Boston Children’s Museum

Master planning, LEED Gold expansion and renovation of children's museum housed in historic building

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.

Protecting the adjacent Fort Point Channel by reducing storm discharge and recharging groundwater was a central goal for C7A’s design. 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 Children’s Museum celebrated its 100th anniversary. Cambridge Seven Associates has been working with the Boston Children’s Museum since the 1970s, when they were located in Jamaica Plain. C7A later renovated a 19th-century wool warehouse on Fort Point Channel …

CultureNOW Podcast: Boston Children’s Museum

In this CultureNOW podcast, C7A Principal Peter Kuttner discusses the LEED Gold architectural expansion and renovation of the Boston Children’s Museum. The Boston Children’s Museum, the second children’s museum in the United States, was originally founded in Jamaica Plain and …

Boston Children’s Museum: Small Footprint, Small Clientele


In this GreenSource profile of the Boston Children’s Museum expansion and renovation project designed by architects Cambridge Seven Associates, Ted Smalley Bowen explores the project’s sustainable design features. C7A designed a new three-story, 23,000-square-foot addition to the Boston Children’s Museum …

Boston Children’s Museum embraces waterfront site

This Architectural Record profile explores how the Boston Children’s Museum’s “colorful geometric armature opens up a warehouse to children and families.” Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc., the Boston Children’s Museum award-winning expansion and renovation transforms an existing 19th century …

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