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Our most recommended Boston Museums & Exhibitions

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo

1. Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo

Enjoy the spectacle of the Boston Lights once again illuminating Franklin Park Zoo with sparkling new lantern additions, plus a few returning favorites. Experience over 50 displays of hundreds of magnificently crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres for this seasonal event. Walk through glowing corridors of lotus and sunflowers. Discover luminous scenes from the rainforest, whimsical ocean displays with creatures of the deep, glowing stretches of bamboo, traditional Asian lanterns, and a stunning 66-foot-long rose corridor. Immerse yourself in luminous animal and ocean scenes, traditional Asian lantern displays, and a stunning 164-foot-long phoenix, lighting up the dazzling night sky. New this year is a colossal 82-foot-long octopus tunnel with blinking eyes and color-changing tentacles, sure to dazzle and delight guests of all ages.

Boston: Immersive Monet and the Impressionists Entry Ticket

2. Boston: Immersive Monet and the Impressionists Entry Ticket

Step inside the world of the Impressionist artists with this entry ticket to the Immersive Monet and the Impressionists exhibition. Enjoy a tantalizing exploration of color on an enormous scale and ravishing music specially created for this exhibit. Appreciate the work of the Impressionists — radicals that shook up the art world in the 19th century — in a different form. See how their efforts to capture the ever-elusive effects of sunlight and movement in expressive brushstrokes are magnified in this exhibition. Marvel at how the Impressionists captured both the transient nature of beauty, as well as the timeless beauty of nature. From Monet’s celebrated water lilies to Degas’s graceful dancers and so much more, step inside living paintings during this immersive experience. At Immersive Monet and the Impressionists, enjoy a masterpiece for the senses created by Massimiliano Siccardi, the creator of the original Immersive Van Gogh that sold over 4.5 million tickets in North America.

Boston: Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Interactive Tour

3. Boston: Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Interactive Tour

Considered the most important event that led to the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party was part of a resistance movement in British America. Be part of this event that changed history on an interactive tour. Meet live characters, see replica ships, and learn about the people involved. Take a handbill from one of the colonists and find out what part you’ll play. In the meeting house, hear the story of the night of December 16, 1773 and receive your own mohawk disguise before the march to Griffin's Wharf begins. Experience the thrill of throwing a crate of tea into the sea and explore the replica ships that recreate the original vessels from the 18th century. Inside the museum, travel back in time with 3D holographic characters and watch British soldiers and colonial patriots argue right before your eyes. Then experience the battle inside the giant wraparound theater for a complete history lesson.

Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

4. Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

Journey back to the 17th century at Plimoth Patuxet and experience a unique immersion experience. The main campus includes two living history exhibits (Patuxet Homesite, 17th Century English Village) the Craft Center, Davis Gallery Exhibit in the visitor center, four retail stores, a cafe, and Nye Barn where some of the Rare Breeds animals live in addition to the Village to portray the Pilgrim story. After you view the orientation film in the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, begin your experience at the historic Patuxet Homesite on the banks of the Eel River where guests learn about the Native peoples who have lived here for over 12,000 years. Learn about the indigenous heritage of the Northeast from contemporary interpreters who discuss the 17th-century life-ways of a culture that continues to thrive today. Following the path, your next stop is the Craft Center where you will meet Plimoth artisans reviving historic crafts. Restrooms and refreshments are available here. Then, proceed to the 17th-Century English Village, a journey 400 years back in time. Plymouth Colony comes to life in a recreation of the early English Pilgrim settlement, complete with timber-framer houses furnished with reproductions of the types of objects that the Pilgrims owned, aromatic kitchen gardens and heritage breed livestock. Historical performers, portraying real people who lived in Plymouth Colony, will educate and captivate with stories of the Mayflower's crossing, life among the Pokanoket and other nearby Native people. Help with chores, learn a dance, sing a song, or serve in the militia drill under Captain Standish's watchful eye. Back in the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, you will find Plentiful Café, where a wide selection of culinary treats from history, including Wampanoag and pilgrim foods, can be found. Try a 17th-century recipe cheesecake or the sensational Indian pudding. Upgrade to a Combo Ticket or Heritage Pass to include a visit to Mayflower II or/and Plimoth Grist Mill. The iconic Mayflower II is docked on Plymouth's historic waterfront and welcomes visitors to climb aboard and experience what the 1620 crossing was like for the Pilgrims. Plimoth Grist Mill is a working mill on the original site of the Plymouth colony, within walking distance of the Plymouth waterfront and downtown, and approximately 2.5 miles north of Plimoth Patuxet. Journey back in time to the first water-power-driven grist mill in the country still in operation.

Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 2 to 5 Attractions

5. Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 2 to 5 Attractions

Ensure a hassle-free trip with the Boston city pass that is accessible straight from your mobile phone (also available to print) and is valid for 60 days from your first visit. Save time and money compared to paying individual admission prices. Marvel at the wonders of the sea with a visit to the New England Aquarium, explore the city aboard a hop-on-hop-off trolley, or choose a Boston sunset cruise. Simply browse your digital guide for where to go next, show your pass to be scanned at the entrance or ticket office, and you're in. Choose any 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions or tours from the following: Tours and Cruises • Historic Sightseeing Cruise (April to October) • CityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 1-Day Ticket (April to November) • Boston Sunset Cruise (May to September) • Fenway Park Tour • Boston Bike Rental • Boch Center Wang Theatre Tours • The Harvard Tour Museums and Places of Interest • New England Aquarium • Old State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo Ticket • Museum of Science • Harvard Museum of Natural History • Boston Children's Museum • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston • Museum of Fine Arts • Salem Witch Museum • USS Constitution Museum • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum • JFK Presidential Library and Museum • Franklin Park Zoo • Peabody Essex Museum • Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions.

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It really is very nice, you can see the dedication, that the effort to make all the figures of lights, they are striking and many of them have movement, you spend a pleasant time with the family, I recommend going even when the day is a little clear to see the figures in both forms, congratulations

We thought the whole experience was great. The guides/actors did an incredible job, had great enthusiasm, and made it educational but 'fun' considering the topic. It was very well run and organized.

It was amazing. I felt like I was part of the paintings. And the music was perfect. I’m so glad I experienced it.

Beautiful, but they need light for black people to take pictures.

Very nice, I really enjoyed it with my granddaughters