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Dates for the Museum Romantic

If you’re looking for museum dates to set the mood for romance or just a fun time with friends, we’ve got you covered with our Valentine’s Day roundup.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

If you enjoy making fun of bad taxidermy with your partner or admiring a room full of sparkling gems, this is the spot for you. Bonus points if you buy a Valentine’s gift from the top tier gift shop.

Museum of Science

Hands-on learning always makes for a fun date (wink)! The Museum of Science offers plenty of opportunities to engage in fun discovery with your partner. Check out the Garden Walk for a little bit of Spring in February.

Isabella Stewart Gardner

Lovers of mystery and true crime might enjoy the site of the famous heist, still the single largest property theft in the world. Sleuthing aside, touring the grand rooms of the Gardner and looking out over the courtyard is enough to make anyone swoon

Boston Athenaeum

If you’re looking for book-filled romance straight out of Beauty and the Beast, the Boston Athenaeum is the perfect date for bibliophiles. Founded in 1807, the Athenaeum is one of the oldest independent libraries in the United States. Visitors can buy a pass for admission to the first floor or level up your date with a day membership.

Museum Job Roundup 2/5/24

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Museum Job Roundup 12/11/23

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Featured Internship

Summer Session Museum Education Teaching Assistant  at The Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA)

Seasonal full-time, stipend starting at $3500 and housing provided

The Addison is seeking a creative and outgoing TA interested in an opportunity to innovate and discover new ways of teaching and learning in all disciplines. The Museum Education Teaching Assistant will work closely with the Addison Gallery of American Art’s Education Department to support the availability of museum resources to Summer Session classes by facilitating two to three museum tours per day, four days per week (Tuesday-Friday). This includes all research and lesson planning for each class on Mondays. While teaching experience is preferred, candidates need not have museum experience, as training will include exhibition content and museum tour methodology. Cara Iacobucci has approved this program for internship credit. 




  • Museum of the Cherokee People (Cherokee, NC): Registrar



Winter Magic & Merriment for Museumgoers

Snow has yet to fall in Boston, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get into the holiday spirit! Keep warm and celebrate the start of winter with a few of these festive events and activities. Please note that many of these programs require tickets. 


Home for the Holidays – Activities for Children

Boston Children’s Museum

Looking for festive fun for little ones? The Boston Children’s Museum is offering a STEAM Family Workshop where children 6+ can build and program a LEGO robot that can push “snow” away. For children under 3, the museum is also offering a Snow Dough program where young visitors can play with homemade snow dough. Both programs are being offered several times this month, check the Boston Children’s Museum Calendar for all available dates. BCM is also hosting a Happy Noon Year on December 31st with all the fun of a New Year’s celebration (minus staying up until midnight)!

Plimoth Patuxet

Plimoth Patuxet is offering family-friendly holiday activities this month. During the workshop, Hearth Cooking for the Holidays, young culinary fans will enjoy learning how to cook 17th-century winter meals using historic tools, techniques, ingredients, and recipes! Breakfast with Santa is a great opportunity for younger children to meet the jolly man himself and engage in festive crafts. For those who don’t celebrate with Santa, Plimoth Patuxet is holding a Children’s Lantern Making and Story Hour.

Concord Museum

Have a young reader in the family? Nurture their love of literature at the Concord Museum’s 28th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is holding an event which might be interesting to budding movie buffs! Join the MFA for a screening of the stop motion animation classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary.


Bright Lights, Big City – Light Displays in and Around Boston

If you’re anything like my family, holiday light gazing is a must! Luckily there are plenty of options for dazzling displays in the Boston area. For those near Boston proper, ZooLights at Stone Zoo is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the animal kingdom in a festive atmosphere. Southwick Zoo’s Winter Wonderland offers lights, shows, and meet and greets for those wanting a wild holiday. History buffs and botanical enthusiasts will enjoy Winterlights at Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens.


Historic Holidays – Celebrate While Learning About History & Culture

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the history and culture buffs among our readers!

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA will be hosting a lively Hanukkah celebration on December 7th which includes an exploration of the museum’s new gallery for Judaica.

Peabody Essex Museum

Fans of Salem will be delighted to know that festivities aren’t limited to Halloween! The Peabody Essex Museum will be hosting a Winter Solstice Celebration which includes Yoga, candle making, live music, and a Winter Solstice ritual.

Old Sturbridge Village

Visitors can experience the fascinating history of Christmas celebrations during Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village. OSV will be offering demonstrations of classic Christmas projects, stories, live music, sweet treats, horse-drawn carriage rides, festive decorations, and a Christmas Tree Trail. 

Andover Historical Society

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party with the Andover Historical Society! Tea Sommelier, Allyson Irish, will give a fun and informative talk about the history of tea, the importance of tea in relation to the birth of American independence, and some of the historical tea houses in Andover. The program will also include a “revolutionary” tea tasting.

The Gibson House

The Gibson House’s Annual Holiday Open House offers a wonderful opportunity to experience a 19th century Christmas. Refreshments will be served, and the event is open and FREE to the public (looking at you students)!


Note from the Editors

As we approach the end of Native American Heritage Month, we recognize the continuing effects of settler colonialism and genocide on Native people. We also want to recognize the power, resiliency, and leadership of so many Indigenous people. We encourage you to take the opportunity to reflect and learn more about the issues facing Native people as well as how we can all be allies in advocating for Indigenous sovereignty and human rights. Museums are not and have never been neutral. It is the opinion of the Tufts Museums Studies Blog that museums must take a stand on issues of human rights and become sites of activism as well as safe and welcoming spaces to discuss fraught issues. 


The TMSB Editorial Team

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