Boston Children's Museum

Boston Children's Museum 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.
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About Boston Children’s Museum 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.

Mission: Boston Children's Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

Preparing for this Sunday’s Ikebana workshops! In the heavy rain earlier today, our friends from Ikenobo Ikebana Socie...
05/17/2019

Preparing for this Sunday’s Ikebana workshops! In the heavy rain earlier today, our friends from Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Boston came by to drop off some flowers for Sunday’s special workshops.

Ikebana is not simply arranging flowers. It is taking time to look closely at each flower’s unique beauty. Through this process, we learn to appreciate the natural world around us, in all of its many parts.
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Thank you Nick Collins and State Senator Ed Kennedy for your support on behalf of children and families.
05/15/2019

Thank you Nick Collins and State Senator Ed Kennedy for your support on behalf of children and families.

Carole Charnow, President and CEO of the Boston Children's Museum and her team stopped by the office today to advocate for a budget amendment filed by Sen. Nick Collins to provide $250,000 to cover discounted group visits to the museum for school and after school visits. Many of the students who benefit come are from low-income communities and otherwise would miss out on this educational enrichment activity. In the last 3 years, 1,030 students from Lowell were able to visit the BCM for free.

Happy Mother's Day to all moms. We truly appreciate all that you do! The Museum will offer half price admission for all ...
05/12/2019

Happy Mother's Day to all moms. We truly appreciate all that you do! The Museum will offer half price admission for all moms on Sunday, May 12. In-Museum ticket purchases only. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

The Museum is proud to announce our new-look event celebrating STEAM creativity in Massachusetts! On October 25-26, 2019...
05/08/2019

The Museum is proud to announce our new-look event celebrating STEAM creativity in Massachusetts! On October 25-26, 2019, celebrate Mass STEM Week at the CreatedBy Festival 2019: a gathering of local artists, technologists, inventors, DIY'ers, performers, and more. All ages are welcome to visit and exhibit - mark your calendars!

05/08/2019
Pickup Music Project (PuMP)

PuMP's growing collection of musical fences reimagine the form and intent of Paul Matisse's original sculpture, Musical Fence. Built in 1980, Matisse's piece was initially installed on the sidewalks of Central Square, Cambridge, for the public to enjoy. Nearly 40 years later, PuMP has revived this effort, paying homage to his work by building musical fences for installation in public places throughout Greater Boston.

The two fences in front of Boston Children's Museum contain a total of 90 tuned aluminum chimes. Tuned in the key of C major, the chimes sound a melody when rung from left to right, or right to left. Before coming to BCM (the second stop of the tour), the two fences were installed for four months in Cambridge Crossing, Cambridge. The team also has a pair of permanent musical fences along the Mystic River in Macdonald Park, Medford.

The The Pickup Music Project (PuMP) takes its name from its initial aim – to make public spaces that allow for impromptu music making, just as public basketball courts allow for pick-up basketball. The team creates the conditions for such social soundmaking by building large, interactive sound sculptures. Because of their design, size, and novelty, their sculptures invite and encourage participation from all musical levels. Experienced musicians enjoy composing for them, just as "non-musicians" enjoy playing them. PuMP has installed their work temporarily at major music festivals and museums, and more permanently in public parks, cities, and campuses.

We're excited to announce that we are among the 100 institutions across Massachusetts participating in this year's Free ...
05/07/2019

We're excited to announce that we are among the 100 institutions across Massachusetts participating in this year's Free Fun Friday initiative, thanks to our partnership with the Highland Street Foundation! Admission will be free on Friday, July 19 from 10:00am - 5:00pm. We look forward to seeing you! For more information, visit: http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays-2019

May the 4th (and 5th) be with you...join us today and tomorrow as we celebrate Star Wars weekend!
05/04/2019

May the 4th (and 5th) be with you...join us today and tomorrow as we celebrate Star Wars weekend!

