Boston Children’s Museum

Cambridge Seven’s expansion and renovation of the Boston Children’s Museum transformed the visitor experience for this important location in Boston’s historic Fort Point District. The new addition augments the strong, simple mass of the existing warehouse structure while creating a new look for the Museum. The scheme also renews the visitor experience both inside and out, taking full advantage of its dramatic waterfront site with large hangar doors that open out to the Channel. Key features include a new circulation system, new entry, lobby and site approach and gallery exhibition spaces. The Boston Children’s Museum also achieved LEED Gold certification, making it the first museum in Boston to earn the designation.

BCM understood their expansion and renovation on Boston’s waterfront needed to address their commitment to green design and education. Protecting the adjacent Fort Point Channel by reducing storm discharge and recharging ground water became a central goal for C7A’s design, with storm and roof water collected and held in a cistern on site, providing a gray-water source for Museum’s low flow toilets and for all site irrigation. The building also features living green roof systems to improve insulation, reduce heat island, and hold rainwater, with lower roof decks where families can observe the sedum planting areas from within the museum. The LEED Gold Certified project was featured in the article “Green Buildings, Green Kids” in the Spring 2006 issue of Hand to Hand, the magazine of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM). As an educational tool for children, the museum also interprets and explains the extensive use of recycled materials, energy efficient mechanical systems, and natural daylighting.

Boston Children’s Museum turns 100

The Boston Globe

“. . . after some years of mulling over what a children’s museum might be, it finally came to me that the answer was in our name: In contrast to art and history and science museums, which were about something, …

CultureNOW Podcast: Boston Children’s Museum


Listen to a podcast by C7A Principal Peter Kuttner about the LEED Gold expansion of the Boston Children’s Museum. Description Boston Children’s Museum was the second children’s museum in the United States. The museum was originally founded in Jamaica Plain …

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Small Footprint, Small Clientele


Small Footprint, Small Clientele: Boston’s children’s museum broadens its green agenda with sustainable renovation and expansion The plaza in front of the recently expanded Boston Children’s Museum is one of the most frenetic outdoor spaces in the downtown area–barely controlled …

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Boston’s Green Revolution: How an old city learns new sustainable tricks


Saying “GREEN” in a Boston version of a word-association game used to yield the reply “monstah,” as in the locals’ affectionate name for Fenway Park’s imposing left-field wall. Increasingly, though, the response could be “building,” as the region’s sustainable footprint …

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A colorful geometric armature opens up warehouse to children & families.

Architectural Record

Boston Children’s Museum: A colorful geometric armature opens up a warehouse to children and families. Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. , the Boston Children’s Museum expansion and renovation transforms an existing 19th century brick warehouse into a colorful geometric …

Casagrande’s casa grande

Wicked Local

Boston — Lou Casagrande calls it “the big wow.” And when you ask him to take you on a tour of his newly renovated and expanded Children’s Museum, it’s the first place he stops because he wants to knock your …

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