Tell me about the Boston Museum of Science

There is something for everyone at the Boston Museum of Science! It’s a place where visitors can have fun with science and learn at the same time. Play games, experiment, view exhibits, watch demonstrations, watch movies, and see lightning and stars.

The Boston Museum of science features amazing exhibits, activities, demonstrations and more. A terrific amount of subjects are presented in interesting and engaging ways. It is a museum suitable for all ages. There is so much to see and do, you can come again and again and never be bored.

The “Human Body Connection” is always a hit. It features displays and activities to learn about how the human body works. Connections with other living things can be explored by observing baby chicks and tamarin monkeys. To learn more about human biology, check out “How Your Life Began” and “Human Evolution.” Or learn about medical imaging technology at “Beyond the X-Ray.”

At “Science in the Park” you can swing, run, jump, twirl, and play. Hop on a swing to see how much time it takes to go back and forth, balance on a seesaw for an understanding of levers, race balls on different types of slides and find out their relative speed.

Do you love animals? In “A Bird’s World” you can find specimens of every bird in New England. Watch bees through a glassed-in wall at the “Bees” exhibit. View the beauty of nature in the tropical “Butterfly Garden.” Experience the sights and sounds of “New England Habitats,” amazing dioramas including landscapes, birds, beaches, and ocean cliffs.

Learn about new technologies at the “Cahners Computerplace” where you can look inside a computer, build electronic inventions, and train a robot dog. Wind energy is the focus of “Catching the Wind,” “Innovative Engineers” highlights engineering leaders, and “The Computing Revolution” is devoted to the history of computing.

Younger visitors, birth to age eight (accompanied by their grownups) will have fun at the Discovery Center” with age appropriate hands-on activities. Children can explore physical science, natural history, and technology as they make discoveries through play.

Listed above are just some of the many permanent exhibits at the Museum. There are also temporary exhibits which always provide something new and interesting. “The Science of Fear,” “Baseball as America”, and “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids” are examples of previous exhibits.

In addition to all the exhibits the Museum has a 3D Digital Cinema, a Planetarium, and an IMAX theater showing movies and laser shows. Visitors can also see live presentations, some of which change periodically. A perennial favorite (as long as you’re not afraid of loud noises) is “Electricity!” where you can see a demonstration of lightning generated by the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator.

The website for the museum has a lot of useful information. Look for descriptions of exhibits and use their “trip planner” function to make sure you get to see your favorites. You will also find schedules, prices and directions.

No matter what your age or interest you can always find something fascinating and fun at the Boston Museum of Science.