5/26-9/26: ''Play It By Ear," children and their families can touch, experiment, and interact with works of art.
Commonwealth Museum of Massachusetts History 220 Morrissey Blvd., (near JFK Library), Columbia Point, Dorchester. 617-727-9268. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Also open 2d and 4th Sat. of the month 9 a.m.-3 p.m. except holiday weekends. Closed major holidays. Ongoing: ''Le Grand Derangement: The Acadian Exile in Massachusetts 1755-1766," exhibit defining the deportation of the Acadians on the eve of the French and Indian War (1755-1763) and their subsequent experience in the province of Massachusetts Bay.
Harvard Museum of Natural History 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045. www.hmnh.harvard.edu Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. $7.50, students and seniors $6, ages 3-18 $5, under 3 free; free Wed. 3-5 p.m. Sept.-May; free to all Sun. 9 a.m.-noon. Ongoing: ''The Glass Flowers"; ''The Miracle Bird: The Story of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker"; ''Meteorites."
4/29: ''Looking at Landscape: Enviornmental Puzzles from Three Photographers," featuring work by aerial photographer Alex S. MacLean, MIT professor of landscape architecture and planning Anne Whiston Spirn, and MacArthur fellow Camillo Jose Vergara." The exhibit runs through the summer.
Harvard University Art Museums Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-495-9400. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. $7.50, seniors, college students with ID $6, under 18 free, free Saturday 10 a.m.-noon. One admission allows entrance to all three Harvard Art Museums, Sert Gallery remains free.
Arthur M. Sackler Museum 485 Broadway, Tours Mon.-Fri. at 2 p.m. Through 5/7: ''Frank Stella 1958." The exhibit focuses on the year 1958 in the career of Frank Stella, one of the nation's prominent postwar artists. Through 6/11: ''Evocative Creatures: Animal Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Art." Through 7/23: ''The Tablet and the Pen: Drawings from the Islamic World," 28 drawings primarily from the 15th-18th centuries.
Busch-Reisinger Werner Otto Hall (enter through Fogg Art Museum). Tours Mon.-Fri. at 1 p.m. Exhibits specialize in art of German-speaking countries. Through 5/21: ''Tempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt." Through 11/19: ''Objects for a Kunstkammer: Early European Collecting, 1550-1700."
Fogg Art Museum 32 Quincy St., Through 6/25: ''American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950." Includes the work of John Singer Sargent, John La Farge, and Charles Demuth. Through 7/30: ''The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance," focusing on painting techniques, sculpture, pictorial space, and artistic process.
Institute of Contemporary Art 955 Boylston St., Boston. 617-266-5152. Tues-Wed noon-5 p.m., Thurs noon-9 p.m., Fri noon-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $7, students and seniors $5, under 12 free; free to all Thurs. 5-9 p.m. Through 5/7: ''Living in Motion: Design and Architecture for Flexible Dwelling," featuring work by such noted designers as Marcel Breuer and Isamu Noguchi.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 280 The Fenway, Boston. 617-566-1401. Tues-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (galleries begin closing at 4:45 p.m.) Open some holidays. $10, $11 weekends; seniors $7, college students with ID $5, under 18 free. Free to all with the first name Isabella. Box office for all ticketed events is 617-278-5156. Tues-Fri: 2:30 p.m. ''A Closer Look: An Introduction to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum," regular museum and gallery tours led by museum teachers and volunteers. Free with regular museum admission. Through 1/14: ''A Bronze Menagerie: Mat Weights of Early China."
JFK Library and Museum off Morrissey Blvd., next to UMass-Boston, Dorchester. 617-514-1600. Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, seniors, college students with ID $8, ages 13-17 $7, 12 and under free. Mon-Sun: 10 a.m., noon. and 2 p.m., 4 p.m. ''Jack Paar and PT 109" and World War II newsreels, short films shown in conjunction with the current JFK exhibit. Through 9/30: ''Handmade and Heartfelt," folk art from the museum's collections of gifts primarily from private citizens. Through 2/28: ''A Journey Home: John F. Kennedy and Ireland," explores President Kennedy's relationship to his ancestral homeland, featuring a large selection of documents, photographs, and film footage.
MIT Museum 265 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-4444. Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. $5, students, seniors, and ages 5-18 $2. Closed major holidays.
Main Galleries Through 6/11: ''Scopes, Station Wagons, and Solder: Unexpected Images From the Rad Lab and RLE Collections," highlights from the collection of photographic negatives from the MIT Radiation Laboratory. Through 6/30: ''Finding Form: The Art of Richard Filipowski," works by this noted sculptor reflect the impact of Bauhaus ideas in American architectural education.
