Field trip ideas for Massachussetts:
New Hampshire Homeschooling Resources
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Adams Street, Quincy, MA
- Adams National Historic Site
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. 5 p.m., April 19 - November 10
Home of the Adams family from 1788 to 1927, original furnishings
Ancient & Honorable Artillery Armory Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA 02109
Armenian Library Museum 65 Main St., Watertown, MA.
Atrium Museum 1840 Trapelo Rd., Waltham, MA.
Blue Hills Trailside Museum 1904 Canton Ave., Milton, MA.
Boston Marine Society 1st & 6th Ave # 32., Charlestown,MA.
Boston Massacre Site By Old State House, 206 Washington
Location of the Massacre of 1770, marked by a circle of cobblestones
Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum Congress Street Bridge.,
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults $3.25, ages 5-12 $2.25, under 5 free, group rates
Replica of Tea Party ship near site of tax protest that occurred in 1773, audiovisual show
Brocton Art Museum-Fuller Memorial 455 Oak Street, Brockton
Hours: Tues. - Sun. noon - 5 p.m., Closed major holidays Admission: $2, children $1
Brookline Historical Society 347 Harvard St., Brookline, MA.
Buckman Tavern 1 Bedford St., Lexington, MA.
Bunker Hill Museum 43 Monument Sq., Charlestown, MA.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bunker Hill Monument located on Breed's Hill, center of the Battle of
Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775)
Bunker Hill Pavilion 55 Constitution Rd., Charlestown, MA.
Cahoon Museum of American Art, 4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit
Hours: Wed - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 1 - 4 p.m., Closed major holidays
Admission: $2.50, under 12 free
Callahan Associates 50 Cross St., Winchester, MA.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Inc. Route 6A, Brewster
Hours: Tues. - Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 12:30 - 4:30p.m.
Closed major holidays
Admission: $2.50, children 6-14 $1.50, under 6 free
Cape Museum of Fine Arts Theater Marketplace, Dennis
Hours: Wed. - Sat. noon - 5 p.m.Admission: Free
Description: new and works from permanent collection
Captain Forbes House Museum 215 Adams St., Milton, MA.
Cardinal Spellman Museum Regis 235 Wellesley St # 2., Weston, MA.
Hours: Tues. -Thur. 9 a.m. -4 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5 p.m., Closed holidays
Admission: Free; Changing exhibits - stamp and postal memorabilia
Carriage House Paper Museum 8 Evans Rd., Brookline, MA.
Charles River Museum-Industry 154 Moody St., Waltham, MA.
Children's Museum 300 Congress St., Boston, MA.
Children's Museum of Dartmouth Mass
276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
Museum Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Admission $3.75 per person Infants under 1 yr. free (Closed Mondays during the school
Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Ave, PO Box 417, North Easton, MA 02356
Museum Hours: Tue - Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat and Sun 12 p.m. -5 p.m.
Admission $6.00 per person, members and infants under 1 yr. free
The Children's Museum in Easton (CME) is an educational, cultural, and social learning center for children and families with a primary focus on children ages 1-8. The museum is located in a historic Old Fire Station in North Easton, Massachusetts.
The Computer Museum 300
Congress Street, Boston MA 02210
(617) 426-2800 or (617) 423-6758
Constitution Museum USS Charlestown
Navy Yard, 13th Street, #22. Charlestown, MA.
Danforth Museum of Art 123 Union Avenue, Framingham
Hours: Wed. - Fri. noon - 4:30 p.m., Closed major holidays
Admission: $2, elders and students $1, children under 12 free
DeCordova and Dana Museum and Park Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat. and Sun. noon - 5
p.m., Closed major holidays
Admission: $2, children and elders $1
The Discovery Museums 177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720, USA
Fairbanks House 511 East St., Dedham, MA.
Drumlin Farm South Great Road (Route 117), Lincoln, MA
Hours: Tues. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $4, children 3-15 or elders $2, under 3
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Main Street, Route 133, Essex
Hours: Thurs - Sun noon - 5 p.m.
Admission: $2, $1 for elders and students, free for children under 12 and Essex residents
Fairbanks Homestead East Street and Eastern Avenue, Dedham
Hours: Tues. - Sun. 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m.
Admission: $3, elders $2.50, children $1.50
Oldest wood frame house in U.S., built in 1636, eleven rooms with family antiques
Faneuil Hall, constructed in 1742, has for centuries
served as a marketplace and meeting hall for Bostonians. Named after Peter Faneuil, a
wealthy Boston merchant, Faneuil Hall was the focus of revolutionary activity in Boston.
