The Museum of Science, Boston is a science museum in Boston, Massachusetts. It began as the Boston Society of Natural History on February 9, 1830, and was founded by Walter Channing, Benjamin D. Greene, George Hayward, John Ware, Edward Brooks, Amos Binney, and George B. Emerson. In 1862, after renting facilities for years, the first museum building was constructed in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. It was named the New England Museum of Natural History.
In 1900, a library and Children’s area was added to the museum, and it was renamed the Museum of Science. In the late 1940s, the original building was sold, and the museum moved to an area now known as Science Park. Construction of the new building began in 1948 and finished in 1951. The name was changed again, this time to the Boston Museum of Science. Many more expansions continued into the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
The museum features a wide range of exhibits and interactive displays that cover various scientific fields such as physics, biology, and engineering. The museum’s exhibits cover everything from the dinosaurs to the outer reaches of the solar system, and the museum has a strong emphasis on hands-on learning. Some of the most popular exhibits at the museum include the Charles Hayden Planetarium, which opened in 1958, the Hall of Human Life, the Butterfly Garden, and an IMAX Theater.
It is a popular destination for school field trips and families with children, and also a popular destination for adults and science enthusiasts. The original Museum of Science building still exists, but is now a home furniture showroom.
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