The Mapatorium is when of the best and least advertised attractions in Boston. To describe it really does not do it justice. It’s a large stain glassed globe built in the 1930’s that you can walk through. The globe has not been updated so you get to see the world as it divided amongst the colonial powers pre world war II. Because of it’s shape and size you also get all kinds of weird acoustic effects when you talk, which is loads of fun for both young and old. The mapatorium is part of the museum complex at the Christian Science center in Boston. The museum is very high tech interactive and interesting even if you don’t know much about this church or their beliefs.
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. This museum is the oldest continously operating museum in the U.S. and has an impressive maritime collection. It is also home to a large collection of Curtis Edward photographs of Native American Indians taken in the late 1800s early 1900s. Unfortunately, Curtis Edward's work is not on permanent display.
The Peabody Essex Museum is located at East India Square in Salem, MA 01970.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum..
Well as denoted by the last name of this great lady, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an indoor-type garden which is full of the most beautiful flowers I have ever laid eyes on. Unfortunately it is missed by many people passing through because lots of people come for Boston's history which is all well and good, but this museum is really incredible.
Every few months a new artist-in-residence changes and gives the museum a new feel, so its always, always worth going back for another look.
It closes during the dead of winter.
DeCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA has many beautiful and intriguing modern art sculptures and many that are simply puzzling. I guess the same can be said about modern arts in general :) It's just 10 minutes from Walden Pond so it can be included on the same itinerary. The drive around Lincoln is also a pretty, particularly in the Autumn.
To get there, take the Walden Pond exit from Rte 2. Drive past Walden Pond and take the first left. Go for a few miles until you see the signs.
Museum of Fine Arts.
On the Avenue of the Arts, this is one of America's great art museums. Its not near anything else and I don't reccomend exploring the area around it. I didn't like what I found. But the tourist bus brings out right to it.
Opening at the Museum of Science in the fall of 1999, the only computer museum in the world is home to a plethora of interactive exhibits. Exhibits include a journey through the history of computers (including an original Enigma machine); make-your-own-robot; explore how networks function; the largest keyboard in the world; and a virtual fishtank. This is a must-see for any gadget-lover.
OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE: Step back in time to the 1830s and experience how rural New England communities lived. The buildings, furniture, tools, farm animals and gardens are all true to the period, and you will meet historically costumed 'villagers' who are going about their daily life... The village is located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (about one hour southwest of Boston); Tel.: (508) 347-3362