Six Brockton area museums worth a visit this winter

Looking for things to do in the Brockton area this winter? Whether you’re a lover of history or a parent scrambling to plan for the upcoming February recess, the Brockton area has you covered with six different museums to get you out of the house this winter. Whether you’re learning about the history of Brockton’s fire department at the Brockton Fire Museum, traveling back in time to the 1600’s at Taunton’s Old Colony History Museum, or spending the day play-pretending at the kid-friendly Children’s Museum in Easton, there’s something here for every age and area of interest.

Here are six museums worth a visit in the Brockton area this winter.

Brockton Fire Museum (Brockton)

At just $2 for adults and free for children under age 12, The Brockton Fire Museum, a part of Brockton’s Historical Society at 216 North Pearl St., holds thousands of preserved firefighting artifacts from Brockton’s Fire Department, including a 134-year-old hand operated fire engine. The museum is open the first and third Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

Children’s Museum (Easton)

Great for younger kids, the Children’s Museum in Easton let’s children get creative in different themed rooms, including a space station, STEAM lab, maker space, dinosaur den, mini-town, sunken ship, a fireman pole, and a golf raceway. Located at 9 Sullivan Ave., the museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 per child and adult.

Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)

The Fuller Craft Museum will be open to the public throughout the month of February and will feature colorful exhibits like Pop!, brightly colored objects from the museum’s permanent collection, and Soft Score, a site-specific exhibition that explores dynamic intersections of art and athletics. Check out a list of all their current and upcoming exhibits on the museum’s website. Located at 455 Oak St. in Brockton, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking is available on site, but the museum is also accessible by public transportation. Admission is free for everyone.

Old Colony History Museum (Taunton)

Step back in time at the Old Colony History Museum in Taunton. Current exhibits on view include a collection of portraits, artifacts from the area’s earliest colonial settlers and from Taunton’s iron ore industrial era, historic fashion pieces, and a collection of everyday objects from the 1750’s, 1850’s, and 1950’s. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for kids 12 and under. Join a guided highlight tour every day at noon, free with admission. Located at 66 Church Green, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Robbins Museum of Archaeology (Middleboro)

The Robbins Museum of Archeology in Middleboro has more than 3,000 artifacts on display, some more than 12,000 years old. Check out a collection of Native American dolls from the 20th century, handcrafted dugout canoes, a diorama of a 4,300-year-old Native American New England village, and other artifacts from the time of the last glaciers to the modern era. Located at 17 Jackson St., the museum is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 16. Parking is free and available in a lot directly across from the museum.

Rocky Marciano Exhibit (Brockton)

At the Brockton Historical Society lies The Marciano Exhibit dedicated to the former 1952 heavyweight champion of the world, Rocky Marciano. Born in Brockton, Marciano’s record of 49 consecutive professional wins still stands. Check out the boxing gloves and shoes he wore while winning the championship fight, along with various magazines, newspapers, films, video clips and photos about Marciano and boxing. The Brockton Historical Society, located at 216 North Pearl St., is open the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and every fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m.


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