Boston Children s Museum
For over 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community. Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.
It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum focuses on three key areas of expertise: visitor programs, teacher resources and early childhood education.
Since its founding by teachers a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. We welcome visiting groups from schools, community groups, afterschool programs, childcare centers, and even colleges and corporations to roll up their sleeves, learn together, and interact with our world-class exhibits and staff. We support learning by providing real objects and direct experiences that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning. Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious!
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For information about organizing your visit, reservations, and policies please explore the sections below.
You can start a reservation right now by clicking the Request a Reservation here or by calling our Groups Coordinator between 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. We recommend initiating reservation at least two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Groups Coordinator at 617-426-6500 x405 or e-mail GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org
Boston Children’s Museum offers two types of group visits:
Do-It-Yourself Visits and Program Visits. Both types of visits are eligible for sponsorship.
Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits
Cost: $10 per student
Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits offer groups the opportunity to explore our many exhibits and public programs at their own pace, following the childrens’ curiosity and imagination. Children and their chaperones are likely to discover some very thought–provoking activities—and in doing so develop lifelong interests and skills.
Boston Children’s Museum offers several educational programs suitable for children in grades 1 and up. We offer one hour and two hour programs, hands-on experiences and a place where children’s imagination and creativity is encouraged through play and educational activities.
Single Program Visits
Cost: $13 per student (50 student maximum)
Single Program Visits consist of a one-hour educator-led program and one hour of do-it-yourself museum exploration.Double Program Visit
Cost: $18.50 per student (50 student maximum)
Double Program Visits consists of two different programs, one hour each, and a bonus hour of Museum exploration.
Please note: Double Program Visits cannot be sponsored.
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A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
“Always a fabulous culmination of our Japan unit.”
“Educator is knowledgeable, patient, organized, prepared and clear!”
Take off your shoes and step into an authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan! Your students will experience a typical day for a Japanese child and will discover what customs, artifacts, and aspects of home and school life in Japan are similar to, and different from their own.
We provide cultural immersion and hands-on activities in the Kyo-no-Machiya (the Japanese House) using contemporary stories, objects, and images.
Age recommendation: Grades 1 – 6. Specially arranged programs are also available for Grades 7 through 12. Adaptations to connect with your curriculum may be available.
Standards Met: History and Social Science: 1.1, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9,G6 NEA
English Language Arts: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 4.3
Balls & Tracks
“Staff is knowledgeable and engaging. The program is simple enough to understand, but with opportunities for complexity and thought.” —Ken A., 2nd grade teacher
“Students had a wonderful time and learned how to work together, to test their creations on a regular basis and that science is FUN!” —Carol M., 5th grade teacher
After observing gravity, friction and momentum in action in the Raceways exhibit, your class will work in groups to design their own unique Raceways track. Kids are the engineers as each team of students designs a roller coaster track using only the materials given to them. In addition to putting their problem-solving skills to work, your students will improve their teamwork abilities. The design challenges will be adjusted to suit your grade.
Age recommendation: Grades 2 and up
Money Matters is an early financial literacy program designed especially for students in grades K-4. In this exciting one-hour program, students can role-play as wage earners in our Boston Black exhibit, discuss important community roles and jobs, and “spend” the money they’re earning at the local barber shop, flower store, corner market and restaurant. Together as a group they will explore the many ways that members of a community rely on each other for goods and services. This program aligns with Massachusetts Standards in both Economics and Mathematics.
Age recommendation:Grades K-4
If objects could talk…
Boston Children’s Museum has been collecting objects from around the world for nearly 100 years. In this new school program for Grades 2-4, we invite students to put on white gloves and take a closer look at the Museum’s collections. We’ll open our eyes to just how much we can learn from careful observation of a single cultural artifact and what it tells us about its origins: Who made this? What is it for? What is it made of? Is it old or new? Where is it from? What makes you think so?
This multidisciplinary program will feature selected collections pieces representing Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia, and Africa*. Using a variety of media, students will explore the geography and culture behind the objects, how form fits function, and common threads across the human experience. Students will then incorporate these concepts into an original 2D or 3D work of art inspired by their observations.
Age recommendation:Grades 2-4, Grade 5 by special arrangement
Alignment with Massachusetts frameworks:
Visual Arts for K-4: 1.2, 2.5, 3.1, 6.1, 8.1
History and Geography: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.4
*A note to educators: we have some flexibility to select objects that align with your classroom units and grade frameworks; for example, we sometimes can accommodate requests for Native American or Chinese objects. Call or email us for more information.
Boston Children s Museum Hours
Open every day 10am – 5pm
Fridays 10am – 9pm
Effective July 1, 2012, our prices will be as follows:
Children (1-15): $14
Children (0-12 months): FREE
Target Fridays: $1 from 5pm to 9pm
The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Museum closes at 3pm on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve.
The Museum opens at noon on New Year’s Day.
NOTE: Children younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Adults unaccompanied by children must leave proper photo identification at the Admissions Desk. Examples: State Driver’s License or Passport