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From class field trips to impromptu excursions on a cold or rainy day, this cultural destination offers wonderful refuge for visitors of all ages. Learn, watch, create and interact with these five things we love at the Museum of Science

The Planetarium

Fully reclined seats provide viewers with a relaxing vantage point to watch programs on the completely dark Planetarium’s dome screen ceiling, which screens laser shows choreographed to Dark Side of the Moon, Neil DeGrasse Tyson narrated presentations on stars and plenty more.

Piano Stairs

A fan favorite, the Piano Stairs at the Museum of Science add a little bit of fun to the graduation from the building’s first floor to its second. The twenty-five year old sound installation by Christopher Janney sounds the ding of a key, toot of a flute or call of various other instruments, while lighting up every step someone takes on the staircase.

Gift Shop

The Museum of Science Gift Shop might just be the best in the city. It carries cool, science-inspired toys like water dancing speakers and hoberman sphere rings. Adults can have fun here too by picking up a periodic table bow tie or a quirky book like The Book of General Ignorance.

Thrill Ride 360

Virtual reality at its finest, Thrill Ride 360 can take you and your kids on a fantastical roller coaster with 100+ foot drops or a scenic airplane ride over the city of Boston. With full-motion roll and spin technology, surround sound and 3D imaging, this is about as real as fake gets.

Butterfly Garden

Does it get more lovely than surrounding yourself with intricately colorful butterflies flapping their wings all around you? Take in this lovely garden with exotic plants and sweeping views of the Charles River with your family when visiting the Museum of Science in Boston.

The Lightning Show

It’s the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator, but to us, it’s a big lightning machine. Watch as a scientist inside a little cage miraculously makes (and gets struck) by lightning right before your eyes to demonstrate the immense power of electricity.

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