The Dean's Gallery MIT Sloan School of Management 50 Memorial Drive, Building E52, 4th floor, Room 466 Cambridge. 617-253-9458. Free. Through 5/12: ''Aaron Fink: Elements, and Other Prints," 22 prints from Aaron Fink's 1987 portfolio called ''Elements" shown alongside six other prints by the artist from MIT's permanent collection.
List Visual Arts Center 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680. Free. Tues.-Thurs. noon-6 p.m., Fri. noon-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon-6 p.m. 5/4-7/9: ''9 Evenings Reconsidered: Art, Theatre, and Engineering, 1966," artworks, ephemera, drawings, film, and photo documentation of a 1966 historical performance event that featured John Cage, Lucinda Childs, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.
Mary Baker Eddy Library 200 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-450-7000. Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through 5/31: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children's photography exhibit, the culmination of a contest among Boston area schoolchildren ages 10-17 who photographed their daily lives.
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org Mon-Tues 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $15, seniors and students age 18 and over $13; age 17 and under free (except until 3 p.m. school days $6.50); general admission includes a repeat visit within 10 days. Admission Wed. after 4 p.m. is by donation. Only West Wing is open Thurs.-Fri. 5-9:45 p.m.; admission is discounted $2. Closed major holidays.
Main exhibits Through 7/9: ''Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century" and ''Contemporary Cloth: Stoles by Makiko Minagawa," diverse collection of porcelains and shawls. Through 4/16: ''Facets of Cubism," 40 objects representing a dozen artists highlighting Cubism as an art form. Through 5/14: ''David Hockney Portraits." Through 7/9: ''Contemporary Cloth: Stoles by Minagawa Makiko." Through 7/9: ''Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century." Through 7/23: "Degas to Picasso: Modern Masters." Through 8/13: ''Light My Fire: Rock Posters from the Summer of Love." Through 11/9: ''Tradition and Transformation: Japanese Art 1860-1940."
Grossman Gallery at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 230 The Fenway, 617-369-3718. Free. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Through 4/12: ''SMFA Traveling Scholars: 2004 Award Recipients." 4/9: noon-3 p.m. Open Studios.
Museum of Science Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500. TTY line 617-589-0417. Through 7/4: Sat.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Exhibit Halls only $15; seniors $13, ages 3-11 $12. Planetarium, laser show, or Omni Theatre $9, seniors $8, ages 3-11 $7. Butterfly Garden $4 above regular Exhibit Hall admission.
Exhibit Halls: Through 4/30: ''Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination," exhibit using all six ''Star Wars" films as a gateway to examining technologies of today and tomorrow. Tickets for this special event $20, seniors $18, ages 3-11 $17, includes general Exhibit Halls admission usable on the same day or within six months of visiting the exhibition. Admission is by timed ticket only, advance reservations recommended. Call 617-723-2500.
Theater of Electricity Lightning shows daily at noon and 2 p.m., also Fri. at 7 p.m. Ongoing: Butterfly Garden. Living exhibit with plants and free-flying butterflies. $4. Ongoing: 3-D Digital Cinema. Showing the films ''Bugs!" and ''Mars 3-D." $4.
Hayden Planetarium $8.50, ages 3-11 $6.50, seniors $7.50. Ongoing: Laser Shows: ''Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon," ''Laser U2," ''Laser Magic," ''Laser Beatles," and ''Laser Led Zeppelin." Through 4/30: ''Countdown to Supernova," watch as stars are created from clouds of gas and dust. Through 4/30: ''Far, Far Away: The Worlds of Star Wars," 40-minute show comparing the fantasy planets of the ''Star Wars" movies to Earth and to the planets and moons in the solar system.
Mugar Omni Theater 617-723-2500. $8.50, ages 3-11 $6.50, seniors $7.50. Through 4/30: ''Special Effects," large-format film examining innovative wizardry effects of blockbuster movies including scenes from the ''Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition." Through 4/30: ''Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France," large-format film exploring the human brain, its complexity and capabilities told through stories of world-class athletes. Through 4/30: ''
New England Aquarium Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5200. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Select holidays 9 a.m.-6 p.m. TTY 617-973-0223. $17.95, seniors discounts available, ages 3-11 $9.95, under 3 free.
Main Gallery Ongoing: 200,000-gallon giant ocean tank with a Caribbean coral reef that's home to sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and tropical fish; ''Edge of the Sea," hands-on tidepool touch tank; ''Stars of the Sea," summer themed program featuring eight aquarium species as celebrity actors with their own personalities and attitudes about the world's oceans.
Old South Meeting House 310 Washington St., Boston. 617-482-6439. Mon-Sun 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, seniors and students $4, ages 6-18 $1, under 6 free. Ongoing: Where the Boston Tea Party began. ''Voices of Protest"; ''Behind the Scaffolding"; ''If These Walls Could Speak."
