Boston’s Best Museum Exhibits To See This Fall

September 10, 2012 4:00 AM

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All year round, the many museums of Boston show off their permanent exhibits. When the seasons change, or when they get an opportunity to show something new, they offer new or temporary exhibits for residents and visitors that range from the scientific to the artistic. This fall, several of Boston’s museums will feature new and wonderful exhibits. There are many of them to choose from, but whatever you do, don’t miss these.
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Framed: Step Into Art
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 426-6500
Dates: September to January daily
Price: $14/free babies up to 12 months and members

“Framed: Step Into Art” gives children the opportunity to interact physically with representations of famous works of art. The exhibit includes three-dimensional interpretations of pieces such as “Camp at Lake O’Hara” by John Singer Sargent and “Corn Festival” by Diego Rivera. Visitors can walk into the frames and play inside the piece of art. There is also a two-dimensional Mona Lisa with her face cut out so visitors can take pictures with their faces in place of Mona Lisa’s.

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Platforms of Power
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300
Dates: Sept. 29 to March 31
Price: $23 to $25 children younger than 1/$10 except after 3 p.m. on weekdays and on school holidays/free children 6 and younger

Platforms of Power is an exhibition by former Museum of Fine Arts student Daniel Rich. Rich prepared this collection by looking at architecture and finding connections between it, political power and nationalism. Some of the art included in the exhibition comes from Google and newspapers, but many of the images are his own. Rich put it all together using a variety of mediums. This exhibition will give visitors something to think about as well as something at which to look.

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Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure
Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 723-2500
Dates: Opens Sept. 23
Price: $19 to $22

“Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure” is an exhibit brought to the MOS by Odyssey Marine Exploration. It offers educational material including pirate history. It also includes the fun stuff that makes the Museum of Science such a blast. Enjoy robotics, hurricane winds and yes, even treasure. This exhibit will entertain adults and children alike with more than 500 artifacts recovered from real shipwrecks by divers around the globe.

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Law of Fishes
Danforth Museum
123 Union Ave.
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-0050
Dates: Sept. 9 to Nov. 4
Price: $8 to $11/free 17 and younger

“Law of Fishes” is an exhibition of fishy art. Its featured painting is the oil on canvas known as “Hyman Bloom, Seascape II,” which was painted in 1974. Expect the entire exhibit to keep with the marine theme that it’s named for: the struggle between big fish and little fish in systems, where the big fish eat the little ones.

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Twenty-One in Truro
Art Complex Museum
189 Alden St.
Duxbury, MA 02332
(781) 934-2886
Dates: Aug. 26 to Nov. 10
Price: free

The Art Complex Museum contains the art collection of the Weyerhaeuser family of Duxbury and pieces that have been added through the years. This is no flimsy country collection. It even boasts a Rembrandt. In the fall of 2012, it features the artwork of 21 women who spent a week in Truro creating art together. These paintings, from such a diverse group of artists, largely feature the landscape in Truro.

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