Family Travel: Discovering Science at the MIT Museum, Flickr: toasty

The Bartlett Head at MIT!

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, is arguably one of our nation’s most challenging schools and certainly one of the toughest to get into.  It definitely is not for everyone.  Yet at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA, just outside Boston, their self proclaimed goal is to “make research and innovation available to all.”  That includes you, and your kids, no matter what your GPA and SAT scores declared.  (Note: Despite the innovation for all claims, the museum is best suited for children over the age of 12 who are able to read and understand basic science principles.)

The MIT Museum invites exploration in their most amazing discoveries as you wander through two floors of unique exhibits boasting the opportunities and research of actual students and graduates from MIT.  Current exhibits feature diverse information on the fascinating world of robots, holograms, vanishing glaciers, original cameras, ship models, Einstein, engineering sculptures, and more.  Self-guided walking tours are offered daily.

In addition to regular exhibits, the museum features numerous talks, workshops, and programs for adults and children.  Hands on workshops are offered throughout the year geared specifically to families and young people.  The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the museum, which takes place yearly in April or May, is an incredible city-wide science festival with demonstrations, performances, events, lectures, and activities to inspire imagination and discovery in children of all ages. 

If you are looking for a clever souvenir while at the museum, visit the Museum Store which features unique science-themed toys, books, clothing, and unusual, hard to find items, like stuffed microbes!  Just outside the museum, you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy the revitalized culture of the LOMA, Lower Mass. Ave district with parks, restaurants, ice cream, snack shops, pubs, and much more.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission prices: $8.95/adults, $4/youth. Second Fridays offer free admission.


Keep your kids educated on your next Boston family vacation!
 

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