Places to Visit: Museums, Aquariums, Historical Sites and Science Centers

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Remember to check local libraries for museum passes!

Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated (ASTCI)
Passport Program
If you are a member of a science center participating in the ASTC Passport Program, you and your family can receive free admission to over 200 science centers and museums around the world. Museums that do not charge regular admission offer alternative benefits such as store discounts or free parking. Click here for more details.
From their website:
" is a free performing arts marketplace that will spark connections between New England's performing artists, presenters and communities."

Museums in the USA
Very large list of museums around the country

American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA
An independent research library founded in 1812 whose collections document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

American Diner Museum
P.O. Box 6022
Providence, RI 02940
(401) 331-8575 ext 102
"The Museum will be a tribute to the individuals who built, operated and worked in the diners and to those who continue the diner tradition into the 21st century."

American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA
A view of American life through art, history and the science of textiles.

Attleboro Area Industrial Museum
Attleboro, MA
(508) 222-3918

Attleboro Arts Museum
Attleboro, MA
(508) 222-2644

Battleship Cove
Fall River, MA
(508) 678-1100
The World's largest exhibit of historic fighting ships including WWII battleship Massachusetts, destroyers, attack subs, PT boats, Russian missile crafts and T28 trainer plane.

Blackstone Valley Tours
c/o Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
175 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI
(401) 724-2200
Offers numerous options for touring and learning about the Blackstone Valley in Rhode Island including tours by canal boat, surrey, train, trolley, walking, car, pontoon boat and air!

Boston by Foot
From May through October, Boston By Foot presents daily, regularly scheduled walking tours and prearranged private group tours which highlight Boston's rich heritage of architecture and history. Various locations. Recorded Tour Information:
(617) 367-3766; general Information: (617) 367-2345
Mailing Address: Boston By Foot, Inc., 77 North Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114

Boston by Little Feet
This child's-eye view of the Freedom Trail's architecture and history is especially designed for young walkers of 6 to 12 years. A free Explorer's Map and Guide is included. Monday 10:00 am, Saturday 10:00 am, Sunday 2:00 pm. Meet your guide in front of Faneuil Hall, at the Samuel Adams statue, on Congress Street. 60 minutes. Cost is $6.00 per person.

Boston Fire Museum
344 Congress Street
Boston, MA
(617) 482-1344

The Butterfly Place
Westford, MA
(978) 392-0955
Indoor butterfly habitat.

Charles River Museum of Industry
Waltham, MA
(781) 893-5410

The Children's Museum
Boston, MA
(617) 426-8855
Fridays, 5-9 p.m., admission is only $1, per person

The Children's Museum - Hartford, CT
West Hartford, CT
(860) 231-2824

Children's Museum at Holyoke
444 Dwight Street
Holyoke, MA

The Children's Museum of Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
P.O. Box 417
North Easton, MA
(508) 230-3789

Concord Museum
Concord, MA
(978) 369-9763
Collection of historic items and educational classes

Danforth Museum of Art
Framingham, MA
(508) 620-0050

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Lincoln, MA
(781) 259-8355
Art museum

Dinosaur State Park
Rocky Hill, CT
Dinosaur tracks, museum, walking trails, track casting area

The Discovery Museums
The Children's Discovery Museum
The Science Discovery Museum
Acton, MA
(978) 264-4200

Worcester, MA
(508) 929.2700
Center for Environmental Exploration
Environmental science and astronomy programs, as well overnight adventures, are available to groups of homeschoolers as well as school classes. You can find out more about these at

Explore & Discover: A Museum School Partnership
at Bernat Mills
off Route 16
Uxbridge, MA

Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street
Fitchburg, MA
Many types of classes available

Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA
(508) 588-6000
Custom coordinated workshops and guided tours are available. The museum will work with group leaders to plan workshops that suite the interests, skill level, curriculum, and schedule for the particular group. A nature path is located on site, and a letterboxing activity can take participants along the path and around the sculptures on the grounds. The museum is adjacent to D.W. Field Park in Brockton, another creation of Frederick Law Olmstead. A nice day can be made of visiting both the museum and the park. Contact: Diane Park, Education Associate, 508-588-6000 x125, or email

Fruitlands, The Museum of the New England Landscape
Harvard, MA
(978) 456-3924

Garden in the Woods
Framingham, MA
(508) 877-7630
(508) 877-6574 (24-hour taped information)

Gertrude Warner Boxcar Museum and Education Center
Putnam, CT
Gertrude Warner was a grade school teacher and author of the "Boxcar" series of childrens books. The Historical Society of Putnam has renovated an old boxcar to be a musuem depicting both the characters of her books and the home
atmosphere of where she would have written her books.

Gore Place
Waltham, MA
(781) 894-2798
The mansion at Gore Place was built in 1806 and served as a summer home for Christopher Gore, the 7th Governor of Massachusetts, and his family. Gore Place offers several educational programs and family events throughout the year.

Great Falls Discovery Area
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA
(413) 863-3221
Museum about the Connecticut River Watershed; explore the habitats through
beautiful dioramas and meet some of the common and rare species we share
these habitats with. Interactive computer exhibit; views of the canal and
river; and live aquatic exhibits. Groups welcome. Open Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and by appointment.

Hammond Castle Museum
Gloucester, MA
(978) 283-7673
"John Hays Hammond, Jr. built his medieval-style castle between the years 1926 and 1929 to serve both as his home and as a backdrop for his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. In addition, the building housed the Hammond Research Corporation, from which Dr. Hammond produced over 400 patents and the ideas for over 800 inventions." Explore the castle on a self-guided tour of eight rooms, and walk the castle grounds with a view of the Atlantic shore line.

The Hands-On Art Museum
P.O. Box 1244
3 Lancaster Road
Shirley, MA
(978) 425-6161
The Museum's mission is to make art a part of every day life. A children's art museum where paint, pastels, glue, recyclables and much more are at your fingertips. Five special projects change monthly. Walk in and create! Ask about group visits, free workshops, scout badge work, sleepovers, birthday parties. Ages 3+.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-3045

Higgins Armory Museum
Worcester, MA
(508) 853-6015
Museum dedicated to the collection of arms and armor

Lowell National Historic Park
Lowell, MA
Visitor Information (978) 970-5000
The history of America's Industrial Revolution is commemorated in Lowell, Massachusetts. Guided tours tell the story of the transition from farm to factory, chronicle immigrant and labor history and trace industrial technology. The park includes textile mills, worker housing, 5.6 miles of canals, and 19th-century commercial buildings.

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