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In a city whose history spans four centuries, it's no surprise that Boston is home to over 40 museums celebrating the artistic, scientific and historic endeavors of the human spirit embodied in the lives of extraordinary people.

The Museum of Fine Arts is home to masterpieces from some of the greatest artists in the world—ranking 45 of the top 100 most visited museums in the world; the former home of Paul Revere is Boston's oldest building and is now a living museum from the colonial era; and life in outer space in within the imagination's reach beneath the starry dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium—just one of several features of the Museum of Science.

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Boston Athenæum
  • Boston Athenæum
  • Entering a library and going from a confusing, noisy, and hectic world to one of complete serenity, order, and calm is a strange sensation.
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Boston Children's Museum
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Perhaps your young ones are expecting a little bit of their kind of fun while strolling the streets of Boston? What about a 4,500 square foot indoor playground, or a rock-climbing wall designed just...
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Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame
Harvard Art Museum
  • Harvard Art Museum
  • There's something about seeing a great work of art in person that just can't compare to flipping through an art history textbook.
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Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • The Harvard Museum of Natural History originated just over ten years ago, as the result of a merge between the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum.
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Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Entering the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) on Boston's waterfront, visitors are greeted by an enormous mural called The Divine Gas by Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima, a piece that manages to set the tone for the entire museum.
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • New Years Day 1903 commenced the legacy of Isabella Stewart Gardner's avant-garde art exposition. A dedicated traveler, collector, and art advocate, Isabella Stewart Gardner designed her museum specifically to her taste.
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Museum of Afro-American History
  • Museum of Afro-American History
  • In the 19th century, Beacon Hill was the core of the African American community in Boston. The nation's oldest African American church (also known as the Meeting House) and school still stand here today, collectively known now as the Museum of Afro-American History.
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Museum of Fine Arts
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Museum of Fine Arts is Boston's premier art institution, showcasing a world-class collection within an ambiance of architectural grandeur.
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Museum of Science
  • Museum of Science
  • Since the late 1800s, the Museum of Science has prided itself on a prestigious collection of internationally-renowned exhibits. Don't be intimidated by the title though, as you don't need to be a science buff to enjoy this museum -- the displays are accessible for all visitors.
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New England Aquarium
  • New England Aquarium
  • At the New England Aquarium, you can meet old, majestic sea turtles, intimidating sand tiger sharks, mysterious jellyfish, clownish Northern Fur and Atlantic Harbor seals, and many other diverse creatures of the sea.
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Nichols House Museum
  • Nichols House Museum
  • A snapshot of a memory may pale in comparison to the actual event, but, in the Nichols House Museum, curators have done everything possible to freeze time and preserve the 19th century townhouse. Today, the house provides a window to everyday when the house belonged to Rose Standish Nichols.
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Paul Revere House
  • Paul Revere House
  • "The British are coming!" is usually the first thought that comes to mind when you think about Paul Revere, but there is certainly more to the fabled Revolutionary man.
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Peabody Museum
  • Peabody Museum
  • The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, over 130 years old, is one of the many culturally enriching gems of Harvard University.
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USS Constitution Museum
  • USS Constitution Museum
  • Boston is a city known for being alive with history, thanks to many different projects and programs that seek to remind the public of Boston's long and varied past.
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