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Boston is filled with incredible museums and some end up becoming overshadowed. Due to the larger, more popular choices, you may be missing out on something special. If you love heading out to explore a museum, here are ten of the top Boston museums you may not have visited yet.

Museum of African American History – 46 Joy Street

A unique look at the story of African-Americans in the New England area throughout the 19th century is what you’ll find at this museum. IT’s filled with great artifacts telling the stories dating back to the early 1800s. The African Meeting House is the oldest standing black church in the United States, dating back to 1806.

This museum is free to enjoy and donations are appreciated. Visit the museum website here for more information.

Gibson House – 137 Beacon Street

A beautiful home and museum in the Back Bay area, the Gibson House dates back to the 19th century. It shows how life was for those in Back Bay with plenty of money throughout the 19th century and early 20th century. The home includes four floors of beautiful architecture and artifacts to enjoy.

Admission is $9 with discounts for children, students, and seniors. Find out more about the Gibson House by visiting their website here.

Warren Anatomical Museum – 10 Shattuck Street

With collections dating back to the 1840s, this museum features about 15,000 artifacts and cases. It’s a bit of an odd place with things, such as the skull of Phineas Gage. It’s free for all to enjoy and you can find out more about the museum here.

James Blake House – 735 Columbia Road

James Blake House

Dating back to 1661, the James Blake House is the oldest home found in Boston. It’s a unique post-Medieval home and the architecture is truly unique. The house is open for tours every month on the third Sunday. The Dorchester Historical Society hosts the tours and owns the home. Find out more about the house on their official website here.

The Battle Of Bunker Hill Museum – Monument Square

Found across the street from the Bunker Hill memorial and monument, The Battle of Bunker Hill Museum offers plenty of artifacts from the battle. It’s filled with the history of the battle, which happened in 1775 and includes plenty of local history, as well. Admission is free and you can find out more about the museum here.

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. – Faneuil Hall 4th Floor

Dating back to the 1630s, this museum offers military memorabilia with tons of history. It’s filled with tankards, plates, books and many other very old items. You can find the museum across from Faneuil Hall and it’s open to the public until 3pm on weekdays. Find out more about the museum here.

Boston Fire Museum – 344 Congress Street

Dedicated to the Boston Fire Department, this museum is found in an old firehouse from 1891. You’ll discover plenty of history of firefighting and fires in Boston throughout with historical pictures and vehicles on display. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. Find out more about the Boston Fire Museum here.

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum – 2450 Beacon Street

If you’re an engineer, this is your museum. The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is found where the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station were originally located. It shows the history of one of the earliest metropolitan water systems in the country with three coal-powered, steam-driven water pumps dating back to the 1800s.

This museum is free and donations are appreciated. Find out more about the museum here.

Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum – 220 William T. Morrissey Boulevard

Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum

This museum has been around for 31 years and it’s found on the UMass-Boston campus. It includes papers from the vice president John Adams, along with an original copy of the Declaration of Independent from 1776. There are 20 million total documents here and plenty of artifacts, as well.

The museum is free to enjoy and you can find out more on their website here.

Nichols House Museum – 55 Mount Vernon Street

Another great museum you may have never been to in Boston, the Nichols House Museum dates back to 1804. It’s found in an old Federal townhouse designed by Charles Bulfinch. The house was given to the city in 1960 when the last owner died. It depicts how life was in Beacon Hill throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Admission is $10 for adults and kids under 13 are free. Find out more about the museum here.

These are just a handful of some of the lesser-known museums in Boston. There are so many to discover and many are free or you can get in for a small donation.

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