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

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 …

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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 …

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


Michael Prager of GreenSource interviews the experts behind several Boston buildings that apply sustainable design principles. He spoke with C7A principal Peter Kuttner about the challenges facing one of the nation’s oldest cities as well as C7A’s recent LEED Gold …

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Boston Children’s Museum embraces waterfront site

Architectural Record

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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