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The Top 5 Science Museums in New England!

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Not only is New England full of natural geological wonders from seaside to mountaintop, but Boston, Massachusetts and the regions surrounding it are synonymous with science. Home to top universities, cutting-edge medical facilities, and museums aplenty, we've compiled a list of the ultimate science museums in the Boston area for adults, children, and seniors. Why?


We here at Lab Rat Gifts have a passion for science and a passion for fun! Between our periodic table lanyard (the ultimate cheat sheet for those tough chemistry tests), our hilarious collection of science mugs, or those absolutely cool t-shirts we have, Lab Rat Gifts is where fact and fun meet. But when we're not hard at work doing research in the lab, we like to relax and enjoy all the offerings of the beautiful New England landscapes and its many museums. Here are our top 5 museums in New England! 


5. See Science Center - Manchester, NH

Admission: Ages 3 and older $9.

Conveniently located in Manchester, NH's historic millyard, the See Science Center is the best place to discover engaging science experiences for everyone to enjoy. Featuring exhibits on electricity, light, sound, and so much more, there's a lot to discover at this local museum. While you're here, be sure to check out the LEGO® Millyard Project, the largest permanent LEGO® installation at minifigure scale in the world!

4. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center - Concord, NH

Admission: Kids 3-12 $7, Students 13-college $9,
Adults $11.50, Seniors $9.
With an amazing collection of innovative and interactive exhibits to explore, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a fantastic voyage into the worlds of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space sciences. Become immersed in this entertaining learning environment located in the capital of New Hampshire: Concord.

There are programs at the Discovery Center for all ages! From the breathtaking planetarium theater to a high-tech observatory to fun workshops for future astronauts and teachers alike. There is something for everyone at this must-see museum.

3. Squam Lake Science Center - Holderness, NH

Admission: Children 2 and younger FREE, 

Youth $15,  Adults $20, Seniors $17

Featuring spectacular live animal exhibits, numerous natural science education programs, a beautiful public garden, and awe-inspiring lake cruises, Squam Lake Science Center is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone passionate about nature and animal science.  Extensive hiking trails will take you through the open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connecting interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside. Black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, and bobcats are just a fraction of the wildlife you'll see!

2. New England Aquarium - Boston, MA

Admission: Kids 3-11 $22, Adults $31, and Seniors $29.

Few experiences will be as memorable and unforgettable as the New England Aquarium, located in the heart of Boston. Learn about ocean life from all around the world and experience sights unlike any other. The New England Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource. You'll undoubtedly see why once you pay a visit to this New England wonder. Check out the new Sea Turtle Rescue exhibit, where little scientists can try their hand at diagnosing sick turtles and follow the paths of five recently released sea turtles.

1. Museum of Science - Boston, MA

Admission: Kids 3-11 $24, Adults $29, Seniors $25.

No list of must-see museums would be complete with out the legendary Museum of Science in Boston. One of the most famous museums in the world, the MOS features a revolving schedule of temporary exhibits, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows, as well as more than 700 interactive permanent exhibits, live shows, and so much more. A fan-favorite is Body Worlds & the Cycle of Life, a truly unique opportunity to view more than one hundred preserved human specimens that reveal the wonders of human development and demonstrate how poor health, good health, and lifestyle choices can shape your body.

That concludes our list of the top 5 museums in New England! Were there any New England mainstays we left out? Let us know in the comments below!

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