Image by Yoshiki Hase
This educational playground has more than 600 interactive exhibits. Favorites include the world’s largest lightning-bolt generator, a full-scale space capsule, a world population meter and an impressive dinosaur exhibit. Kids and adults alike can go wild exploring computers and technology, maps and models, the birds and the bees, and human evolution. Recent additions include the Hall of Human Life, where visitors can witness the hatching of baby chicks, and the Yawkey Gallery, with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Charles River.