Old State House Museum State and Washington streets, Boston. 617-720-1713. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. $5, seniors and students $4, ages 6-18 $1. Museum tracing the history of Boston from the American Revolution to the 20th century, operated by the Bostonian Society. Ongoing: ''The Hancock House: A Landmark and Legacy"; ''From Colony to Commonwealth"; ''Where in the World Does Boston Come From?"; ''Adapting to America: Six Synagogues and Their Stories."
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. 617-496-1027. Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $7.50, students and seniors $6, ages 3-18 $5; free to all Sun. 9 a.m.-noon and on Wed. 3-5 p.m. Sept.-May. Closed holidays. Ongoing: ''Distinguished Casts: Curating Lost Monuments at the Peabody." Through 12/31: ''From Nation to Nation: Examining Lewis and Clark's Indian Collection," expedition artifacts. Through 6/30: ''Imazighen! Beauty and Artisanship in Berber Life," jewelry, leatherwork, metalwork, pottery, textiles, and weaponry of the Berbers. Through 6/30: ''The Moche of Ancient Peru: Media and Messages," collection of pottery from the little-known Moche culture of ancient Peru. Through 9/10: ''Reconfiguring Korea: Roger Marshutz's Photographs of Pusan, 1952-1954." 4/19-3/31: ''A Noble Pursuit: The Duchess of Mecklenburg Collection from Iron Age Slovenia."
Semitic Museum of Harvard University 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. 617-495-4631. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. Free. Closed holiday weekends. Ongoing: ''The Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal, Divine," includes full-scale replica of a two-story Iron Age village house. Ongoing: ''Nuzi and the Hurrians," detailing everyday life in northern Mesopotamia circa 1400 BC. Ongoing: ''Ancient Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection."
Skywalk Observatory 50th floor of the Prudential Building, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 617-859-0648. Mon-Sun: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $10.50, seniors $8, under 12 $7. Permanent exhibits and displays include ''Wings Over Boston," an aerial video tour of the city in the Skywalk Theater; Dreams of Freedom immigration museum; Ted Williams Museum exhibit.
USS Constitution Museum Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown. 617-426-1812. Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Beginning May 1 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free, but donations welcome. Ongoing: ''The Barbary War: Piracy, Politics and Power."
American Textile History Museum 491 Dutton St., Lowell. 978-441-0400. Thurs-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8, students and seniors 6, under 6 free. Closed Mon-Wed and holidays. Ongoing: ''Textiles in America," 500 artifacts including clothing and accessories, tools, machines, photos. Ongoing: ''Weave Shed," see fabrics woven from the museum's working weave shed. Sun: 2 p.m. Family Fun, hands-on programs with stories, crafts, and quilt projects.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum Lowell National Historical Park, 100 John St., Lowell. 978-970-5000. $2-$6. Mon-Fri: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Reproduction of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms, interactive exhibits, videos about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and Lowell.
Cape Ann Historical Museum 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. $6.50, seniors $6, students $4.50. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Ongoing: ''Fitz Hugh Lane Exhibit," large permanent collection of paintings and drawings by the late American luminist; works by other Cape Ann artists, furniture and decorative arts, artifacts and photos of local fishing and granite industries. Through 6/18: ''Intimate Portraits" new work by Rob Amory. Through 6/18: Oil and Watercolor: Paintings of Cape Ann by Christopher Pullman.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum 28 Main St., Route 133, Essex. 978-768-7541. Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Closed major holidays. $5, students and seniors $3, under 12 free. Ongoing: Tours of museum and working shipyard; changing exhibits in the Waterline Center.
Griffin Museum of Photography 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158. Tues-Thurs 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. $5, seniors $2, under 12 free; free to all Thurs. Closed major holidays. Through 4/30: ''PhotoSynthesis: A Collaboration of the Boston Arts Academy, Griffin Museum and Winchester High School." Through 4/30, in the emerging artist gallery: Lisa M. Robinson. 5/11-8/13: 12th annual Griffin Museum juried show.
5/11: 7-8:30 p.m. Reception for the juried show. Reserve by 5/5.
Hammond Castle Museum 80 Hesperus Ave., Gloucester. 978-283-7673. Beginning 4/15 open Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed major holidays. $6.50, seniors and students $5.50, ages 4-12 $4.50. Ongoing: Medieval-style castle, oceanside home of inventor John Hays Hammond Jr.
House of Seven Gables Derby and Hardy streets, Salem. 978-744-0991. Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. New England's oldest mansion (1668). Artifacts spanning three centuries; Nathaniel Hawthorne memorabilia. Through 5/31: ''Stopping the Clock: A Time to Remember Salem's Pequot Mill Strike of 1933."
Marblehead Museum and Historical Society 170 Washington St., Marblehead. 781-631-1768. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Ongoing: J.O.J. Frost Folk Gallery. Folk art paintings and models by this acclaimed folk artist and native Marbleheader (1852-1928).
