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  • Natural Mysteries

  • © Nicolaus Czarnecki

  • © Nicolaus Czarnecki

  • © Nicolaus Czarnecki


Natural Mysteries

Permanent Exhibit

Scientists use classification to uncover the natural world’s hidden patterns and meanings. With its reference library of interesting objects, enticingly mysterious environments, and hands-on activities, Natural Mysteries inspires you to use this basic skill in brand-new ways.

Explore North American habitats: a Sonoran desert cave, an abandoned schoolhouse in the New England woods which offers clues for visitors, and a sandy beach where you can observe and classify rocks and minerals, leaves, and shells.

At the center of the exhibit is an old-style museum where the collection drawers are yours to open and explore. Observe selections from the Museum's collection of donated stuffed animals, some of which are over 100 years old.


Blue Wing, Lower Level. Find on map

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  • Tactile Illustrations
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Audio Label
  • Multisensory Interactives
  • For information about accessibility in the Museum: For questions or accommodation requests: 617-589-3102, Please request ASL interpeters at least two weeks in advance.