It was here in 1764 that colonists first protested the Sugar Act and set down the doctrine
of "no taxation without representation." Faneuil Hall, known as "The Cradle
of Liberty," was also the site of rallies against the Stamp Act, the Townshend Act,
and the landing of the British troops. In November of 1773, Bostonians held the
first of a series of meetings at Faneuil Hall that lead to the famous Boston Tea Party.
Today Faneuil Hall is a stop on Boston's Freedom Trail and continues to serve as a
marketplace and meeting hall. The Grasshopper Shops on the lower levels purvey a wide
variety of uniquely Boston wares, while the second floor still serves as a public meeting
place. Talks in the Great Hall are given by the National Park Service. The fourth floor
contains the armory and museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of
Faneuil Hall is open all year and is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Fitchburg Art Museum 25 Merriam Parkway, off the Upper Common,
Hours: Tues. - Sat.10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5 p.m., Closed major holidays
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site 99 Warren
Street, Brookline, MA
Hours: Fri. - Sun. 10a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Admission: Free
Description: Tours of home, office and grounds - Olmsted created parklands throughout U.S.
and the Boston Area
Description: It begins at the Boston Common and winds its way through downtown Boston, the
North End and Charlestown ending at the Bunker Hill Monument. It tells the story of America's
first patriots as they fought for freedom against the royal army.
Friend Of Museum Of Printing 654 Beacon St., Boston, MA.
Fruitlands Museums 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard
Hours: Tues. - Sun. and Monday holidays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $5, elders $4.50, children 7-16 $1
Changing exhibits, 18th-century farmhouse, Shaker House, American Indian Museum
Gibson House 137 Beacon St., Boston, MA.
Golden Ball Tavern Museum 662 Boston Post Rd., Weston, MA.
Gore Place Soc 52 Gore St., Waltham, MA.
Hammond Castle 80
Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA
Hours: November thru April....Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Memorial Day thru
Labor day open 7 days.
We close early some weekend days for weddings. It doesn't hurt to call in advance
Admission: Adults $6, elders $5, ages 4-12 $4,
8,200 pipe organ, Roman, Medieval Renaissance art
Hancock Shaker Village Routes 20 and 41, Hancock, MA
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $7, children 6-12 $3, elders and students $6.25, Family rate $17.50
Changing exhibits, 18 century Shaker village of 20 buildings, farming and crafts
Harvard University Museum of Natural History 24 Oxford Street
Includes: Museum of Comparative Zoology - dinosaurs,
rhinoceroses, elephants, fossil kronosaurus, largest
turtle carapace and more
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology - Northwest Coast and North American
Indians; primitive arts and industries, southwestern US, archaeology of North America west
of the plains and east of the Rockies, Mexico, Central and South America, the West Indies;
Botanical Museum - The Blaschka glass flowers, over eight hundred species of
hand-blown glass flowers that seem real in every detail
Mineralogical and Geological Museum - fifty thousand specimens from all over the
Hours: Mon. thru Sun. 9 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., Closed major holidays
Admission: Adults $6.50, elders and students $5.00, children 3-18 $4.00, under 3, free; Sunday 9a.m.-12p.m. and Wednesday 3-5p.m., free to all except for commercial groups.
Harvard Semitic Museum 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 60 Garden
Hours: Observatory nights for public third Thurs. of month Admission: Free
Lecture and telescopic observation
Heritage Plantation of Sandwich 130 Grove Street,
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $8, elders $7, children under 12 $2.50, ages 5 and
Description: 76 acre complex, collections of art, military, and automotive interest;
gardens, trails, windmill, carrousel and picnic area
Historical Society-Watertown 28 Marshall St., Watertown, MA.
Hull Lifesaving Museum Navy 115 3rd Ave., Charlestown, MA.
Institute Of Contemporary Art 955 Boylston St., Boston, MA.
Hours: Wed. - Sun. 11 a.m. -5p.m., also Fri. 5-8 p.m., Closed major holidays
Admission: Adults $2.50, students and over 65 $1, under 5 free
Located in a restored 19th-century police station, exhibits on contemporary photography,
painting, sculpture, architecture and video performance art
Irish Georgian Society 55 Mount Vernon St., Boston, MA.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 280 The Fenway., Boston, MA.
