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Awards & Recognition

2017
  • Boston magazine’s Best of Boston® 2017 - Best Birthday Party Location, Kids
  • Boston Parents Paper - Top 5 Winner of Reader's Choice Family Favorites in the Museum category
  • NEMA Publication Awards - First Place for Capital Campaign, & Other Development Materials: Wonder Ball Program Booklet/Project Directors: Sue Kim & Ally McGinty
  • NEMA Publication Awards - First Place for Marketing/PR Materials: Maker Faire Campaign Posters/Project Directors: Tim Porter & Alice Vogler
  • NEMA Publication Awards - Third Place for Educational Publications, Materials, & Kits: Family Tinker Kit/Project Directors: Kathryn Jones & Jessie Kravette
  • NEMA Publication Awards - Third Place for Annual Report: Everyday Impact/Project Director: Peter Broderick

2016
  • Boston Parents Paper - Family Favorites
  • Baystate Parent - Best Museum – Special Needs
  • Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Native Voices Exhibit
  • National Leadership Grant to Directly Support School Readiness through Partnerships
  • Breakthrough Moments received FIRST PLACE for Annual Reports: Project Director: Peter Broderick
  • Tinker Kit won Second Place for the Educational Publications, Materials, and Kits category: Project Directors: Beth Fredericks and Jessie Kravette.
  • Small World poster received Honorable mention for PR/Marketing Materials: Project Director: Tim Porter

2015
  • International Lifetime Achievement Award - The Children in Museum Award - Hands On! International Conference
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – Emerson College – Carole Charnow
  • 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator
  • Interactive Media Awards™ - Best in Class (Museum Category - Website)

2014
  • Boston Parents Paper Family Favorite Museum Winner 2014

2013
  • 2013 National Medal - Museum and Library Service
  • Boston Parents Paper Family Favorite Museum Winner 2013

2012
  • Family Favorite Indoor Play Space - Boston Parents Paper
  • Certificate of Excellence - Trip Advisor
  • Beyond the Chalkboard - Best of the Web (Education) - Museums and the Web
  • Foreign Minister of Japan's Commendation • 12 Best Children's Museums - Forbes.Com
  • Honorable Mention - 2012 Promising Practice Award program
  • Boston Parents Paper Family Favorite Museum Winner 2012

2011
  • Parents Magazine Names 10 Best Children's Museums in the Nation

2010
  • Boston Business Journal's Green Business Summit Award - Invention - Our Green Trail
  • Boston Parents Paper Family Favorite Museum Winner 2010

2009

  • Merit Award - AGC Build New England Awards Program
  • Favorite Museum - Boston's Parents Paper
  • Boston's Best Museum - Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Awards 2009
  • KIDS @fterschool - MetLife Foundation and Association of Children's Museums Promising Practice Award
  • Leadership - MCC Commonwealth Award - Lou Casagrande
  • Boston Parents Paper Family Favorite Museum Winner 2009

2008
  • Boston's Greenest - American Institute of Architects and Mayor Menino
  • Bell Ringer Award, Marketing Communications Campaign: General - Publicity Club of New England
  • LEED® Gold Certification – U.S. Green Building Council
  • Preservation Achievement Award for Significant Restoration and Renovation – Boston Preservation Alliance
  • Professional Award – American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Green Award – City of Boston and Mayor Thomas M. Menino
  • Boston Parents Paper Family Favorite Museum Winner 2008

2007
  • Best of the New – Boston Globe Magazine
  • Best Family Hangout, Rainy Day – Boston Magazine
  • Silver Level Reader’s Choice, Museums – Community Newspaper Company
  • Boston Parents Paper Family Favorite Museum Winner 2007