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Must-See Museums in Boston

Must-See Museums in Boston

Boston’s museums span everything from the key sites along its American Revolution–tracing Freedom Trail to top-tier art and natural history collections. Check out our picks for Beantown’s must-see museums.

USS Constitution and Museum

Berthed at Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard, this 18th-century frigate is the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. Explore its decks to see its cannons and living quarters, and chronicle its history at the museum.

How to Visit: Book a hop-on hop-off or city tour that calls here or a harbor cruise that includes time to go aboard.

Tea Party Ships & Museum

Comprising an exhibition building and restored tea ships, this museum lets visitors rewind to the 1773 Boston Tea Party, when colonists dumped British tea into Boston Harbor. Watch and participate in re-enactments, and explore the exhibits and vessels.

How to Visit: Make the museum a stop on a hop-on hop-off tour or prepurchase admission and get here on your own.

Old State House

Central to Boston’s Freedom Trail, the Old State House is the city’s oldest public building. Exhibitions chart its role in the 1776 revolution, and a plaque outside marks the area of the 1770 Boston Massacre—when British soldiers shot and killed five colonials.

How to Visit: Join a Freedom Trail tour including a visit or photo stop, buy a ticket independently, or alight here on a hop-on hop-off tour.

Paul Revere House

Once home to American revolutionary Paul Revere, this house was also the starting point of his famous 1775 ‘Midnight Ride.’ Visitors can roam the restored house to see where his family lived, their furnishings, and more.

How to Visit: Take a private or small-group panoramic or walking tour focused on Boston’s Freedom Trail or the city’s wider history.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Located at Harvard University in Cambridge, this family-friendly museum houses 11,000 exhibits, from wildlife specimens to minerals. Treasures include the Blaschka glass flowers: intricate glass models of plants.

How to Visit: Visit the museum on a Harvard campus walking tour or buy a Boston sightseeing pass that includes entry.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)

One of the world’s great arts museums, the MFA houses nearly 450,000 treasures, including Native American and revolutionary-era masterpieces, ancient coins, European and Asian galleries, and classical antiquities.

How to Visit: See it on a bike tour; jump off a trolley tour at the MFA’s home of Huntington Avenue; or save on admission with a sightseeing pass.

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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour. If you upgrade to the Gold or Platinum Pass, you will be given your (seasonal) Harbor Cruise ticket when you check in for the Trolley Tour. These seasonal cruises depart periodically throughout the day close to Stop 1.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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US$49.35
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Admission

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Admission

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Relive the most important event leading up to the American Revolution on this self-guided tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Take a journey back in time to the famous Boston Tea Party, an incident that changed the course of American history. It’s more than a stroll through historic artifacts, though. It’s truly one of the top-rated museums in the city of Boston. Explore authentically restored tea ships and throw the fated tea into Boston Harbor.
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  • 1 hour
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US$29.95
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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

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Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
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  • 2 hours
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with Harbor Cruise Option

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with Harbor Cruise Option

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit nine of Boston’s top attractions — like the USS Constitution, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and Fenway Park, to name a few — on a 1.75-hour loop. Select your pass, then board at any of the nine stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary from a professional tour conductor. Upgrade your experience to include a Boston harbor cruise.
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  • 2 hours
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Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours

Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours

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Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with Go City's Boston All-Inclusive Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, over 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the remaining number of days purchased.
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  • 1 to 7 days
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US$76.00
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Boston History & Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

Boston History & Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

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Explore Boston on foot with this small group walking tour. See highlights like Boston Harbor, Custom House Tower, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market. Learn the true story behind the Boston Massacre, and if you’re lucky, get a glimpse of government in action at the Massachusetts State House. See Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, and the lovely Boston Public Garden. Rest your legs and enjoy time with your local guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS

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Experience Boston’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Boston CityPASS. Visit the popular New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and relax on a Boston Harbor Cruises. Choose between the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the Franklin Park Zoo to complete the experience. This Boston CityPASS is valid for 9 consecutive days from date of first use. Convenient mobile tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from the attractions is not included. Attractions may be required to verify proof of COVID-19 vaccination before allowing entry. Please review attraction requirements before visiting Boston.
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  • 9 days
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

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Explore Boston in a way that interests you on a private walking tour that can be customized to your preferences. You'll follow a flexible itinerary tailored to include attractions that you want to see, such as Boston Common, Freedom Trail, or Copley Square. If you don't have specific interests, you can leave the itinerary up to your guide. Either way, this is a chance to enjoy Boston's history and charm with a guide all to yourself.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$45.00
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