With a planetarium, an IMAX movie theater, and a two-story Van de Graaf generator capable of producing 2.5 million volts of ... More
Museum of Science
With a planetarium, an IMAX movie theater, and a two-story Van de Graaf generator capable of producing 2.5 million volts of electricity, the Museum of Science is truly impressive. Children love the interactive discovery center, live animal exhibit and the dinosaur exhibit with fossils and life-size models. These and the hundreds of other exhibits make this museum, one of Boston's top attractions. This educational and entertaining museum is perfect for the whole family.
We are members of the Museum and decided to visit as part of our homeschool time.
We saw Australia in the Omni theater and was fabulous. The kids were very impressed and loved it, very informative. We also attended a presentation on Computers, at first my daughter was not happy about the idea but after the presentation she was talking all the way back home about it and is writing a report with lots of details. We were dessapointed with the K,nex exhibit, not much to do. The 3-D Dinosaurs was so great the kids want to go back to the Museum and see 3-D Sharks, we all loved it.
We (myself, husband and 2 kids - age 8, 10) spent Sunday Nov. 28 at the Museum of Science. We just renewed a membership for 2, so we were able to get into the museum without additional cost. We used 2 passes to get into the whale Omni movie - which my son and husband really enjoyed. We love that we can see different exhibits every time we visit. We visited the butterfly exhibit for the first time and it was one of the highlights of the day. There are so many beautiful species to see and learn about. We also enjoyed the Nano brothers juggling act which brought the micro world into an enjoyable show for both our kids while they learned something. A big thanks to the two brothers who were spot on for a funny, entertaining and educational act!
We also went to see the electricity show which was also very enjoyable and informative! And, of course, the kids loved the Kinex exhibit. Too bad we just sold our Kinex at the last yard sale...:(
Finally, my daughter and I went to the exhibit about materials and she was able to do some hands on experiments.
All this and the regular exhibits too. And, surprisingly to us, the museum as not crowded as we were used to. Very nice.
Our only wish was that the museum wasn't on such expensive real estate that commands over $16 for parking even for members.
Really loved the Harry Potter exhibit. Disappointing we could not take pictures but with the crowds there, understood why. It was very, very crowded due to school break. The only disappointment was that using the online services, could not apply my company discount to the overall price and was refused an adjustment at the museum. Makes me not want to go back,
My sister, niece, nephew & myself saw the exhibit this past Saturday. The exhibit itself was AWESOME!!! It was amazing on how many props & costumes that were there from all the movies, including the latest; "The Half-Blood Prince." Two things that we had a problem with was: 1.) The admittance of a certain amount of people at a time - every 5 min. We ran into people hanging around in front of an attraction and not moving at all. Especially those who were using the audio tour. On previous visits to the museum to see other special exhibits, people were admitted to the exhibit every half hour. This worked out perfectly since when we were admitted, we were able to move about easily from one attraction to another. The other thing that we were not happy with was the prices at the "Harry Potter" or at any of the other special exhibit gift shops. The only thing I purchased was the book with the pictures about the exhibit since we were not allowed to take pictures. And that book cost $ 17.00. We did see other things that we would of liked to have purchased, but knew that we could order them from a well-known company that sells movie related items for reasonable prices.
I went with a group of friends specifically for the Harry Potter Exhibit. We were very pleased by how accommodating all of the employees were! They will help you with anything! The Harry Potter Exhibit, well I loved it purely for the fact that it was Harry Potter, amazingly beautiful and well crafted!
We went to see the iMax movie "Antarctica" and the Harry Potter exhibit. Both were excellent. The museum is an under-appreciated gem in Boston. Although we live 70 miles away, we make the trip every other month to see a movie, go through the exhibits, and learn new things. The museum works hard to make interesting exhibits and to make science more accessible to all. It was well organized and fun. I saw kids of all ages, from 5 year olds to teenagers enjoying themselves.
You get to enter the world of Hogwarts and see tons of props. Volunteer to be sorted into a house--only 3 or 4 get sorted and be sure to linger if you want to see the train. The number of items is just about right for a group. We were 4 twelve-year olds and one mom on an odd school vacation day. It took the kids about 35 minutes to see all the displays. They were slightly disappointed that there were few interactive displays....they do get to throw a quaffle through a Quidditch hoop and pluck a mandrake. The lighting is superb and you do suspend disbelief. Many of the wands are on display--who knew they were soooo different. The big surprise was the dumpout into the gift shop/Diagon Alley. Just about everything on display had a counterpart or more or less offered for sale at quite the markup. It was so high a markup, even the 12-year olds were willing to walk away from some of the products: $30 for a skinny tee that said Muggle. I was really glad we were members so that the tix for this special exhibit were only 5 bucks each and we did escape the gift shop, shelling out $22.00 for a Gryffindor silk tie for dad for Christmas.
So prime your kids. We loved the exhibit overall and were a bit disappointed by all the merchandizing.
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