and learn about the scie...
08/23/2021

One more week of Shadow Puppets in the STEAM Lab! Choose a unique pattern and color combination and learn about the science of light as you test your creations. What shapes are the shadows? What colors? Can you make them appear larger? Come explore, create, and observe!

08/22/2021

Due to hazardous weather conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Henri, the Museum will be closed today, August 22, at 12:00pm. Stay safe!

😂 Who can relate? We'd love to hear stories of times you really needed to practice patience (or struggled to!) in the co...
08/22/2021

😂 Who can relate? We'd love to hear stories of times you really needed to practice patience (or struggled to!) in the comments!

😂 Who can relate? We'd love to hear stories of times you really needed to practice patience (or struggled to!) in the comments!

Ollie the ball python's story is making headlines...she made it to NECN! Check out this feature on her incredible journe...
08/20/2021
Boston Children's Museum Ball Python Gives Birth Without a Mate!

Ollie the ball python's story is making headlines...she made it to NECN! Check out this feature on her incredible journey, explained by Science Program Manager/snake egg discoverer Alissa Daniels.

You can’t make this up! For the past 12 years, the Boston Children’s Museum has had a resident ball python named Oliver. But they just discovered… Oliver is a girl! We spoke with Alissa Daniels, the museum’s science educator, about how this wild discovery was made.

Looking for a fun summer project to get the kids outdoors and exploring nature? This at-home activity teaches kids all a...
08/20/2021
DIY Butterfly Feeder to Pollinate Your Backyard | Outdoor Activity for Kids!

Looking for a fun summer project to get the kids outdoors and exploring nature? This at-home activity teaches kids all about the power of pollen and shows them how they can build their own, personalized butterfly feeder to attract butterflies to your yard or outdoor space.

Did you know that butterflies play an important role in the lifecycle of flowers and fruit? It’s all because of a sticky substance called pollen! Learn all a...

Thanks to our visitors, we are well on our way to creating Boston's largest paper chain! The challenge continues this we...
08/19/2021

Thanks to our visitors, we are well on our way to creating Boston's largest paper chain! The challenge continues this week as our Cardboard Palooza continues, and we need your help. Think about it...your additions to the chain might just be what gets us the coveted record-holder title!

Great news—ice cream and sweet treats have returned to the Milk Bottle at last! Glenn’s Kreme & Kone opens today, servin...
08/18/2021

Great news—ice cream and sweet treats have returned to the Milk Bottle at last! Glenn’s Kreme & Kone opens today, serving soft serve ice cream, novelty ice cream, Richie’s Slush, and hot dogs. We’re so excited to welcome GK&K back to the newly renovated Milk Bottle and offer classic HP Hood products once again!

Come grab a tasty treat daily from 11am-5pm. Please note, GK&K is cash only for the time being, but will be accepting credit cards shortly.

Boston Children’s Museum is hiring! We’re seeking an energetic, fun, and flexible individual who values the importance o...
08/17/2021
VISITOR EXPERIENCE AMBASSADOR | Boston Children's Museum

Boston Children’s Museum is hiring! We’re seeking an energetic, fun, and flexible individual who values the importance of creating lasting memories for children and families to join the team as Visitor Experience Ambassador. You’ll be responsible for maintaining a positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all children and their caregivers to explore the power of play while engaging in hands-on experiences and interacting with our diverse families to ensure a safe learning environment, create joyful experiences, and spark curiosity, imagination, and creativity.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, click here: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/about/employment/visitor-experience-ambassador-0

To apply, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line "VE Ambassador."

Date: Friday, July 16, 2021Position Description:  POSITION SUMMARY Boston Children’s Museum seeks an energetic, fun, and flexible individual who values the importance of creating lasting memories for children and families through hands-on, interactive and engaging experiences. The ideal candidat...

The Cardboard Palooza continues this week! We had a blast creating last week and made some serious progress on Boston's ...
08/17/2021

The Cardboard Palooza continues this week! We had a blast creating last week and made some serious progress on Boston's largest paper chain. What's on the itinerary for this week?

📦Paper airplanes and whirligigs
📦Boston's largest paper chain
📦Cardboard structures

All activities are included with regular Museum admission. Reserve your tickets in advance here: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ticketing

The Cardboard Palooza continues this week! We had a blast creating last week and made some serious progress on Boston's largest paper chain. What's on the itinerary for this week?

📦Paper airplanes and whirligigs
📦Boston's largest paper chain
📦Cardboard structures

All activities are included with regular Museum admission. Reserve your tickets in advance here: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ticketing

We work hard to provide our children the tools and confidence they need to reach for their dreams, but it is our love fo...
08/15/2021

We work hard to provide our children the tools and confidence they need to reach for their dreams, but it is our love for them that reminds them where home is.

We work hard to provide our children the tools and confidence they need to reach for their dreams, but it is our love for them that reminds them where home is.

08/13/2021

Slight turbulence ahead! ✈️ How far, fast, and smooth can you craft a paper airplane? That’s what we’re trying to find out next week at the Museum. Come on in and explore different techniques, shapes, and sizes to see what works best, then test ‘em all out like these kids!

When we told them the activity was "Tape It," these kids fully understood the assignment.
08/12/2021

When we told them the activity was "Tape It," these kids fully understood the assignment.