It is TJX $1 Friday - Museum admission is $1 for each visitor from 5:00-9:00pm. Check out Boston Youth Symphony Orchestr...
05/03/2019

It is TJX $1 Friday - Museum admission is $1 for each visitor from 5:00-9:00pm. Check out Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras at 6:30pm and Pop Up Play: Paint Yourself Silly from 6:00-8:00pm. https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar

The Museum will offer half price admission for all moms on Sunday, May 12 and for dads on Sunday, June 16. In-Museum tic...
05/02/2019

The Museum will offer half price admission for all moms on Sunday, May 12 and for dads on Sunday, June 16. In-Museum ticket purchases only. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

04/29/2019

Need assistance with your finances? Together with Citizens Bank, we are celebrating Financial Literacy Month in April. As a #FINLIT partner, we’re joining them in their efforts to improve financial literacy in our community.

Today, Museum visitors welcomed friends from Kyoto and celebrated 60 years of Kyoto/Boston sister cities relationship wi...
04/27/2019

Today, Museum visitors welcomed friends from Kyoto and celebrated 60 years of Kyoto/Boston sister cities relationship with music, crafts, and more! They met ceramic artist, Imai-san, and tried making something of their own. They also learned about the famous Friendship Doll Exchange, and helped with the reunion of Mary-san, an American doll living in Japan, and Miss Kyoto, a Japanese doll living in the U.S. at Boston Children’s Museum. Photo credit: Clive Grainger.

Today, Museum visitors welcomed friends from Kyoto and celebrated 60 years of Kyoto/Boston sister cities relationship with music, crafts, and more! They met ceramic artist, Imai-san, and tried making something of their own. They also learned about the famous Friendship Doll Exchange, and helped with the reunion of Mary-san, an American doll living in Japan, and Miss Kyoto, a Japanese doll living in the U.S. at Boston Children’s Museum. Photo credit: Clive Grainger.

A show so good, it’s Revolutionary! Join us this Sunday as we welcome the Middlesex Fife and Drum. Since 1982, this Bo...
04/26/2019

A show so good, it’s Revolutionary! Join us this Sunday as we welcome the Middlesex Fife and Drum. Since 1982, this Boston-area corps has honored American history through music, with selections ranging from the American Revolution to modern-day pieces. The show marches into the Museum at 1:00pm, with an encore at 2:00pm.

With a contribution from Citizens Bank, the Museum will promote financial literacy and intergenerational conversations a...
04/25/2019

With a contribution from Citizens Bank, the Museum will promote financial literacy and intergenerational conversations about earning, spending, saving and sharing money! #FinLit

Although Boston and Kyoto are separated by 6,824 miles, they share an official "Sister City" designation. In recognition...
04/25/2019

Although Boston and Kyoto are separated by 6,824 miles, they share an official "Sister City" designation. In recognition of Boston’s oldest sister-city relationship, Boston Children’s Museum is hosting a year-long celebration of the Boston-Kyoto 60th Anniversary with rich cultural events and public programming. Today, we welcomed Kyoto City Mayor Kadokawa. Our doll, Miss Kyoto, had a mini makeover for this special occasion.

Although Boston and Kyoto are separated by 6,824 miles, they share an official "Sister City" designation. In recognition of Boston’s oldest sister-city relationship, Boston Children’s Museum is hosting a year-long celebration of the Boston-Kyoto 60th Anniversary with rich cultural events and public programming. Today, we welcomed Kyoto City Mayor Kadokawa. Our doll, Miss Kyoto, had a mini makeover for this special occasion.

04/25/2019
Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Boston-Kyoto Sister City Relationship

Although Boston and Kyoto are separated by 6,824 miles, they share an official "Sister City" designation. In recognition of Boston’s oldest sister-city relationship, Boston Children’s Museum is hosting a year-long celebration of the Boston-Kyoto 60th Anniversary with rich cultural events and public programming. Today, we welcomed Kyoto City Mayor Kadokawa.

There are a few tickets remaining for tomorrow night’s Boston Grown-Ups Museum (21+). Advance tickets are required. Ge...
04/24/2019
BOSTON GROWN-UPS MUSEUM

There are a few tickets remaining for tomorrow night’s Boston Grown-Ups Museum (21+). Advance tickets are required. Get your tickets NOW! BostonGrown-UpsMuseum.eventbrite.com

This Event Has No Name…but it does have dragons!! Create your own Laser Cut Dragon, discover your own Family Crest or design a brand new one and participate in our Archery Challenge. Many more fun adventures will be had on Wednesday, April 24th for our next episode of Boston Grown-Ups Museum! This...