Hours: TuesdaySunday, 11 a.m.5 p.m. Closed Mondays, except National
holidays.Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors, $5 college students with valid ID, $3 youths
ages 1217, $3 college students on Wednesdays, and free for children under 12 and Museum
Description: Built in the style of a 15th-century Venetian palace by Isabella Stewart
Gardner, the Museum houses over 2,500 objects including works by Titian, Botticelli,
Raphael, Rembrandt, and Sargent.
Jeremiah Lee Mansion and Museum 161 Washington Street, Marblehead
Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 1 - 4 p.m., Closed holidays
Admission: Adults $2.25, children and elders $1.75
18th century Georgian Coloial mansion built in 1768
John F Kennedy Library-Museum Columbia Point., Dorchester, MA.
John F. Kennedy National Historic Site 83 Beals Street, Brookline, MA
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adult $1, children under 12 and over 62 free
Birthplace and early boyhood home of JFK, 35th president, family memorabilia
Josiah Quincy House 18 Muirhead St., Quincy, MA.
Hours: Tues., Thurs., Sat.,and Sun. noon - 5 p.m. Admission: $2.50
Mid-Georgian house with orginal furnishings, home of Quincy family 1770-1895
Lexington Green Massachusetts Avenue and Bedford Street, Lexington
Site of first skirmish of the Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775
Longfellow National Historic Site 105 Brattle Street,
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Closed major holidays
Admission: $2, ages 12 and under free
Guided tours of 1759 Craigie House, where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived (1837-82),
furnishings, books, formal garden, and carriage house
Longyear Museum 271 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA.
Lowell National Historical Park Market Mills Complex at
Market and Dutton Streets, Lowell, MA
Hours: Visitor center daily 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: All programs are free!
Tours, slide presentations, exhibits
Maliotis Cultural Ctr 50 Goddard Ave., Brookline, MA.
Milton Art Museum 44 Edge Hill Rd., Milton, MA.
Minute Man National Historical Park Battle Road Visitor
Center on SR 2A, Lexington
North Bridge Visitor Center, Concord
Includes: North Bridge and Minuteman Statue
Hours: Check locally for hours Admission: Free
MIT Museum 77 and 265 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Hours: Tues. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. - Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Closed major holidays
Admission: $2 donation
photography, paintings, etchings, drawings, sculptures
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon, MA 02067
Moose Hill is Mass Audubon.s oldest sanctuary and one of the largest with nearly 2,000 acres. The 25-mile trail system brings you through diverse habitats: explore the red maple swamp via the boardwalk, observe amphibians at a vernal pool, or watch swallows catching insects in the meadows.
Museum of Afro American History 46 Joy Street. Boston, MA.
Museum Of Bad Art 580 High St, Dedham MA 02026
Museum of Fine Arts Boston 465
Huntington Ave., Boston, MA.
Museum Of Fine Arts Boston 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA.
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists 300 Walnut
Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02119
The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists is an art museum dedicated to
the promotion, exhibition, collection and criticism of the black visual arts heritage
worldwide. Within the New England region, it has been the sole museum committed
exclusively to the celebration of African, Caribbean and Afro-American
fine arts. The Museum operates programs in five areas: exhibitions, collections and
conservation, publications, research and education. Exhibitions are wide ranging, covering
photography, painting, sculpture and graphics. Among the resources offered by the Museum
are its African holdings, its Afro-American prints and drawings collections, and its
extensive archive of slides. The education programs of the Museum have been cited by the
Getty Education Trust and others for their quality and innovation. In addition the Museum
has produced many related programs, festivals and special activities designed to build
interest in and support for the arts in its community. The Museum is open to the public
from 1-5 PM every day except Monday. The general admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for
students and seniors, and free for members and children 5 yrs. and under. School and other
groups may schedule morning as well as afternoon tours. We can be reached at (617)
or (617) 445-5525 (fax).
Museum of Our National Heritage 33
Marrett Road, Route 2A and Massachussett Avenue, Lexington
Hours: Mon. - Sun. 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m., Closed major holidays Admission:
Museum of Russian Icons203 Union Street, Clinton, MA 01510, (978) 598-5000
The Museum of Russian Icons was founded as a non-profit educational museum by Gordon Lankton.
The collection includes about 340 Russian icons, the largest collection of its kind in North
America. It is one of the largest private collections outside of Russia. The collection spans
six centuries, and includes important historical icons dating from the earliest periods of
icon painting up to the present.
Museum of Science Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099, (617) 723-2500
The Museum of Science has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing
innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate.
