New York and Washington D.C. get the most attention when it comes to great museum cities on the East Coast, but Boston is an unsung cultural giant of its own, with a wealth of world-class museums and educational attractions. Boston’s museums are very family-focused and are as enlightening as they are fun. Here are Boston’s best museums for the whole family.

More than any other museum, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (pictured above, courtesy of @deaprima) truly captures the history of the city, and offers excellent historical reenactments that the whole family can enjoy, along with participate in. From its perch in the middle of Fort Point Channel, the museum invites familes to learn about the American Revolution, throw some tea overboard, and embrace their inner yankee.

No family trip to Boston is complete without a visit to the Boston Children’s Museum, across Fort Point Channel from the Tea Party Ships & Museum (pictured above, courtesy of . With exhibits that focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, along with an interactive maze, the Boston Children’s Museum is a great place for the whole family to explore.

If you have a dinosaur enthusiast in your family, make sure to stop by Boston’s Museum of Science. With a variety of life-sized dinosaurs on display, along with an excellent planetarium, the Museum of Science will spark your kids’ imagination like nowhere else in the city.

While it’s not quite a museum, the New England Aquarium is a must-do during your next visit to Boston. Equipped with a massive Giant Ocean Tank filled with marine life from every corner of the globe, tide pools and optional Whale Watch cruises, the aquarium, which overlooks the stunning Boston Harbor, is a great attraction to add to your list during your next Beantown visit.