Peabody Essex Museum: East India Square Salem. 978-745-9500. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $13, seniors $11, students $9, 16 and under and Salem residents free; includes Salem Historic house tours. Admission to museum's Yin Yu Tang house $4 above regular museum admission. Through 4/23: ''Air Lines: Photographs by Alex MacLean." Through 10/22: ''Exposing the Source: the Paintings of Nalini Malani," paintings and watercolors featuring powerful imagery of women's inner lives, of India's urban culture, and of Hindu and Greek mythology. Through 7/23: ''Taj Mahal, The Building of a Legend," features 40 paintings, watercolors, photographs, and objects exploring the architecture and mystique of the Taj Mahal. 4/22-9/4: ''Painting Summer in New England," featuring the work of Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and other artists who used New England as a source of inspiration.
Public Health Museum in Massachusetts Old Administration Building at Tewksbury Hospital, 365 East St., Tewksbury. 978-851-7321, ext. 2606. Open by appointment. Exhibits on milestones in public health in the United States include displays about polio, mental health, nursing. Also a historic WPA mural.
Revolving Museum Mack Plaza, Shattuck St., Lowell. 978-937-2787. Free. Tues-Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Through 4/23: ''Pollard Progression." 5/20-6/18: Youth Art Exhibition.
5/20: 2-4 p.m. Opening reception for Youth Art Exhibition.
Somerville Museum 1 Westwood Road, Somerville. 617-666-9810. Thurs 2-7 p.m., Fri 2-5 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m. Free. Through 5/20: ''From Yucaiquin to Somerville: El Baile de los Negritos." The exhibit looks at Salvadoran immigrants in Somerville and how they have continued to celebrate religious traditions from their home country.
Wenham Museum 132 Main St., Route 1A, Wenham. 978-468-2377. Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed major holidays. $5, seniors $4, ages 2-16 $3. Ongoing: ''Antique Dolls and Doll Houses." Through 6/30: ''Beavers: Creatures of Industry," climb into a beaver dam, learn about the life of a beaver, the interaction between American Indians and European traders in the late 16th century, walk into a conical wigwam and imagine life as a member of a Northeast tribe.
Cahoon Museum of American Art 4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit. 508-428-7581. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed major holidays. $4, children under 12 free. Fri: 11 a.m., docent-led tours. Through 5/14: ''Folks in Fiber." 5/9-6/25: ''Past Perfect: The Landscapes of Thomas B. Hingham." 6/20-8/6: ''Heavy Machinery, Weber Grills and Dainty Things: New Works by Edith Vonnegut." 8/8-10/1: ''Consider the Source: Early Influences on Ralph and Martha Cahoon's Early Paintings."
Cape Cod Museum of Art Cape Playhouse Center for the Arts, Route 6A, Dennis. 508-385-4477. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Closed major holidays. $7, children under 18 free. Docent gallery tours Wed. at 11 a.m., Sat. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Seven galleries, landscaped sculpture garden, museum shop. Through 6/4: ''Recent Gifts and Acquisitions from 2005." Through 5/7: The work of Cynthia Packard. Through 5/21: ''The Morris Cohen Gift: J.J. Enneking and J.E. Enneking." Through 4/20: ''The Art of Enameling." Through 4/30: ''Declan Halpin, En Masse: Recent Work." Through 5/7: Paintings by Michael Rogovsky, large landscapes and coastal views. 5/13-6/25: Rick Fleury, landscape and coastal view paintings. 5/27-8/27: ''William H. Littlefield (1902-1969): A Retrospective." 6/3-8/20: The work of Anne Packard.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 869 Route 6A, West Brewster. 508-896-3867. Through May 31 Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1-Sept. 30 daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, $7 seniors, ages 3-12 $3.50, age 2 and under free. Ongoing: Indoor exhibits on Cape Cod flora and fauna on 80-acre site next to 300 acres of conservation land with nature trails. Ongoing: ''Living on the Edge," an interactive coastal exhibit. Ongoing: Marine exhibits include freshwater and saltwater tanks with a variety of animals.
Fuller Craft Museum 455 Oak St., Brockton. 508-588-6000. Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. $8, seniors and students $5, under 12 free. Through 4/30: ''The Edges of Grace: Provocative, Uncommon Craft." Through 6/18: ''The Beauty of Use: Japanese Mingei Pottery." Through 6/18: ''Hilary Pfeifer's Warm." Through 6/18: ''(No) Strings Attached." Through 6/7: ''Looking Back, Looking Forward: The State of Clay in Massachusetts."
Hull Lifesaving Museum At the Museum of Boston Harbor Heritage, 1117 Nantasket Ave., Hull. 781-925-5433. Wed-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed major holidays. $5, seniors $3, children free. 19th-century lifesaving station with exhibits on shipwrecks, rescue gear; play loft for children. Through 9/24: ''Sea Dogs! Great Tails of the Sea," interactive display focusing on breeds of dogs that have earned a reputation as hardy ''sea dogs."
Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center 963 Washington St., Canton. 781-821-8853. Fri-Sun 1-5 p.m. $3-$4. Ongoing: Permanent collection of original art by such noted artists as John James Audubon and Andy Warhol.
Nantucket Whaling Museum 13 Broad St., Nantucket. 508-228-1894. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. $8-$15. Ongoing: Restoration of the candle factory, skeleton of a 46-foot sperm whale, period room dedicated to island life during the whaling era.
New Bedford Art Museum 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford. 508-961-3072. Through Memorial Day Wed-Sun noon-5 p.m., Thurs noon-7 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $3, students and seniors $2, children under 17 free. All children must be accompanied by their adult caregiver. Through 5/7: ''Nature Interrupted."
New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. 508-997-0046. Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. $10, seniors and students $9, ages 6-14 $6, under 6 free. Ongoing: ''From the Deep: The Sperm Whale, Bone by Bone," watch as researchers and technicians from the museum and Roger Williams University reassemble the bones of a 46-foot sperm whale that washed ashore on Nantucket in 2002; ''Dutch Whaling in the Golden Age"; ''British Paintings and Scrimshaw"; ''KOBO, King of the Blue Ocean"; ''A Storied Lens: The Photographic World of Norman Fortier"; ''The Glories of Glass: New Bedford Art Glass"; ''The Forecastle."
New England Fire and History Museum Route 6A, Brewster. 508-896-5711. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. $1-$7. Ongoing: Permanent display of 30 historic fire engines, the 1929 Mercedes-Benz Fire Engine, a Chicago Fire diorama, fire movies, equipment, and memorabilia. Village blacksmith shop, and an apothecary shop. Children's play area.
Pilgrim Hall Museum 75 Court St., Plymouth. 508-746-1620. Mon-Sun 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $6, seniors $5, ages 5-17 $3, under 5 free; families $16. Ongoing: Exhibition of Pilgrim possessions including the Bradford Bible, Brewster great chair, Peregrine white cradle, the only portrait of a Pilgrim, and the earliest sampler made in America.
Plimoth Plantation 137 Warren Ave., Exit 4, Route 3 south, Plymouth. 508-746-1622. Mon-Sun 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24, ages 6-12 $14, seniors $21, under 6 free includes admittance to Village, Wampanoag Homesite, Mayflower II, the Crafts Center, Nye Barn. Living history museum of 17th-century Plymouth. Ongoing: ''Thanksgiving: Memory Myth and Meaning"; ''13 Moons: A Seasonal Food Cycle"; ''Provisioning a Ship."
Plymouth Cordage Museum Cordage Commerce Center's Tower Building, 10 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth. 508-746-7707. Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Free. Ongoing: Collection of memorabilia focusing on an era when Plymouth was at the top in the manufacturing of rope. Also shows the impact on the trade made by immigrants from Germany, Portugal, and Italy.
Scituate Mossing and Maritime Museum 301 Driftway, Scituate. 781-545-5565. Sun 1-4 p.m. Ongoing: maritime exhibits, sea captain's parlor furnished with 1860s antiques, ship building room.
USS Salem Museum 749 Washington St., Route 3A, Quincy. 617-479-7900. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6, seniors and students $4. Ongoing: Former US Navy heavy cruiser that served as flagship of the Navy's 6th Fleet. Ongoing: ''US Navy Cruiser Sailors Association Museum"; ''The USS Saint Paul Memorial"; ''The USS Newport News Memorial"; ''US Navy SEAL Exhibit"; and a collection of ship models.
McMullen Museum of Art 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. 617-552-8587. www.bc.edu/artmuseum. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. Free. Through 6/4: ''Secular/Sacred: 11th-16th Century Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston."
Charles River Museum of Industry 154 Moody St., Waltham. 781-893-5410. Thurs-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, seniors/students $3, under 6 free. Ongoing: Explore inventions that powered America into the modern age -- steam engines, generators, timepieces, machine tools, bicycles, automobiles, and hundreds of other gizmos, plus the geniuses who perfected them. Ongoing: ''The Widgets of 128: How a Highway Invented the Future," examines the companies, products, and inventions along America's first beltway highway, Route 128.
Clark Art Institute 255 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303. www.clarkart.edu Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, students/age 18 and under free. Free admission Nov. 1-May 31. Through 5/17: ''The Clark: Celebrating 50 Years of Art in Nature," exhibit devoted to the history and future of the Clark Museum. Through 5/31: ''Hail to the Chiefs." Through 6/18: ''Pastels." Through 4/30: ''Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints and Photographs from the Clark." 6/3-9/4: ''The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings from the Collections of Sterling and Stephen Clark."
