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Museums and Zoos

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Museums and Zoos

Among the many museums of Massachusetts, you are sure to find one that excites you. Massachusetts has well over a hundred museums of varying sizes, styles, and content to captivate the imagination of anyone, young or old. The Boston area alone has dozens of museums. Traditional museums like the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Childrenís Museum, and the New England Aquarium are all world-class and easily accessible but more exceptional and inimitable options are also available like the Marthaís Vineyard Museumís Children's Memorial at the Edgartown Lighthouse, or the EcoTarium museum of science and nature in Worcester.

A Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum visit is a day of history and fun aboard ship, in exhibits, and with actors leading visitors in historical events that began the American Revolution. The animals at local zoos are sure to amuse you and your family. Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo are the closest, but Southwick Zoo and Buttonwood Park Zoo are also in Massachusetts.

MITAC offers discounted tickets to several museums and zoos in the area, and you can follow the MITAC link on the right side of this page to see what is available, but most museums charge only a modest fee, some may request a donation, and others are free of charge. Secret: free tickets are often available in a number of different places. For example, the local public library in Cambridge is part of a network of local libraries that is easy to join and has free passes to a wide assortment of museums, tours, and events. Also, Bank of America customers can go to select museums for free on the first weekend of each month.

If you are looking for something a little less academic for a day, we have sports museums here too. Massachusetts, the birthplace of both basketball and volleyball, is home to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Volleyball Hall of Fame. We also have a museum specifically dedicated to Boston sports, known simply as the Sports Museum, housed in Downtown Boston at the TD Garden. Whichever museum you might want to visit, there are lots of interactive activities and exhibits to touch and try.

Of course, if you do not want to leave the campus, there are some amazing museums right here at MIT! In addition to the MIT Museum, the List Visual Arts Center has exhibits, programs and talks throughout the year. MIT has one of the largest public art collections anywhere. The sculpture, paintings, murals, and other works are scattered all over in and around campus. You can even take a self-guided audio tour. You can see the work of artists like Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Felice Frankel, and many, many more.

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