Museum of Science & Charles Hayden Planetarium

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This extremely child-friendly museum is committed to providing an interactive and educational experience, making science accessible through a wealth of hands-on activities and engaging exhibits. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, which houses a giant Van de Graaf generator, providing a safe way to experience a dramatic lightning storm at close range; the domed Mugar Omni Theater for IMAX movies; and the new Butterfly Garden conservatory. At the multimedia Charles Hayden Planetarium, the Zeiss Star Projector reproduces a realistic night sky. There's an enormous gift shop, a decent café courtesy of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and a spectacular view of the river to admire from the vast windows at the back of the museum.

Venue name: Museum of Science & Charles Hayden Planetarium
Address: 1 Science Park

Cross street: at Monsignor O'Brien Highway
Opening hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun; 9am-9pm Fri.
Transport: Green E Line to Science Park
Price: Admission Museum of Science $23. Charles Hayden Planetarium & Mugar Omni Theater $10.