Danforth Museum of Art 123 Union Ave., Framingham. 508-620-0050. www.danforthmuseum.org Wed-Sun noon-5 p.m. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun noon-5 p.m. $8, seniors and students $6, under 12 free. Through 4/19: ''Brooke A. Knight: Every Environment is Text-Rich: Framingham." Through 4/23: ''Ilana Manolson: Twice Reflected." Through 5/21: ''Rhythmic Brushwork: Agents of Sight and Sound." Through 6/4: ''Katherine Porter: Embroideries." Through 6/4: ''Jeannie Williamson: Art Quilts."
4/22: 6-8 p.m. Opening reception for ''Rhythmic Brushwork" and ''Jeannie Williamson: Art Quilts."
Davis Museum of Art Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2051. www.davismuseum.wellesley.edu Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. Free. Through 6/30: ''Modernist Art: New Permanent Collection Installation." Through 6/30: ''Art from China, Japan, and Korea." Through 6/3: ''Xu Bing: Any Opinions?" an exhibit exploring words, language, and more. Through 5/24: ''On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West," experimental work from the 1980s to 2004.
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355. www.decordova.org Tues-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $9, seniors/students and age 6-12 $6, age 5 and under free. Drop-in Sundays, 1-3 p.m. for ages 6-12. Sculpture Park and store remain open. Ongoing: ''Nina Levy: Headlong and Big Baby." Ongoing: ''William Tucker: Chinese Horse II and Turning." Ongoing: ''Requiem for the 20th Century," outdoor media artwork by Korean-born video art pioneer Nam June Paik. Through 4/16: ''Recent Print Acquisitions: The Workshop Portfolios." Through 4/16: ''Software Art." Through 4/16: ''James Surls: The Splendora Years, 1977-1997." 4/29-8/20: ''2006 DeCordova Annual Exhibition." 5/4: 6-9 p.m. Reception for ''2006 DeCordova Annual Exhibition."
Ecotarium 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 508-929-2700. www.ecotarium.org Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun noon-5 p.m. $10, children/seniors $8, under 3 free. Ongoing: Three-level museum of environmental exhibits, indoor/outdoor wildlife habitats, nature trails, planetarium. Ongoing: ''Secrets of the Forest," explore the creatures that live in the forest through artifacts, video, and hands-on activities. Ongoing: ''The Green Carnivores," exhibit on bizarre plants with an appetite for bugs. Through 6/25: ''Tree Houses," hands-on tree exhibit.
Fitchburg Art Museum Merriam Pkwy., Fitchburg. 978-345-4207. www.fitchburgartmuseum.org Tues-Sun noon-4 p.m. $7, seniors/students $5, under 12 free. First Sunday of every month is Grandparents' Day. Bring your grandchild and be admitted free. Through 6/4: ''New England/New Talent," juried exhibition of contemporary art by emerging artists of New England.
Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester. 508-770-1515. Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibits, photographs, videos, documents, etc., dedicated to providing cultural, historical, and educational opportunities concerning the life and public service of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, their family, and associates.
Hancock Shaker Village Routes 20 and 41, West Pittsfield. 413-443-0188. www.hancockshakervillage.org Mon-Sun 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, ages 13-17 $4, children free. Call for Shaker Family Suppers schedule. Ongoing: Self-exploration tours daily; historic buildings and working farm.
Higgins Armory Museum 100 Barber Ave., Worcester. 508-853-6015. www.higgins.org Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. $8, seniors/children $7, 5 and under free. Ongoing: ''Helen Meyrowitz: The Armor Series."
Historic Deerfield Off routes 5 and 10, Deerfield. 413-775-7214. www.historic-deerfield.org Mon-Sun 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $14, ages 6-21 $5, under 6 free. Guided and self-guided tours of 14 historic house museums, changing exhibits, family programs. Ongoing: ''Recent Acquisitions at Historic Deerfield"; ''The Canton Connection: Art and Commerce of the China Trade, 1784-1860." Through 12/31: ''At Home in Holland: Dutch Decorative Arts from the Historic Deerfield Collection," featuring 17th-18th century objects inspired in Holland. Through 12/30: ''Engraved Powder Horns From the French and Indian War and the American Revolution: The William H. Guthman Collection."
Longyear Museum: 1125 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. 617-278-9000. Mon 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. Explores the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy, discoverer and founder of Christian Science. Ongoing: ''Mary Baker Eddy: A Spiritual Journey," photographs, letters, artifacts. Mon: 2 p.m. ''Teas and Tours," 40-minute gallery tour followed by tea, cookies and sweets, $5.
Mass MoCA (Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art) 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111. www.massmoca.org Daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. $10, students $8, children $4. Ongoing: ''Joseph Beuys: Lightning with Stag in Its Glare"; ''Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic"; ''Sound Art at MASS MoCA." Through 2/19: Huang Yong Ping Retrospective. Through 9/4: ''The New Sound of Music: Hybrid Instruments by Ken Butler," featuring a collection of musical instruments made from everyday materials including tools and household objects.
