Wenham Museum, Wenham
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Exhibitions curator Jane Bowers describes this museum as "a little bit more intimate" than better known child-friendly museums in the Boston area. The result is a place where almost every exhibit spills beyond its glass display cases, offering an opportunity to play with related items. With the current American folk toys exhibit (through Jan. 18), each antique toy is presented with a reproduction for kids to try. When "Paper Capers" arrives Feb. 5, there will be stations throughout the gallery where visitors can make their own art from origami to paper silhouettes. "What we're trying to do as much as possible is get parents to do these activities in the gallery with their children," said Bowers. Permanent exhibits feature the museum's well-known doll collection, as well as toy soldiers and model trains. For the youngest visitors, there is the Family Discovery Gallery on the basement level. 132 Main St., 978-468-2377, wenhammuseum.org, Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents' and Veterans' days, adults $7, ages 1-16 $5.