The best museums in Boston in 2022

These are the top 20 best museums in Boston, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in Boston, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in Boston.

These are the best museums in Boston:

  1. Boston Tea Party - Ships and Museum1

    Boston Tea Party - Ships and Museum

    Your chance to re-live the events of the Tea Party - on a replica on one of the ships. Thrilling and educative at the same time.
  2. Museum of Science2

    Museum of Science

    The Museum of Science ( MoS ) is a science museum and indoor zoo in Boston , Massachusetts , located in Science Park, a plot of land spanning the Charles River . Along with over 700 interactive exhibits, the museum features a number of live presentations throughout the building every day, along with
  3. Paul Revere House3

    Paul Revere House

    A part of the Freedom Trail and the home of one of the key figures of American Revolution - Paul Revere. In April 1775, this man rode to Concord to alert the Americans that the British forces are coming. He didn’t actually make it because he was stopped by the British. Nevertheless, he became famou
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  5. Bunker Hill Monument4

    Bunker Hill Monument

    The Bunker Hill Monument is a monument erected at the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill in Boston , Massachusetts , which was among the first major battles between the Red Coats and Patriots in the American Revolutionary War . The 221-foot (67 m) granite obelisk was erected between 1825 and 1843 in
  6. New England Holocaust Memorial5

    New England Holocaust Memorial

    The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts , is dedicated to the Jewish people who were murdered by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust .
  7. Old State House Museum6

    Old State House Museum

    The Old State House is a historic building in Boston , Massachusetts . Built in 1713, it was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court until 1798. It is located at the intersection of Washington and State Streets, and is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States. One of the landmar
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  9. The Institute of Contemporary Art7

    The Institute of Contemporary Art

    The Institute of Contemporary Art ( ICA ) is an art museum and exhibition space located in Boston , Massachusetts , United States of America . The museum was founded as the Boston Museum of Modern Art in 1936. Since then it has gone through multiple name changes as well as moving its galleries and s
  10. Old South Meeting House8

    Old South Meeting House

    The Old South Meeting House is a historic Congregational church building located at the corner of Milk and Washington Streets in the Downtown Crossing area of Boston, Massachusetts , built in 1729. It gained fame as the organizing point for the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. Five thousand or
  11. USS Constitution9

    USS Constitution

    USS Constitution , also known as Old Ironsides , is a three-masted wooden-hulled heavy frigate of the United States Navy . She is the world's oldest ship of any type still afloat. She was launched in 1797, one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the thir
  12. Museum of Fine Arts10

    Museum of Fine Arts

    The Museum of Fine Arts (often abbreviated as MFA Boston or MFA ) is an art museum in Boston , Massachusetts . It is the 20th-largest art museum in the world, measured by public gallery area. It contains 8,161 paintings and more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive coll
  13. New England Aquarium11

    New England Aquarium

    The New England Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Boston, Massachusetts . In addition to the main aquarium building, attractions at the New England Aquarium include the Simons Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, which operates from April through November. The aquarium has more t
  14. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum12

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an art museum in Boston, Massachusetts , which houses significant examples of European , Asian , and American art . Its collection includes paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and decorative arts. It was founded by Isabella Stewart Gardner , whose will called for
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  16. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum13

    John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and museum of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963), the 35th president of the United States (1961–1963). It is located on Columbia Point in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston , Massachusetts , next to the University o
  17. Charlestown Navy Yard14

    Charlestown Navy Yard

    The Boston Navy Yard , originally called the Charlestown Navy Yard and later Boston Naval Shipyard , was one of the oldest shipbuilding facilities in the United States Navy . It was established in 1801 as part of the recent establishment of the new U.S. Department of the Navy in 1798. After 175 year
  18. Boston Children's Museum15

    Boston Children's Museum

    Boston Children's Museum is a children's museum in Boston , Massachusetts , dedicated to the education of children. Located on Children's Wharf along the Fort Point Channel , Boston Children's Museum is the second oldest children's museum in the United States. It contains many activities meant to bo
  19. Uss Cassin Young16

    Uss Cassin Young

  20. Franklin Park Zoo17

    Franklin Park Zoo

  21. Armory Museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company18

    Armory Museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company

    The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts is the oldest chartered military organization in North America and the third oldest chartered military organization in the world. Its charter was granted in March 1638 by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed by Gover
  22. Nichols House Museum19

    Nichols House Museum

    The Nichols House Museum is a museum at 55 Mount Vernon Street on Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts . The house in which it is located was designed by the architect Charles Bulfinch , and built by Jonathan Mason , the politician, in 1804. The building was renovated in 1830. The museum is named fo
  23. William Hickling Prescott House20

    William Hickling Prescott House

    William Hickling Prescott House , also known as the Headquarters House , is an historic house museum located at 55 Beacon Street on Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts . It is the left-hand portion of a double townhouse at 54–55 Beacon Street, seen in the photograph. The townhouse, built in 1808 to

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