Family-Friendly Museums on the Massachusetts North Shore & Boston 

New England winter can be a tough time to keep little ones entertained and active. Thankfully, Boston and the communities of the North Shore of Massachusetts have plenty of indoor museums that are family-friendly and welcome the exploration of the inquiring minds of children. 

From hands-on exhibits to active experimentation and from creative play to exploring a new interest, the museums in our area are exceptionally well-equipped to handle little hands, curious minds and sometimes big messes. Let’s look at some of the most popular child-friendly museums to visit with your little ones this winter. 


North Shore Children’s Museum 

Located at 10 Main Street in Peabody, Massachusetts in the heart of the North Shore, the North Shore Children’s Museum (NSCM) is the perfect respite from winter and a place to encourage your child to learn through play and exploration. 

With 15 hands-on exhibits including Farm to Table, Sensory Play, Gross Motor Skills, and more, NSCM offers the perfect amount of education and imagination for children and their families. The NSCM calendar shows a comprehensive list of activities and exhibitions that are sure to entertain even the pickiest of children. 

Reserve your tickets online for a full day of play. It’s a great way to beat back cabin fever at those winter blues. 

Museum of Science 

Located at 1 Science Park in Boston, along the Charles River, The Museum of Science is a nature and science museum and indoor zoological establishment. With Omni IMAX films, a planetarium, featured exhibits and permanent exhibits, children and families will want to re-visit this museum to continue exploring. 

One of the best things about the Museum of Science is that it is never the same place twice. Each season brings new exhibits for families to experience the latest in science, technology, and more. 

Reserve your tickets today. 


New England Aquarium 

Located along Boston’s Wharf, The New England Aquarium is more than just a cool place to observe sea life. It is a place to see, touch, learn and explore the world under the sea and how humans are impacting it daily. 

Visit exhibits such as the Harbor Seals, the Shark & Ray Touch Tank, the Marine Mammal Center, Sea Jellies, Penguin Colony and so much more. Spend your day learning about all the marine species displayed at the Aquarium as well as species being studied by scientists including Right Whales, sea turtles and sharks. 

Many visitors just enjoy watching the African Penguin Colony in the lobby area of the Aquarium or walking around the Giant Ocean Tank, there are so many exhibits to keep your children enthused and learning. 

Boston Children's MuseumBoston Children’s Museum 

Play, explore and learn at Boston Children’s Museum. Located at 308 Congress Street in Boston, The BCM is a perfect place to explore with your child. 

With award-winning exhibits specially designed for children and programs that incorporate STEM learning, literacy, arts, health, and more, the Boston Children’s Museum is a must-visit on your list of family-friendly museums. 

Reserve your tickets today as the museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Advance tickets/reservations are highly recommended, especially during weekends, holidays and school vacation weeks.

Wenham Museum 

Located on Main Street in Wenham, Massachusetts, The Wenham Museum may be small but its exhibits can pack a punch. 

From the children’s room on the lower level with an amazing train display to the first-period home on the first level, there is so much to see and do.

The Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the earliest dwellings on the North Shore. Self-guided tours allow families to explore what life was like in the 16th Century. Stretch your child’s imagination of what it was really like to live so long ago and without today’s conveniences such as technology and running water! 

Boston and the surrounding community are lucky to have some of the best children’s museums to explore over and over. Revere, Massachusetts is home to economical hotels and dining establishments making us a convenient and cost-effective headquarters as you visit each of these museums this winter.