Two of the Museum's more recent additions, the Hall Wing housing the Roger L. Nichols
Gallery for temporary exhibits, and the Mugar Omni Theater, exemplify the Museum of
Science's commitment to making science fun and accessible to all. The Mugar Omni Theater,
opened in 1987, utilizes state-of-the-art film technology to project larger-than-life
images onto a five-story high, domed screen, creating a "you are there"
experience for viewers. More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its more than
400 interactive exhibits each year.
The Museum is open daily. It will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas
and closes at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Hours and fees subject to change without notice.
Museum Of Transportation 15 Newton St., Boston, MA.
Museum Wharf 300 Congress St., Boston, MA.
Museum-Our National Heritage 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington, MA.
Needham Children's Museum 460 Hillside Ave., Needham, MA.
The New England Aquarium Central Wharf., Boston, MA.
Nichols House Museum 55 Mount Vernon St., Boston, MA.
North Andover Historical Society 153 Academy Road at Mass
Avenue, North Andover
Hours: Tues. - Fri. 10 a.m. - noon and 2 - 4 p.m.
Admission: $2, ages 12 and uner $1
Tours of historic buildings and changing exhibits
Old South Meeting House 310 Washington St., Boston, MA.
Old State House Bostonian Society 206 Washington St., Boston, MA.
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $1.25, elders and students 75 cents, ages 6-15 50 cents, MA school children and
under 6 free
Boston`s oldest public building, with exhibits dealing with Boston, American Revolution
and maritime history
Old Sturbridge Village One Old Sturbridge Village
Road, Sturbridge MA 01566
A recreated 1830s New England village.
Paul Revere House 19 North Sq., Boston, MA.
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m - 5:15 p.m.
Admission: $2, elders and college students $1.50, children 5-17 50 cents
Self-guided tour; built in 1676, oldest structure in Boston; 17th, 18th, 19th century
colonial and Boston history
Plantation PO Box 1620, Warren Avenue, Plymouth MA 02362
Features recreated 17th-century Pilgrim Village and the Mayflower II.
Polaroid Corp 750 Main St., Cambridge, MA.
Rose Art Museum 415 South St., Waltham, MA.
Hours: Tues. - Sun. 1 - 5 p.m., Thurs. 1 - 9 p.m., Closed major
holidays Admission: Free
Royall House Assn 15 George St., Medford, MA.
Saugus Iron Works, 244 Central Street, Saugus
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: Free
Demonstrations by working blacksmith, blast furnace, rolling and slitting mill,
17th-century house with
three period rooms on display
Shirley-Eustis House 33 Shirley St., Roxbury, MA.
Somerville Museum 1 Westwood Rd., Somerville, MA.
Sports Museum of New England One Fleet Center., Boston, MA.
Springfield Quadrangle Central Library and Museum Association,
220 State Street, Springfield
Includes: Springfield City Library (413-739-3871)
Science Museum and Planetarium (413-733-1194)
George Walter Smith Art Museum (413-733-4214)
Museum of Fine Arts (413-732-6092)
Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (413-732-3080)
Hours: Library: Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 9a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5
p.m.; Museum: Tues. - Sun. noon - 5 p.m. Admission: Donations requested
State House Beacon Street at the head
of Park Street, Boston
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Guided tours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: Free
Designed by Bulfinch; within are statues, historical paintings, battle flags and war
Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine House 100 Robert Treat Paine Dr., Waltham, MA.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History 26 Oxford St., Cambridge,
The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists 300
Walnut Ave. Roxbury, MA.
Thornton W. Burgess Museum 4 Water Street Route 130, Sandwich
Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m., Closed major holidays
Description: Writings by children's author and naturalist Burgess, original Harrison Cady
illustrations, and natural history exhibits
U S Naval Ship Building Museum 739 Washington St., Quincy, MA.
Wellesley Historical Society 229 Washington St., Wellesley, MA.
Whistler House 243 Worthen Street, Lowell, MA
Hours: Tues. - Fri. and Sun. 1 - 4 p.m. Closed major holidays
Admission: Adults $2, children free
Birth place of artist James Whistler, historical exhibits, American Impressionist
Whites Of Their Eyes 55 Constitution Rd., Charlestown, MA.
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Shows on the half-hour
Admission: Adults $3, 16 and under $1.50, elders $2, family rates $8
Sight-sound show on Bunker Hill battle
Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA
Hours: Tues. - Frid. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5 p.m., Closed
Admission: $3.50, students and elders $2, 18 and younger free, free to all Saturdays 10
a.m. - noon
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