The ✨Cardboard Palooza✨ starts TODAY! Stretch the limits of your imagination as you explore and create with cardboard an...
08/11/2021

The ✨Cardboard Palooza✨ starts TODAY! Stretch the limits of your imagination as you explore and create with cardboard and other recycled materials. This week, help us enter Guinness World Records as we attempt to build the world's longest paper chain, and join in for many other themed activities like dramatic play and exploring with balls and tubes.

All activities are included with regular Museum admission. Reserve your tickets in advance here: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ticketing

The ✨Cardboard Palooza✨ starts TODAY! Stretch the limits of your imagination as you explore and create with cardboard and other recycled materials. This week, help us enter Guinness World Records as we attempt to build the world's longest paper chain, and join in for many other themed activities like dramatic play and exploring with balls and tubes.

All activities are included with regular Museum admission. Reserve your tickets in advance here: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ticketing

Who say you need water to float? All you really need is a bit of imagination!
08/10/2021

Who say you need water to float? All you really need is a bit of imagination!

Who say you need water to float? All you really need is a bit of imagination!

Hooray for homecoming! Ollie the ball python, fresh off her exciting news cycle post-egg laying and gender-swapping, has...
08/09/2021

Hooray for homecoming! Ollie the ball python, fresh off her exciting news cycle post-egg laying and gender-swapping, has returned to the Museum at last! We are thrilled to have her back, and invite you to come and visit Ollie in person any time!

If you haven't already heard, learn all about Ollie's wild July here: http://ow.ly/nm3x50FNfsS

Hooray for homecoming! Ollie the ball python, fresh off her exciting news cycle post-egg laying and gender-swapping, has returned to the Museum at last! We are thrilled to have her back, and invite you to come and visit Ollie in person any time!

If you haven't already heard, learn all about Ollie's wild July here: http://ow.ly/nm3x50FNfsS

Introducing the Cardboard Palooza! For the next two weeks, our imaginations are running wild with nine different activit...
08/09/2021

Introducing the Cardboard Palooza! For the next two weeks, our imaginations are running wild with nine different activities recycled materials. The possibilities are endless when playing with cardboard and paper!

Here’s what's happening this week:
📦Giant paper chain
📦Dramatic play
📦Balls and tubes

All activities are included with regular Museum admission. Reserve your tickets in advance here: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ticketing

Introducing the Cardboard Palooza! For the next two weeks, our imaginations are running wild with nine different activities recycled materials. The possibilities are endless when playing with cardboard and paper!

Here’s what's happening this week:
📦Giant paper chain
📦Dramatic play
📦Balls and tubes

All activities are included with regular Museum admission. Reserve your tickets in advance here: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ticketing

Address

308 Congress St
Boston, MA
02210

Red Line to South Station Silver Line to Courthouse Station

General information

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Museum will close at 3:00pm on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve. The Museum opens at 12:00pm on New Year’s Day.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 9am - 12pm
Thursday 9am - 12pm
Friday 9am - 12pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm
Sunday 9am - 12pm

Telephone

(617) 426-6500

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The Power of Play

Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. It was founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers' Bureau, a group of visionary educators dedicated to providing new resources for both teachers and students, as a center for the exchange of materials and ideas to advance the teaching of science. For over 100 years it has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. The Museum’s exhibits and programs emphasize hands-on engagement and learning through experience, employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children. Designed for children and families, Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. In addition to extensive child-centered exhibits, Museum educators develop numerous programs and activities that address literacy, performing arts, science and math, visual arts, cultures, and health and wellness. The Museum is also one of the few children’s museums in the world to maintain a collection. The Museum’s collections of Americana, Natural History, Global Culture, Native American, Dolls and Dollhouses, and Japanese artifacts encompass more than 50,000 items. As one of the largest children’s museums in the world, Boston Children’s Museum also provides museum consulting services and creates award winning traveling exhibits, staff training curriculum, and exhibit kits for Museum professionals.


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When will tickets be on sale for Feb?
Sorry but I'm 50 and I grew up with a sister who spent her whole life at the hospital because adults couldn't grasp that she was allergic to peanuts. My mom spent her time running to the hospital. It's ridiculous. It's 2020. Get with the program. Call it the No PB&J museum. BE THE CHANGE
I’m sorry to hear you have opened a cafe based off of peanut butter when so many children and adults have peanut allergies. Not an inclusive choice!
Opening a PB&J cafe at a children’s museum is honestly inconceivable to me. By opening a cafe dedicated to one of the top highly allergenic foods you are effectively closing the museum to children who suffer peanut allergies. If you look at the lists of which allergen is most likely to cause anaphylaxis, peanut is one of the highest, if not #1. Why would you intentionally highlight a food that is so dangerous for these children? It is insensitive at best and life threatening at worst. Is that the message you want to convey at your museum?
I watched this on-line performance today and thought your audience would appreciate it. https://www.facebook.com/events/394526098410723/
A special invitation to Boston Children's Museum. Give to our fall fundraiser and enjoy Nature at its best. Help keep the Charles River Esplanade a green space for all and download an Activities Adventure packet. Come explore nature in a safe, outdoor setting and enjoy the last golden days of fall with hands-on learning. Kids earn an official Esplanade Explorer packet and moms and dads enjoy a coupon for free ice cream. Hurry while the last days of fall and supplies last!
We need your help. With any size donation to our fall fundraiser, using this link, help keep the Esplanade a green space for all! For a small donation, download a coupon for free ice cream with our thanks!