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Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

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Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

We have one day in the Boston area, two young teens and us, before a family event. We're looking for something a little different than the usual.

In the past, we've done the museums (science, aquarium), Boston Commons, Quincy Market, and gone to the North End for dinner. We did the TOMB thing as well. And the various art museums won't hold the boys' interest much.

We will probably use our day to go to Lincoln to see the outdoor sculpture museum (fresh air, big impressive things) and also the farm wildlife conservancy. But in case the weather turns nastier than expected and we need indoor entertainment, I'd love some backup suggestions.

Any interesting smaller museums that anyone can recommend? Or places to visit that are a little out of the way in the Boston area, worth seeing?

In Philadelphia, I would tell people to visit the Mutter Museum, for instance, as it's a lesser known museum and it's a real hidden treasure.

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1. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

Try MIT museum in Cambridge. The museum holds very nice collection of holgrams that may be of interest to both kids and adults.

http://web.mit.edu/museum/

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2. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

If you're there on a weekday, go to the Boston Athenaeum on Beacon Street across from the State House. Most of the first floor is open to the public, and it is a treasure. Through December 5, you can see this exhibition: http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/node/150.

Even if there's no exhibition open, the two small reading rooms overlooking the Old Granary Burying Ground are worth the effort by themselves.

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3. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

Check out the Mapparium at the Christian Science building right next to the Prudential Cener - it is a really cool place to visit:

marybakereddylibrary.org/exhibits/mapparium

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4. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is good.

Disney's Scrooge in 3D is opening soon ... it might be really cool to see in one of th "Omnimax" (is that the name?) theatres. There's one at Jordan's Furniture in Reading and the one at the Aquarium sometimes shows "real" movies.

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5. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

DeCordova is a great option as is Lex/Concord for another outside idea. Indoor spaces are a little more difficult. Maybe the Kennedy Library. Also, the Mass statehouse is a great building to tour but which many folks only see from the outside.

BTW, have you been to the Michener in Doylesville. Wonderful museum that even the kids may enjoy.

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6. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

Thanks to all (so far) for the ideas.

I neglected to mention that on a prior trip we did the MIT museum -- that is indeed a great suggestion, especially for the holograms.

The Michener museum is a new one on me -- it looks great, though the Jim Henson exhibit looks like it's going to be packed.

I jotted down the Maparium as the best backup suggestion (I saw it mentioned on another thread for 'quirky' ideas).

As of right now, we're still hoping to do the outdoor stuff in Lincoln (the wildlife sancturay has one-month-old piglets!) but these are great backup-or-for-the-future ideas!

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7. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

I don't remember how long the Henson exhibit is running but it was not so packed that you could not enjoy it. It was fun for all ages.

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8. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

I'm not sure if your kids are into Harry Potter but there's currrently a Harry Potter exhibit at the Museum of Science until Feb 2010. (It's an additional charge over the cost of the MOS exhibit charge.)

My kids like the ICA, The USS Constitution Museum,climbing the Bunker Hill monument, the Skywalk on top of the Prudential or you could go to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The Boston Public Library has a rare book collection or go to the New England Sports Museum at the TD garden.

For other places outside of Boston, you can check out F1 in Braintree, Patriot's Place in Foxboro, many off beat museums in Salem, MA or what about indoor sky diving in Nashua, NH?

www.mos.org/exhibits_shows/coming_soon&d=3834

prudentialcenter.com/shop/shop_detail.php…

http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/

http://www.icaboston.org/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Public_Library

http://www.f1boston.com/

http://www.skyventurenh.com/

http://salem.org/

www.tdbanknorthgarden.com/sportsmuseum/

www.patriot-place.com/thehall.aspx#overview

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9. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

If you're looking for a museum hidden gem, then the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is it. Incorporating both her architectual collection in the building itself and her displayed artwork, it's truly one of a kind.

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10. Re: Have done the usual in Boston -- other ideas?

Here is a recent thread on "Quirky" Things to do in Boston:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60745-i48-k313586…