Memorial Hall Museum 8 Memorial St., Deerfield. 413-774-3768, ext. 10. www.deerfield-ma.org May 1-Oct. 31 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $6, students/youth $3, under age 6 free. Ongoing: ''Arthur N. Fuller: Deerfield Prints 1915-1935;" ''Marsha Arms: Photographs of Children 1936-1942"; ''Fourth Biennial Old Deerfield Quilt Challenge."
National Heritage Museum 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. 781-861-6559. www.monh.org Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. Free. Ongoing: ''To Build and Sustain: Freemasons in American Community," learn about historic masons and discover how Freemasonry works in communities. ''Made in Massachusetts," exhibit honoring the long history of inventiveness and craftmanship in Massachusetts; objects from the early 18th-century to things we use today. Through 4/23: ''American Family Treasures: Decorative Arts From the D.J. and Alice Shumway Nadeau Collection." Through 5/14: ''From Sea to Shining Sea: A Collaborative Quilt From the Rose Baker Senier Center." Through 5/21: ''Picturing What Matters: An Offering of Photographs from George Eastman House Collection." Through 9/17: ''Gershwin to Gillespie: Portaits in American Music."
Newton History Museum, Jackson Homestead 527 Washington St., Newton. 617-796-1450. www.newtonhistorymuseum.org Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 2-5 p.m. $5, seniors/children $3. Documented station on the Underground Railroad. Ongoing: ''Rediscovering Newton Artists, 1850-1950"; ''Saved From the Dump!" photographs illustrating changing 19th- and 20th-century lifestyles, architecture, and family generations. Through 1/25: ''Seeking Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America."
Norman Rockwell Museum Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, ext. 220. www.nrm.org Through April Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Beginning in May Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12.50, college students $7, age 18 and under free. Call about after-school art workshops for children. Through 5/31: ''National Geographic: The Art of Exploration." Through 5/30: ''Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay." Through 5/20: ''Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney." 5/27-1/28: ''Norman Rockwell's 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers." An exhibit of original Saturday Evening Post cover tearsheets featuring Rockwell's illustrations created between 1916 and 1963. 6/10-10/29: ''Frederic Remington: American Mythmaker."
Old Sturbridge Village Rte. 20 west, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830. www.osv.org Tues-Sun 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $20, $18 seniors, ages 3-17 $6, under 3 free. Re-created 1830s village. ''Kidstory," learning center where kids imagine life in a 19th-century house, etc. Ongoing: ''Busy Hands and Useful Hours: Samplers and Embroidered Textiles."
Rose Art Museum Brandeis University, South Street, Waltham. 781-736-3434. www.brandeis.edu/rose. Tues-Sun noon-5 p.m. $3, under 12 free. 4/27-7/30: ''Erwin Wurm: I Love My Time, I Don't Like My Time." 4/27-7/30: ''Sarah Walker: Paintings."
Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. 781-768-8367. www.spellman.org Thurs-Sat noon-5 p.m. $5, seniors/students $3, under 16 free. Ongoing: ''Rarities From the Museum's Collection"; ''History of Zeppelins on Stamps."
Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle 220 State St., Springfield. 413-263-6800. www.quadrangle.org Tues-Fri noon-4 p.m. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10, $7 seniors $5 college students with ID, $3 children 6-17. Ongoing: ''Treasures of the Valley: Life Along the Connecticut River, 1600-2000"; ''Seuss on the Loose in Springfield." Through 6/4: ''The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit." Through 9/3: ''Earth Attacks! Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis."
Williams College Museum of Art Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-2429. www.wcma.org Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. Free. Ongoing: ''Specimens of a Higher Art: Ancient Art From the Collection"; ''Wall Drawing #959: Uneven Bands From the Upper Right Corner," by Sol LeWitt; ''Masterpieces Ancient to Modern."
Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406. www.worcesterart.org Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8, seniors $6, children 17 and under free. Ongoing: ''Don't Be Afraid," collaborative mural by Jim Hodges. Through 4/16: ''Recent Acquisitions in Photography." Through 8/13: ''David Thorpe: A Meeting of Friends." Through 3/4: ''Mountain Harvests: Chinese Jades and Other Treasured Stones." 5/6-8/19: ''Surrealist Works On Paper."
Currier Museum of Art: 201 Myrtle Way., Manchester. 603-669-6144. Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Tuesday and major holidays. $7, seniors and students $6, under 18 free; free to all Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Through 6/26: ''Voices y Visiones: Highlights from El Museo del Barrio's Permanent Collection."
Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth College, Hanover. 603-646-2808. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Through 10/1: ''Globalization in Ancient Costa Rican Arts."
Meredith Children's Museum 28 Lang St., Meredith. 603-279-6307. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $6. Ongoing: ''Rube Goldberg" ball room, climbing castle, bubble room, grocery store.
