Museums in Massachusetts


Worcester Historical Museum Visit for Four, Six, or Eight (50% Off)

Worcester Historical Museum

Worcester Historical Museum

Library with 7,000 titles and exhibits with items such as Civil War–era diaries and colonial weapons highlight Worcester history

$20 $10

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Visit for Adults and Children to Four Springfield Museums (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Springfield Museums

Springfield Museums

One ticket gets you admission into four museums, including art, history, and science museums

$36 $20

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General Admission for 2, 4, 6, or 10 to The New Bedford Museum of Glass (Up to 60% Off)

The New Bedford Museum of Glass

New Bedford

Permanent collections and rotating exhibits showcase around 7,000 pieces of glass art spanning more than 3,000 years of worldwide history

$10 $5

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Fuller Craft Museum Visit for Two, Guided Tour for Four, or Annual Membership for One (Up to 50% Off)

Fuller Craft Museum

Brockton

Rotating, eclectic exhibits of drawing, sculpture, and other art and functional craft forms; membership with workshop discounts

$16 $10

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Visit for Two or Four or Individual or Family Membership at Cape Cod Museum of Art (Up to 50% Off)

Cape Cod Museum of Art

Dennis

Galleries highlight art from Cape Cod and the islands, from pastel-colored impressionist landscapes to bold abstract expressionist canvases

$18 $11

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Four Full-Day Admissions or Annual Membership for Two at Griffin Photography Museum (Up to 53% Off)

Griffin Museum of Photography

Winchester Center

Three galleries showcase up-and-coming photographers, in addition to well-known contemporary artists and celebrity photographers.

$28 $14

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Individual or Family Membership to The Museum of Old Newbury (Up to 42% Off)

The Museum of Old Newbury

Newburyport

Use your membership to visit the Museum grounds and library, and get discounts on gifts and special programming

$30 $19

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Admission for Two or Four to Cape Cod Children's Museum (44% Off)

Cape Cod Children's Museum

Mashpee

More than 20 interactive exhibits include a tree house, music room, and pirate ship

$16 $9

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$37 for One-Year Membership for Two Children to Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum ($75 Value)

Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum

Cohasset

Kids ages 1 to 6 explore educationally-themed playsets and touchable exhibits

$75 $37

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Admission for Two or Four to the The Mapparium (Up to 50% Off)

The Mapparium

The Mary Baker Eddy Library

the three-story stained-glass globe hosts a musical presentation inside the sphere, complete with LED lights

$24 $12

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$19.99 for Admission for Two at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ($30 Value)

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Boston

Explore a unique art collection spanning thousands of years inside a building that resembles a palace; new wing by architect Renzo Piano

$30 $19.99

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Admission or Membership to The Old State House - America's Revolutionary Museum (70% Off)

RevolutionaryBoston at the Old State House

Downtown

Experience the American Revolution through Revolutionary-era artifacts & live performances, then tour the Boston Massacre site out front

$20 $12

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It's hard to believe Isabella Stewart Gardner passed away more than 90 years ago. Her spirit is still very much present within the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where the entirety of her collection?more than 30 centuries worth of artwork?remains on permanent display. Ms. Gardner thought that a walk through the museum should be a kind of artwork in itself, which is why she placed the paintings, sculptures, and other objects in ways that would give them new meaning for visitors.

  • Size: In a historic palace, three floors showcase more than 2,500 works from ancient Rome to 19th Century America?including a new wing that hosts special exhibitions, concerts, and lectures
  • Eye Catcher: A breathtaking courtyard juxtaposed by a new wing by architect Renzo Piano
  • A Museum Self-Portrait: meet the museum's founder face to face in the Gothic Room, where her 1888 portrait hangs from the wall
  • Don't Miss: Look down in the courtyard to see a tile mosaic imported from a Second Century villa in Rome
  • The Building: The museum's look and floor plan recall that of a 15th-century Venetian palace, along with a Renzo Piano?designed wing
  • Special Programs: Lectures on landscape and architecture, museum exhibitions, live musical performances in styles from classical to jazz, and an artist-in-residence program
280 Fenway
Boston,
MA
US

The Worcester Historical Museum showcases local history with a library of 7,000 titles and exhibits full of artifacts such as Civil War?era diaries, colonial weapons, and antique textiles. The museum also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions, which have included students' artwork honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and stories from industry innovators, workers, and investors throughout Worcester's history.

