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Museums don’t have to be a snoozefest. And they’re not all littered with ‘please don’t touch’ signs. Here are some great museums for kids that your little ones will actually want to return to.

Children’s Museum IndianapolisIndianapolis, IN

This place regularly shows up on lists of the country’s best children’s museums, and for good reason. Believed to be the world’s largest museum for kids, it’s chock-full of exhibits, play spaces and even a theater with live performances. Admission is free on the first Thursday evening of each month.

Kids will have a dino-mite time at the Children's Museum Indianapolis. Credit: childrensmuseum.org.

Kids will have a dino-mite time at the Children’s Museum Indianapolis. Credit: childrensmuseum.org.

Please Touch Museum; Philadelphia, PA

The name says it all: Launch a rocket. Have a fairy tea party. Ride a vintage carousel. Play with worms. There’s not much off-limits at this two-story shrine to unstructured play.

At Philly's Please Touch Museum, nothing is of-limits—not even the iconic 1908 carousel.

At Philly’s Please Touch Museum, nothing is of-limits—not even the iconic 1908 carousel.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art;Amherst, MA

Created by the man behind classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the museum includes thousands of original works by children’s illustrators. It also offers art classes, puppet shows and storytimes with A-list children’s authors. We’ll take that over some stuffy art museum any day.

Very hungry for fun? Head for the Carle Museum in Amherst. Credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.

Very hungry for fun? Head for the Carle Museum in Amherst. Credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.

Madame Tussauds; various locations

Teenagers can stage the ultimate selfie at these wax museums featuring their favorite stars. Laugh it up with “Jimmy Fallon” in Orlando, Florida; pose with pop star “Jason Derulo” in Hollywood, California; and your teenage son probably won’t mind cozying up next to the likeness of Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima at the New York City location.

Vegas has nothing for kids? Bullocks, we say. They'll love rubbing elbows with the "celebs" at Madame Tussauds. Credit: Daniel Ramirez/Flickr.

Vegas has nothing for kids? Bullocks, we say. They’ll love rubbing elbows with the “celebs” at Madame Tussauds. Credit: Daniel Ramirez/Flickr.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York, NY

At face value, a visit to the Met sounds about as kid-friendly as a board meeting. But art and music classes, storytime in the Nolan Library and self-guided gallery scavenger hunts make the museum accessible to even the littlest art lovers.

Kids can take a huge bite out of the Big Apple, starting with the Met. Credit: Wikipedia.

Kids can take a huge bite out of the Big Apple, starting with the Met. Credit: Wikipedia.

National Naval Aviation Museum; Pensacola, FL

Let your kids’ imagination take flight at this museum, which showcases hundreds of planes dating back to World War 1, flight simulators and more. Pensacola is also home to the Blue Angels, and visitors can catch the flying phenoms practicing over the museum most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from March to November. Then stick around for autographs inside the museum. Oh, and admission is always free.

When will kids be bored at the National Aviation Museum in Pensacola? When pigs fly. Credit: Alan Wilson/Flickr.

When will kids be bored at the National Aviation Museum in Pensacola? When pigs fly. Credit: Alan Wilson/Flickr.

Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, IL

Free admission for kids under 14 is just one reason to visit this museum, which offers special workshops for kids and teens yearround. There’s also a special audio tour designed for kids ages 5 to 10. Other perks include a designated family restroom, nursing-friendly Family Room full of puzzles and books, and a cafe stocked with kid-friendly staples like chicken tenders and PB&Js. Keep your eyes peeled for the museum’s mascot, Artie the lion, who appears at many family-friendly festivals.

If someone tries to tell you Art Insitute Chicago ain't for kids, they're lyin'. Credit: Calbeeb/Flickr.

If someone tries to tell you Art Insitute Chicago ain’t for kids, they’re lyin’. Credit: Calbeeb/Flickr.

Treehouse Museum; Ogden, UT

What’s more inviting to kids than a treehouse? That’s the centerpiece of this museum that invites little ones to “step into a story.” Kids can ride fake horses in a rodeo, sit in a mock Oval Office, play teacher in a pioneer schoolhouse and more. Better still: Admission costs just $7 for kids and an unheard-of $5 for adults.

Grow your child's imagination at the Treehouse Museum in Ugden, Utah. Credit: Make Less Noise/Flickr.

Grow your child’s imagination at the Treehouse Museum in Ugden, Utah. Credit: Make Less Noise/Flickr.

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One thought on “The 8 best museums for kids in America”

  1. When visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, please stop by the
    Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia and see an example of
    every Pez dispenser ever sold!

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