Museum Surplus for All Ages in Boston

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Boston in a Day

There’s a museum surplus of fascinating collections in Boston worth exploring. Museums where you can linger for hours over the rich history, scientific discovery and artistic achievement of others.

Places like the Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Tea Party Museum, the U.S.S. Constitution, the New England Aquarium and, one of my favorites, the JFK Memorial Library and Museum.

There are also museums where you can be entertained and humored by collections of curiosities and oddities. Museums like the Beer Can Museum and Hall of Fame, the Museum of Bad Art, the Warren Anatomical Museum and even a Boston Plumbing Museum.

Exhibits at these weird and unusual museums may not be as fancy or as important but learning at places like the Boston Athenæum where they display a book quite literally bound in flesh, is much more fun, albeit macabre.

Before you don your insulated parka for a cocktail at the world’s largest permanent icebar (the newest vendor here) know that not all of Faneuil Hall/Quincy Marketplace, is as chilly as Boston’s Frost.

It’s not as whimsical as, say, a frozen Limoncello but the Ancient & Honorable Military Museum on the 4th floor of Faneuil Hall is far warmer with fewer lines.

Locals who come here every day, let alone the tourists, have no idea it’s here.

Inside this historic “cradle of democracy” meeting house is a collection of uniforms, swords, firearms and memorabilia from the Revolutionary War. Admission is free and a National Park Ranger is available for historical talks.