New England Museums
Beat Hollywood to the Punch: Plan an Imaginative Day at the Museum
Museums will be hot with tots again in 2009 following the Memorial Day weekend release of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. But why wait for Hollywood to spark your kids' interest in the unexpected treasures each museum holds? New England's magical repositories of artifacts, art, architecture—even armor and athletic gear—stimulate young imaginations year-round.
Hasten to the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester
Worcester, MA - Take a romantic trip back to the days of knights and chivalry.
Old Sturbridge Village
Sturbridge, MA - Old Sturbridge Village is the Northeast's largest living history museum, a place where the routines and rituals of a 19th century New England community play out day after day, season after season.
Places to Spend a Night at the Museum
Want to spend a night at the museum? Here is your guide to New England museums that host overnight visits. A night at the museum is a perfect field trip activity for a school class, scout group, sports team or other group.
Connecticut River Museum
Essex, CT - Maritime history exhibits, including a full-scale working reproduction of the first submarine, invented in Connecticut in 1776.
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Boston, MA - The President's life and legacy are depicted in permanent and special exhibitions.
Museum of Science
Boston, MA - More than 400 hands-on exhibits from a to z... astronomy to zoology, that is! Fun for the whole family.
New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain, CT - Explore the evolution of American art from the Colonial days to the present.
New England Air Museum
Windsor Locks, CT - Aircraft and engine displays and many other fascinating exhibits such as Early French Aviation and History of Air Mail.
Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, MA - Rockwell, one of America's best loved artists, had a gift for capturing a slice of American life. It's mesmerizing to see his original works up close.
Penobscot Marine Museum
Searsport, ME - Relive the days of tall ships at this 19th-century seafaring village.
Salem Witch Museum
Salem, MA - A compelling retelling of the accusations, hysteria, trials, and executions of 1692 through life-size dioramas. A bit frightening for younger children.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Stamford, CT - This diverse facility features a working farm, artists' studio, planetarium and observatory, nature and other exhibits, and three miles of wooded hiking trails.
Hartford, CT - America's oldest continually operating public art museum.
Worcester Art Museum
Worcester, MA - In addition to showcasing 50 centuries of art, the museum even has a 13th century French chapel rebuilt there stone by stone!