After taking a sixteen-year hiatus from the Museum of Science, I decided it was time to revisit one of Boston’s most popular attractions. Scarred from the earlier days when just an exit sign could ignite my youthful–and let’s just say undiscriminating curiosity–my parents declined the invitation to join but wished me luck on the retro adventure.
Thursday afternoon turned out to be the perfect time to visit the museum as it was a welcomed escape from the stifling heat and humidity–apparently every school in the greater Boston area had the same idea.
Since 1830, the museum has been home to some of the world’s most cutting edge scientific and technological exhibits, demonstrations, and even has a planetarium as well as a lightning show. Understandably, the museum draws in visitors from around the world, not just the state’s school systems. The physics playground is a particularly enjoyable exhibit for kids and parents because it allows for fun experimentation with the properties of physics. The playground is sure to bring a greater meaning to recess time!
The newest exhibit to visit the museum is Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science, which is on loan from the Brooklyn Museum and Academy of Natural Sciences until September 3, 2012. The exhibit is free with the purchase of the standard exhibit halls admissions ticket. Upon entry into Lost Egypt, a quirky statue of a sitting camel greets guests. The fun photo opportunity is the perfect opening act before kids move on to explore the rest of the foreign offerings from Ancient and Modern Egypt. The array of touchable “excavation sites,” games, videos, and genuine ancient treasures like the famous mummy, Annie, will bring out the Indiana Jones in all of us. I suggest this wonderful exhibit for everyone because there is nothing more magical than seeing first hand the magic that was once hidden within the Ancient Egyptian pyramids and tombs. After all, seeing is believing!
So parents, you can stop relying on Bill Nye the Science Guy to answer the tricky homework questions that make you consider, Am I Smarter than A fifth Grader? Instead treat yourself and the kids to the ultimate learning adventure at Boston’s Museum of Science!
Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
Regular Hours through July 4, 2012
Saturday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Summer Hours: July 5, 2012 through Labor Day
Saturday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
TICKETS: Exhibit Halls: Adults, $22, Seniors, $20, and Children $19. Omni Theatre or Planetarium: Adults, $10, Seniors, $9, Children, $8.
The on-site garage parking holds 850 vehicles and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. All members receive a discount price
Note: No bus parking on Museum grounds, only pick-up and drop-off but
there is parking at Moran Terminal in Charlestown
Sunday – Thursday 5:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 5:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.