Boston Marathon Week at the Museum of Science

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
05 APR 2012
Explore the science behind long-distance endurance

Saturday, April 07, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 15, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.

Experience the excitement of the Boston Marathon® throughout the week leading up to the main event. Starting with a Museum-wide kickoff event on Saturday, April 7, explore the science behind long-distance endurance with interpretations throughout the Museum, hands-on activities, and special guest presentations. Learn how the human body copes with the intense pressures of training for and running a marathon.

Stop by a special display showcasing the changing history of marathon clothing and equipment, and explore how technology and engineering have shaped the evolution of runners' apparel. Join us for our finale on Sunday, April 15 and on Marathon Monday (April 16), check out our live race feed and see if you can spot the Museum's marathon runners!


As a special offer for B.A.A. runners, enter e-coupon code BAA2012 during checkout from the online store to receive $5 off one Exhibit Halls ticket.

Tickets may be purchased through 4/17 and redeemed between 4/12-4/17. One discount per order. Valid for online orders only. Not valid for phone or box office orders. May not be combined with any other offers. Not valid for Omni, Planetarium, or other separately ticketed venues.

To learn more about Boston Marathon Week, the Museum of Science team  and their effort to raise funds for the Museum's Traveling Programs, visit

B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.