Boston Museum of Science

February 12, 2011 - Even though oddity is my island here at O.T.I.S., regular readers know that I’ll sometimes pretend that mainstream things are odd just to give me an excuse to write about them. Also, that I generally define oddity as anything that catches my eye (no matter how hard I throw it). Truth is, even the most boring, mundane, jejune, bland thing in the world is strange if you stand on your head and look at it, and that’s generally the position I assume when I write.

Science museums are a good example of this, not that they are any of those above-written pejoratives, but they are decidedly mainstream. That said, some of them can get kind of boring if they’re too geared toward “interactive children’s exhibits,” which is just generally a phrase that creeps me out thanks to the juxtaposition of the last two words. These museums are excellent place to see amazing traveling exhibits, though, such as this one on Mythic Creatures or this one on the Science of Aliens.

However, the Boston Museum of Science has some pretty cool stuff on permanent display, including a range of large-animal taxidermy, a giant room-dominating Van de Graaff generator (which for some reason we didn’t take a picture of), and Anakin Skywalker’s Naboo Starfighter (which I only find cool because I way dig movie props, even from movies I hate). And all that in addition to exhibits on space exploration and dinosaurs, the cool kids of the science disciplines peer group.

The museum features a butterfly garden, which sounds like
a wussy thing to enjoy, but which is actually pretty cool.
It's an entire room of free-roaming butterflies that you can
walk through while they flutter around you like you're
some kind of Disney movie heroine.

Actually, unlike the taxidermy so far in this photo essay, this
is a live possum specimen that they trotted out for a
nature demonstration that we happened to catch.


  1. One of my favorite places. By a happy coincidence, I visited recently and wrote a tribute. I think I even saw that very same Opossum!

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  2. I was in Boston yesterday (the 12th, the same day as this posting) and went to the MoS for the first time. (and no, I didn't come here through Google; I'm a regular reader of this blog, so this is a genuine odd coincidence)

  3. I love the MOS. The planetarium is wonderful, and was just completely upgraded. In fact, I think you missed the reopening by one day.

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  5. I lived in Charlestown, right over the bridge from the MOS... Walked there just about every weekend to spend the day just roaming the halls and reading and people watching. I love that place. Quite possibly the best science museum in existence.