Museum of New Hampshire History 6 Eagle Square, Exit 14 off I-93, Concord. 603-228-6688. Tues-Sat 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. $5.50, seniors $4.50, age 6-18 $3, family maximum $17. Ongoing: ''New Hampshire Through Many Eyes Exhibition."
New Hampshire Institute of Art 148 Concord St., Manchester. 603-636-0313. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9-noon. Free. 4/17-5/15: ''Mythopoetic: Works by Gerry Williams." 4/18-5/15: ''Michael E. Jones: Profiles of a Painter."
Portsmouth Athenaeum 9 Market Square, Portsmouth. 603-431-2538. Tues, Thurs, Sat 1-4 p.m. Through 4/22: ''Coming Home to the Warner House."
Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville. 207-872-3228. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun noon-4:30 p.m. Free. Through 4/30: ''Selections From the Bowdoin College Museum of Art." Through 4/30: ''Faculty Exhibition: Listening: Scott Reed." Through 5/21: ''Colors: Contemporary Color Photography."
Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center 16 Museum St., Rockland. 207-596-6457. Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Day to Columbus Day open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, seniors, students and 18 and over $8, under 18 free. Through 6/4: ''James Wyeth: Selected Works." Through 6/11: ''Maine in America: Approaching Abstraction." Through 6/18: ''Jamien Morehouse: Liberty Banners."
Maine Historical Society Museum 489 Congress St., Portland. 207-774-1822. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through 6/11: ''A Riot of Words: Broadsides and Ballads, Posters and Proclamations."
Portland Museum of Art 7 Congress Square, Portland. 207-775-6148. Tues-Thurs, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Memorial Day to Columbus Day open Mondays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8, students and seniors $6, ages 6-17 $2, under 6 free; free to all Fri. 5-9 p.m. Through 5/21: ''The Maine Perspective: Architectural Drawings: Toward Modernism, 1925-1985." Ongoing: ''Form and Design in Glass and Ceramics." Through 5/7: ''Between Plan and Elevation: The Work of George lloyd." 6/23-10/15: ''Paris and the Countryside: Modern Life in Late-19th-Century France."
Newport Art Museum 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport. 401-848-8200. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. Closed major holidays. $6, seniors $5, students $4. Through 5/21: Annual juried exhibition.
Providence Children's Museum 100 South St., Providence. 401-273-5437. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $6.50, free under age 1. Ongoing: ''Waterways"; ''Pets and People"; ''Teeth"; ''Hey Look!."
Rhode Island School of Design 224 Benefit St., Providence. 401-454-6500. Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open 3d Thurs. of month until 9 p.m. Closed major holidays. $8, seniors $5, college students $3, ages 5-18 $2, under 5 free; free Fri. noon-1:30 p.m.; free every Sun. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; adult tours $7. Through 4/16: ''The Natural World, the Body and the Divine." 4/21-7/23: ''From Goodnight Moon to Art Dog: The World of Clement, Edith and Thatcher Hurd."
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration Mystic. 860-572-5955. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ongoing: ''Hidden Amazon"; ''Return to Titanic"; ''PT-109 Collision with History." $16, seniors $15, ages 3-12 $11, under 2 free.
Wadsworth Atheneum 600 Main St., Hartford. 860-278-2670. Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Galleries open first Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m. Closed major holidays. $10, seniors $8, students with ID $5, age 12 and under free; additional fees charged for select exhibits; free to all Sat. 10 a.m.-noon; first Thurs. of month 5-8 p.m., $5 donation. Through 5/21: ''Moved by Music: Herbert Gentry," geometric figurative abstractions inspired by jazz rhythms. Through 6/18: ''Double Exposure," photographs of African-American life Through 4/16: ''Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession, Sculpture From the Iris B. Gerald Cantor Foundation." Through 6/1: ''Revivals: Costumes for Song and Dance." Through 6/30: ''Barnaby Hosking/MATRIX 155."
William Benton Museum of Art University of Connecticut, 245 Glenbrook Road, Storrs. 860-486-4520. Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 1-4:30 p.m. Free. Through 8/6: ''Stolen Childhoods: The Global Plague of Child Labor" photographs by Robin Romano." Through 8/6: ''Molas From the Elisabeth Hans Collection." 4/11-8/6: ''Seeing the Unseen: Photographs by Harold E. Edgerton."
Yale Center for British Art 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-2800. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. Free. Closed major holidays. Through 4/23: ''London: John Virtue." Through 6/4: ''Mr. Whatman's Mill: Papermaking and the Art of Watercolor in Eighteenth-Century Britain." 5/25-9/10: ''Britannia & Muscovy: English Silver at the Court of the Tsars." 6/23-9/17: ''Searching for Shakespeare."
Yale University Art Gallery 1111 Chapel St., at