Escape the Rain with these Amazing Indoor Museum Facilities

With a few more indoor facilities opening recently, we can celebrate that most museums have reopened! This is great timing for this on and off rainy weather we have been experiencing this summer. Check out these family-focused museums to escape the rain with your children.
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Central MA

Discovery Museum (Acton, MA): A favorite spot of mine since I was a child, this museum boasts a beautiful new indoor space with STEM experiences for all ages. The train, diner & ship room are my three year old’s favorite spaces while my six year old especially enjoys spaces that allow her to create her own designs and crafts. If the rain lets up at all during your visit, be sure to go outside and play in their amazing treehouse. Covid Policies: Timed reservations required, masks required indoors and encouraged outdoors for 2+ (vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals). Plan your visit & read all covid policies here. 

EcoTarium (Worcester, MA): This Worcester staple attraction reopens its indoor space on July 9. While we love to visit the outdoor animals and playground, the inside has lots to offer as well including their current traveling exhibits: Exploring Tree Houses and Design Zone. The Express Train and planetarium remain closed. Covid Policies: Timed reservations required, masks required indoors for 2+ (vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals). Face coverings required outdoors at certain animal exhibits. For a complete set of policies, read more here. Get your timed tickets here.

American Heritage Museum (Hudson, MA): We had a great recent visit to this museum and we were blown away with all it had to offer. Highly recommend taking older elementary school age kids and up to this special museum. Read about our visit here. Covid Policies: To get tickets in advance, click here. 

Boston Area

The Boston Children’s Museum We are excited to see that BCM has finally reopened its doors with reservations required with the two available time slots (9-12 or 1:30-4:30). “Bubbles” and “Raceway” were the two exhibits that were a big hit when we last visited this amazing facility. But I was also incredibly impressed with their Playspace for 0-3 year olds. I can’t wait to bring my daughters back this summer for more exploration. Covid Policies: All tickets require reservation. Playspace requires a separate (free) reservation. Masks are required for all guests 2+.

The New England Aquarium is always a fun visit. We enjoy the giant central tank and finding the sea turtles and visiting the seals out back. Exhibits are open but touch tanks are view only – no touching allowed. Lockers & stroller room are unavailable at this time. Covid Policies: Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals but encouraged for unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals. Staff respectfully asks that parents have their unvaccinated children wear masks to the aquarium at this time. Timed-ticketing is in effect but increased limits will be coming over the summer.

Museum of Science, Boston Their current featured exhibits are The Science Behind Pixar, Arctic Adventure and Engineering Design Workshop. Their permanent exhibits on dinosaurs are always a great hit with kids too. Covid Policies: Timed tickets are required. Planetarium & 4-D shows are open. All unvaccinated visitors 5 years+ will be required to wear a face mask during their visit to the Museum of Science

Other Museums 

Springfield Museums. I know I have to bring my kids who love the Wild Kratts to the new exhibit at Springfield Museums. Families will also enjoy the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss. Covid Policies: Advance tickets are encouraged, timed tickets required. Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask on Museums grounds. Masks are required for visitors age 5 and upin the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the Seymour Planetarium, the Wild Kratts special exhibit, and all facilitated spaces.

Providence Children’s Museum (Reopens July 8). We loved our visit to PCM a couple years ago. Kids enjoyed the water play, the innovation lab and Littlewoods for the youngest child in the group. Covid Policies: reservations required with the two available time slots (9-12 or 1:30-4:30) with a limited summer schedule. Masks are required for all guests 2+. Gaiters and bandanas are not an accepted substitute.

Mystic Aquarium – We recently visited the Mystic Aquarium for the first time and were amazed with their impressive exhibits. Purchase your tickets ahead with Plan Ahead Pricing and save on ticket cost. See our full review with tips and tricks for your visit.


Looking for other indoor spots? We have a great list of indoor play spaces for you and your littles.

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