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Engineering design workshop:

The new hands-on engineering and computer science exhibition lets you immerse yourself in the many ways engineers use creativity and iteration to solve problems and create solutions.

The star of this Blue Wing exhibit is the newly expanded, staffed Design Challenges Hub. The engineering design process is front and center as you create, test, and improve your own designs. Self-guided interactive stations in our Engineering Design Labs invite you to design, build, and test your own solutions to fun engineering and computer science challenges like Sift & Sort and Dive & Splash.

Budding engineers can practice developing their core skills in two young learner zones. Fast forward and our Engineering Stories vignettes show how people from a wide range of fields use engineering to address complex problems.

This newest Museum experience blends the creativity of hands-on engineering with state-of-the-art tools and data analysis delivered by MATLAB, the flagship product of MathWorks. For more than twenty years, MathWorks has partnered with the Museum to demonstrate the power of STEM to solve problems and make the world a better place.

Plan & Predict station

One of two areas for the youngest learners, this experience is just what it sounds like! In one activity, the operator places a ball on a chute then turns a device. Does the ball go left or does it go right? Will they choose the same way next time? In another, the operator must determine which size balls can make it through to the end of a tunnel and which risk falling through the gaps. Sightlines make it easy for caregivers to observe several children at once.

Planetarium shows: You can experience some amazing things during a show in the Charles Hayden Planetarium. A descent through Jupiter's atmosphere. The surface of an exoplanet. The night sky, velvety black and strewn with stars. Or even your favorite music, presented in an entirely new way.


Laser Floyd

Featured on Friday and Saturday nights

Featuring the complete soundtrack to one of rock's most influential and talked-about albums (plus two additional songs), Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon creates a mind-bending landscape of light and sound set to Pink Floyd's 1973 masterpiece.

Experience classic rock as never before, accompanied by dazzling visual effects during this laser light show. Be sure to catch this sensational show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon!


4-D Films

In our 4-D Theater, what’s on the screen is only half the fun. With effects you can feel (and even smell!) this is one giant leap beyond 3-D. After all, why should your eyes and ears have all the fun?

4-D Film

Shark: A 4-D Experience

Admission to this film requires Exhibit Halls admission.

Come face to face with some of the world's strangest and most mysterious shark species. These extraordinarily intelligent underwater giants each exhibit unique behaviors to navigate their ever-changing environment and are essential to the fragile balance of our ocean's health. Shark: A 4-D Experience® explores the complex nature of these magnificent creatures' survival instincts.

Stunning 3-D and special effects place you right in the middle of the action as sharks reveal their hidden traits while roaming an eerily beautiful underwater landscape.

Boston Institute of Contemporary Art

The primary activities of the ICA are threefold:

  • To present outstanding contemporary art in all media, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video, and performance, that is deserving of public attention and has not been presented in depth to Boston audiences


  • To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art-making


  • To design interpretative programsthat provide context for, develop appreciation of, and add meaning to contemporary art and culture




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Boston sports museum

Founded in 1977 and housed on Levels 5 & 6 of the TD Garden, The Sports Museum features a half-mile of exhibits celebrating the history and character of Boston sports. Through its award-winning educational programs Boston vs. Bullies and Stand Strong, The Sports Museum leads the way in using the power of sports to help Kids build character and prevent and stop bullying.

All told, more than 35,000 upper elementary and middle school students each year experience a character-building Sports Museum educational program. Delaware North Companies, Inc. – Boston (the company that owns the TD Garden and the Boston Bruins) provides The Sports Museum with office space, exhibit space, and management support. The presenting sponsor of The Sports Museum is New Balance Athletics, Inc.

The museum aims to preserve and showcase the distinctly rich sports heritage of New England through an unparalleled collection of artifacts, multimedia, works of art, and interactive exhibits. Located on Levels 5 and 6 of the TD Garden in the heart of Downtown Boston, The Sports Museum features a half-mile of exhibits celebrating the character (and characters) of Boston sports, including displays on the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots, Revolution, Olympics, and much more. More than 100,000 people visit The Sports Museum each year..

Boston Children's Museum



Investigate with all your senses! Examine natural objects, engage with hands-on science activities, and crawl under a turtle tank to get a belly-eye view of our resident turtles Frida and Georgia. In Investigate, children and adults can explore the natural world together and come up with questions to keep investigating back home.

Kid power:

In Kid Power, children discover that active bodies and healthy foods make them powerful people! Pedal fast to activate the Kid Power sign, shoot some hoops, climb up the walls, and hop and bounce on power pump seats. Making healthy choices is easier when families have fun doing it together.

Kid stage:

Take the spotlight and shine! KidStage is a one-of-a-kind, kid-sized theater designed to introduce children to the wondrous world of performing arts, giving them the chance to experience the wonders of the stage. Actors, musicians, dancers, and Museum staff can often be found in KidStage, performing theater shows, singing songs, playing music, dancing and inviting visitors to join in the show.


In Raceways, children can explore the laws of motion by rolling golf balls on a wide variety of tracks. How far can the ball launch off of a ski jump? Does the shape of the jump or the length that it drops make a difference? Children and adults can investigate these and other questions on loops, roller coasters, giant spirals, and many more unique tracks.

Art lab:

Explore collage, printmaking, clay, paper, fabric, and more while finding out about artists and art from around the world! The Art Lab offers multi-sensory art experiences that emphasize self-expression and experimentation. Children and families can explore, create, play, and make art together, side by side in the lab.


Sunset Cruise at Boston Harbor