Experimental Biology: Things to do in Boston

Are you planning to come to Boston a little early or stay late to enjoy the city? Here are some fun places to visit.

Give a Day of Service to Boston on Friday, March 27th, spend the day at Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons provides children living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play. Put together a group of lab members or colleagues and get to know one another better, all while supporting a great cause.


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From the collection of Jack and Beverly Wilgus

See Phineas Gage! This is on the top of my list. The skull of Phineas Gage and the tamping iron that shot through his frontal lobe is on display at the Countway Library of Medicine on the Harvard Medical School campus. This small display is free to the public, though a photo ID is required to visit.




Miracle of Science Bar + Grill - Cambridge, MA, United States



Get your nerd on at the Miracle of Science Bar and Grill. The creative menu is displayed on a Periodic Table drawn with chalk on the wall. Share with your colleagues all the cool scientists you met and the weird questions visitors to your poster asked all while enjoying their acclaimed burgers and chicken skewers.

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Gilbert Stuart 1796 portrait of Washington


With collections from ancient to contemporary from across the world, you could spend a whole day at the Museum of Fine Arts. Second on the list of Things to Do in Boston by Tripadvisor, the museum is currently hosting an exhibit on Gordon Parks, one of the most celebrated African American photographers of his time, Gustav Klimt’s “Adam and Eve,” and a collection of fashion and jewelry from the 1930’s and 40’s, Hollywood’s Golden Age of glamour, just to name a few. Admission is free Wednesday nights after 4 pm, with a suggested donation of $25.

Chocolate Molino




Indulge at the Taza Chocolate Factory. With lots of samples, this informative $6 tour shows how Taza makes 100% Stone Ground, Mexican-style organic dark chocolate and vintage chocolate making machines. Currently, $1 of every ticket goes toward The Possible Project, a non-profit youth entrepreneurship center in Cambridge. Online reservations are required.

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Work off the inevitable conference calories with a run on the Freedom Trail. This 2.5 mile trail leads you to 16 historically significant sights. Walk or run this route on your own, hire a walking tour guide, or join the Freedom Trail Run. The running tour stops at each site, so even beginning runners can participate. This 2-hour run is held on weekends and the $40 registration fee includes a free drink, T-shirt, and return boat ride.


Get down with the fishes at the New England Aquarium. This aquarium features a multi-story coral reef tank in which visitors can get an up close view at multiple levels and meet Myrtle, a 560-pound green sea turtle. You can also visit the hands-on tank, where you can touch rays and baby sharks. And don’t forget the penguins and sea lions!


Visit the Mapparium, a world-famous, 3-story stained glass globe. This map of the world as perceived in 1935 is revealed by a sound and light show at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Play with the incredible acoustics, learn about major changes in the world, and visit the adjacent neoclassical Hall of Ideas.


Author: ilovebraaains

I am a neuroscientist using zebrafish to study mechanisms of neuroregeneration.

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