About Us

The Museum's Mission

The Museum’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology.

This role becomes ever more important as science and technology shape and reshape our lives and world, and it means we:

  • Promote active citizenship informed by the world of science and technology
  • Inspire lifelong appreciation of the importance and impact of science and engineering
  • Encourage young people of all backgrounds to explore and develop their interests in understanding the natural and human-made world

To do this, we will continue to build our position as a leader in the world’s museum community and use our educational perspective as an informal learning institution to help the formal pre K – 12 education system.

The Museum's Vision

The Museum of Science believes that everyone has a role to play in the world of science and technology – as learners, as future scientists or engineers, as citizens of our nation, as community leaders and members of the workforce, as consumers, and as stewards of our planet.

The Museum of Science is committed to deepening the public’s relationship with science and technology by leading efforts throughout the United States and abroad, in both formal and informal educational arenas, to redefine the roles that science centers can play.

  • Within our own building, we will continuously transform our exhibits and programs to tell a story of the natural world and the designed world that focuses on the important connections, sustainability and interdependencies of these worlds.
  • Throughout New England, we will form partnerships with all sectors to enrich our offerings, to represent the cutting edge of science and technology, and to take our invitation into science and technology out to schools and neighborhoods in order to build and strengthen our community.
  • Throughout the nation, and the world, we will take a leadership role in integrating engineering into school curricula, in forming networks with other Museums to engage visitors everywhere in exploring the impact of science and technology on their lives, and in developing an expanded role for science centers as conveners of forums on critical societal issues.

Through these efforts, the Museum of Science will foster communities near and far in which all citizens have access to the worlds of science and technology and the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about the issues and developments shaping their lives and our planet’s future.

Leading the Way

One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most highly attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science is ideally positioned to lead the nationwide effort to promote engineering education awareness, bringing science, technology, and mathematics alive through its exhibits, programs, and more.


The governing body of the Museum of Science prepares, publicizes, and is guided by the Museum's mission to play a leading role in transforming the nation's relationship with science and technology.

Find out more about the Museum's president and trustees and museum advisors, or examine our annual reports and code of ethics.

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National Center for Technological Literacy®

The NCTL inspires and fosters the next generation of engineers and technology leaders by promoting technology and engineering understanding in schools and museums nationwide.

Find out more about this nationwide network of partnerships


The Museum also collaborates with many organizations to educate the public about developments in science and engineering.

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Enterprise and Traveling Exhibits

The Museum hosts and develops traveling exhibits, collaborates on projects, and provides consulting and other services.

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Washburn Award

This annual award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution toward public understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in our lives.

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Walker Prize

This annual prize is presented to a noted scientist, professor, or researcher who is a superb science communicator via the written word and is well known for superlative work in his or her field.

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Environmental Sustainability

The Museum strives to be a leader in understanding the consequences of human actions on the Earth and uses that understanding to guide our decision-making, our educational products and services, and all our endeavors.

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Become a Part of the Museum

Whether you’re interested in employment, an internship, or volunteering, you can contribute to the excitement of science, technology, and engineering education.

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