30 Elm St
Worcester,
MA
US

Springfield Museums showcases a sculpture garden honoring Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), who was raised in Springfield. All four buildings are centrally located around the scenic view of a quadrangle.

Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

  • Most nostalgic images: the Currier & Ives prints at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the only museum with a permanent gallery dedicated to their lithographs
  • Artists featured in the French Impressionist exhibit: Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Gauguin
  • The setting: The museum is housed in an Art Deco?style estate and opened in 1934

George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

  • Best way to try on armor without traveling back in time: the Asian-themed Art Discovery Center for kids
  • Why even the windows are masterpieces: Not all the museum's art is framed or behind velvet ropes; some of it is incorporated right into the building's design. The Tiffany Glass Company specially designed intricate windows for the museum, and they're the only museum-specific Tiffany windows to survive today.
  • Most unusual feature: The ashes of George Smith and his wife are interred on the second floor.

Springfield Science Museum

  • Two big scientific events of 1859: Springfield Museums received its first exhibit donations and Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species
  • Kids will love: the full-size T-rex replica in the dinosaur exhibit
  • The next best thing to being an astronaut: touching the outer-space rocks in Astronomy Hall

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

  • Founded: 2009?it's the newest of all the museums
  • What you'll see: items from Springfield in the 19th and 20th centuries, including a Rolls-Royces and Indian motorcycles manufactured in Springfield.
  • What you won't see: proof that this is the Springfield in The Simpsons
  • Museum within a museum: The exhibits of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum have been moved here.
21 Edwards St.
Springfield,
MA
US

Named by the Boston Globe as New England's greatest university collection of artworks, the Harvard Art Museums are three distinct museums—the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums—that together provide visitors with an astounding array of creative work. Re-View, the permanent exhibition highlighting the best of each museum, cuts a slice out of the collection to show rare treasures alongside well-known works ranging from Islamic to Asian, painting to calligraphy, and ancient to contemporary. Peruse a full queue of exhibitions, including one about the use of illusion in art and how it can confuse seeing-eye dogs.

485 Broadway
Cambridge,
MA
US

It would take months of sea travel, extensive scuba certifications, and fluency in several crustacean dialects to find—let alone interact with—all the creatures found in Ocean Explorium's interactive exhibits. The science center emphasizes environmental stewardship and scientific literacy through several educational habitats such as touch tanks of local aquatic wildlife—including New Bedford's world-famous scallops and schools of rays and sharks. The Living Laboratory exhibit brings visitors face to face with sea creatures such as baby sharks, shark egg cases, coral farm, and moon jellies. Beyond the up-close encounters with denizens of the deep, Ocean Explorium also enlightens patrons with a variety of non-living displays. The Explorer's Zone presents scientific experiments that reveal the workings of the natural world through hands-on exhibits themed around different weekly topics, and Discovery Bay enthralls children aged eight or younger with games, puzzles, and a sand and water table. Advanced computers construct a three-dimensional image of our home planet as it appears from outer space in the Science on a Sphere exhibit, displaying global weather patterns in real time or replaying natural phenomena from history, such as the time it rained men.

174 Union St
New Bedford,
MA
US

With its lofty ceilings, slate floors, natural wood beams, and floor-to-ceiling windows that give sunlight some rare exposure to high culture, the building that houses the Fuller Craft Museum is itself a work of art. The 21,000-square-foot structure is surrounded by a 22-acre campus, which is itself surrounded by some 700 acres of woodland. It's a place to easily lose an afternoon in exploration and contemplation.

Across this wide-open space, creativity flows naturally. Exhibitions, galleries, and workshops showcase the mesmerizing craftsmanship of woodworking, sculpture, bookmaking, and many other forms, exploring the materials, techniques, and expression poured into each piece. Interactive attractions draw visitors deeper into the creative process. Letterboxing, for instance, challenges them to search the property for hidden treasures by following clues instead of just lazily asking a neighborhood pirate.

455 Oak St.
Brockton,
MA
US