Meet Imai-san, the special guest artist from Kyoto, Japan this Saturday, April 27th! Makimasa Imai is a ceramic artist. ...
04/23/2019

Meet Imai-san, the special guest artist from Kyoto, Japan this Saturday, April 27th! Makimasa Imai is a ceramic artist. Imai-san creates shapes of living things out of clay and captures both vibrant energy and quiet peacefulness in his art.

Come join us to create the art with Imai-san for this special occasion!

Improve your financial fitness with some great tips and tools from our friends Citizens Bank!  We’re excited to partne...
04/23/2019
Learning about Personal Finance | Citizens Bank

Improve your financial fitness with some great tips and tools from our friends Citizens Bank! We’re excited to partner with them during Financial Literacy Month and all year long to help develop healthy financial habits in our communities. http://bit.ly/2p2OWVw

Get tips and insights on a variety of personal finance topics, from paying for college and managing your debt to home ownership and running your business.

The bartenders @RestaurantAssociates are creating some yummy cocktails for this Wednesday’s Boston Grown-Ups Museum (2...
04/23/2019

The bartenders @RestaurantAssociates are creating some yummy cocktails for this Wednesday’s Boston Grown-Ups Museum (21+) event. It will be a bloody good time…buy your tickets now! bostongrown-upsmuseum.eventbrite.com

A joint award was bestowed upon Carole Charnow, president and CEO, Boston Children's Museum and Anita Walker, executive ...
04/22/2019

A joint award was bestowed upon Carole Charnow, president and CEO, Boston Children's Museum and Anita Walker, executive director, Mass Cultural Council for enriching the community by providing access to the arts across the Commonwealth through the EBT Card to Culture program. (L-R:) Anita Walker, executive director, Mass Cultural Council; Carole Charnow, president and CEO, Boston Children's Museum and Robert Chambers, Associate Vice President, Community and Government Relations, Berklee College of Music - 160 Mass Ave.

We are partnering with local nonprofit, Cradles to Crayons Massachusetts, to collect donations of essential items for ch...
04/22/2019

We are partnering with local nonprofit, Cradles to Crayons Massachusetts, to collect donations of essential items for children living in low-income or homeless situations. Clean out your closets and bring new & gently used clothing, shoes, and books to the Museum through May 3. This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and keep re-usable items out of our landfills while supporting families in our communities! #BostonCollectAndSort

04/22/2019

We're proud to partner with Citizens Bank to ensure the communities we serve are set up for a strong financial future! In the program, students role-play working, discuss important community roles and jobs, and “spend” their money at the local barber shop, flower store, corner market, and restaurant. Together, they explore the many ways that members of a community rely on each other for goods and services. #FinLit

The Museum will close early on Thursday, April 25 at 3:00pm.
04/20/2019

The Museum will close early on Thursday, April 25 at 3:00pm.

Boston Grown-Ups Museum (21+) is coming (4/24)!! Buy your tickets now!! BostonGrown-UpsMuseum.eventbrite.com
04/19/2019

Boston Grown-Ups Museum (21+) is coming (4/24)!! Buy your tickets now!! BostonGrown-UpsMuseum.eventbrite.com

It is TJX $1 Friday - Museum admission is $1 for each visitor from 5:00 - 9:00pm. Check out Boston Youth Symphony Orches...
04/19/2019

It is TJX $1 Friday - Museum admission is $1 for each visitor from 5:00 - 9:00pm. Check out Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra at 6:30pm and Movement Storytime with Urbanity Dance at 7:45pm. https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar

Congratulations to Devon Armstrong March 2019 Best of the Best Visitor Experience Associate (VEA) - Cashier Membership a...
04/18/2019

Congratulations to Devon Armstrong March 2019 Best of the Best Visitor Experience Associate (VEA) - Cashier Membership award winner. Devon started at the Museum in April 2016 and said he loves working with members at the Admissions Desk. He also enjoys working in the Japanese House and Kidstage. Devon’s hobbies include playing board games, computer games and multi-player card games.

