The 9 Best Science Centers in Massachusetts!

It’s a given, really. With the number of top colleges and universities in Massachusetts, it simply makes sense that the state is home to some of the best science centers in the country. Here are our nine favorite science centers in the Bay State. 

1. Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Featuring exhibits and hands-on experiences, visitors at the Museum of Science can learn about dinosaurs, the human body, electricity, engineering, math, transportation and so much more. Take in a film at the IMAX theater and check the website for updated exhibits.

2. South Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell, MA

A nonprofit organization that educates the public on the natural science on the south shore, the South Shore Natural Science Center encourages good stewardship toward all natural resources. Check the website for scheduled shows. The center is open year-round.

3. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Waltham, MA

Serving as the hub of the Massachusetts life sciences ecosystem, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center also works on promising treatments that enhance patient care. The center is key in Massachusetts maintaining its world leadership position in life sciences.

4. Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Nahant, MA

Featuring programs for children in grades K-12, as well as for the public, the Northeastern University Marine Science Center offers guided tours. Visitors learn about the marine and environmental research that is taking place on site.

5. Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center, Milton, MA

Offering both public and scheduled group tours, the Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center is the oldest weather observatory in the country. Peruse weather archives and a photo gallery, and learn about the latest in weather research.

6. Harvard University Science Center, Cambridge, MA

Contact the Harvard University Science Center for information on how you or your school or group can visit and learn about the latest innovations in the studies of science. The space is normally only accessible to Harvard Students, but reach out to the center to arrange something!  

7. MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA

Located on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the MIT Museum features exhibits on science, technology, holography, architecture, design, and more. The museum is open daily, and special programs for schools and groups are available.

8. The Discovery Museums, Acton, MA

Designed for children, the Discovery Museums include a science discovery museum and discovery exhibits, located on a 4.5-acre campus. Check the website for updated exhibits and classes.

9. EcoTarium, Worcester, MA

A museum of science and nature, EcoTarium is a hands-on indoor/outdoor museum designed for families. Three floors of interactive exhibits and experiences await all ages, and include an animal habitat.

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