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Ever stood next to a mammoth? Discovered a sunken ship? How about flown through the Milky Way? If not, here’s your chance to do all that and more — at The Museum of Science in Boston.
Named Yankee Magazine’s “Best of New England Readers’ Choice” for cultural attraction in science, the museum is now 182 years old — but it’s anything but old-fashioned. Featuring the most technologically advanced digital theater in New England, with a full-dome video in the planetarium and other amenities, the Museum of Science is likely to stimulate every atom of your being.
Among the many exhibits, be sure to visit Cliff, the 23-foot-long Triceratops fossil, a 65 million-year-old dinosaur marvel that’s one of only four nearly complete Triceratops on public display in the world. Travel back to a colder time to see the current exhibit “Mammoths to Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age,” on display till Jan. 13, with full-size replicas of the woolly beasts.
The museum also offers a variety of live shows, presentations and hands-on workshops, including films in 3-D digital cinema and demonstrations of lightning. Younger children can enjoy educational play in the Discovery Center and older ones can take to the seas in “Shipwreck Investigations.”
The Museum of Science is open Saturday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission ranges from $19 to $22 depending on age. Visit www.mos.org or call (617) 723-2500 for more information.
Directions: Go east on the MassPike to I-93 North and take Exit 26 onto Storrow Drive. As you leave the tunnel, stay to the left for Leverett Circle/28N. Go through the Leverett traffic lights and proceed onto 28N, also called the O’Brien Highway. The museum will be on your left, with a parking garage at the far end of the building.
— Lauren Robison Jones