Now that you have survived the first episode of Game of Thrones, who do you think will win the Iron Throne? Too stressed...
04/17/2019
BOSTON GROWN-UPS MUSEUM

Now that you have survived the first episode of Game of Thrones, who do you think will win the Iron Throne?

Too stressed to discuss, get your tickets to the next episode of BostonGrown-UpsMuseum.eventbrite.com (21+) on Wednesday, April 24 6:30-10:00pm!

This Event Has No Name…but it does have dragons!! Create your own Laser Cut Dragon, discover your own Family Crest or design a brand new one and participate in our Archery Challenge. Many more fun adventures will be had on Wednesday, April 24th for our next episode of Boston Grown-Ups Museum! This...

Thank you to our Boston Marathon runners, Lauren, Julie, and Anri. They raised the critical funds necessary for all chil...
04/16/2019

Thank you to our Boston Marathon runners, Lauren, Julie, and Anri. They raised the critical funds necessary for all children to experience the wonder and joy of Boston Children's Museum. A shout out to all who cheered for them in their training and completion of the 26.2 miles. Special thanks to John Hancock

04/15/2019

And they’re off! Runners Anri, Julie and Lauren are tackling the #BostonMarathon today in support of Boston Children’s Museum! If you see them on the course, be sure to cheer them on!

The wait is over...Happy Game of Thrones Day! “Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.” - George R.R. Mar...
04/14/2019

The wait is over...Happy Game of Thrones Day! “Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.” - George R.R. Martin.

Don't wait to get your tickets for the next episode of Boston Grown-Ups Museum (21+) on Wednesday, April 24. This Event Has No Name…but it does have dragons!! Smuttynose Brewing Company, Bartaco, Roxy's Grilled Cheese Tickets are still available BostonGrown-UpsMuseum.eventbrite.com

“Past a certain point, all the dates grow hazy and confused, and the clarity of history becomes the fog of legend.” ...
04/13/2019
BOSTON GROWN-UPS MUSEUM

“Past a certain point, all the dates grow hazy and confused, and the clarity of history becomes the fog of legend.” - George R.R. Martin. Did you get tickets for Boston Grown-Ups Museum (21+) on 4/24? They are selling fast. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door. BostonGrown-UpsMuseum.eventbrite.com

This Event Has No Name…but it does have dragons!! Create your own Laser Cut Dragon, discover your own Family Crest or design a brand new one and participate in our Archery Challenge. Many more fun adventures will be had on Wednesday, April 24th for our next episode of Boston Grown-Ups Museum! This...

Stories come alive during April Vacation Week 4/16-4/20. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are t...
04/12/2019

Stories come alive during April Vacation Week 4/16-4/20. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, and more. Everyone has a story – enjoy some from others and share your own! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPiVZCKj7Mo

This is what they trained for! In just a few days, our #BostonMarathon runners will lace up in Hopkinton! Are you ready ...
04/12/2019

This is what they trained for! In just a few days, our #BostonMarathon runners will lace up in Hopkinton! Are you ready to cheer them on? Show your support for our team with a gift today. https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/2019-bcm

It is TJX $1 Friday - Museum admission is $1 for each visitor from 5:00 - 9:00pm. Check out KidStage and take in a play ...
04/12/2019

It is TJX $1 Friday - Museum admission is $1 for each visitor from 5:00 - 9:00pm. Check out KidStage and take in a play - "Arthur Builds a Treehouse" at 6:30pm and "Plate of Cookies" at 7:30pm https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar

Tell Me A Story: April Vacation WeekTuesday, April 16 – Saturday, April 20Stories come alive during April Vacation Wee...
04/11/2019

Tell Me A Story: April Vacation Week
Tuesday, April 16 – Saturday, April 20

Stories come alive during April Vacation Week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, and more. Everyone has a story – enjoy some from others and share your own! https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar/tell-me-story-april-vacation-week-14

Enlist now and become a member of the Nights Watch, help protect the Seven Realms and defend the Wall.  Nights Watch tra...
04/10/2019

Enlist now and become a member of the Nights Watch, help protect the Seven Realms and defend the Wall. Nights Watch training begins at the upcoming Boston Grown-Ups Museum (21+) on Wednesday, April 24th. Advance tickets are required bostongrown-upsmuseum.eventbrite.com

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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.

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