Boston is home to some of the most famous museums in the country, like the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Harvard Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

As the new season arrives, make sure to visit these captivating museum displays in Boston while they last! Whether it's a date night, family day or a gathering with friends, these museums provide access to exhibits of all disciplines for everyone to enjoy. From art to science to history and more, Boston features an exhibit that is sure to pique your interest! 

 

Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company Jul 25
  • 1 Faneuil Hall Sq Ste 4
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Located on the top floor of the historic Faneuil Hall, the Military Museum and Armory displays uniforms, medals, and weaponry from The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, among other, more modern military artifacts. Learn about the soldiers of the Ancient…

Arthropods: Creatures That Rule Jul 25

Arthropods: Creatures That Rule is a popular gallery in the Harvard Museum of Natural History that draws on Harvard research to explore arthropods’ extraordinary evolutionary success. It features a wide array of preserved creatures and live specimens, such as the rose tarantula…

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. Jul 25
  • The Castle at Park Plaza
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Experience an up-close view of the profound impact of the Holocaust on all of humanity. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. brings together more than 700 original objects of great historic and human value. No book, podcast, or history lesson can prepare you for the impact and…

Bats! Jul 25
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Recurring daily

Meet bats — live and up close — in this multisensory exhibition exploring the wondrous world of bats and our connections with them. The only mammals that can truly fly, these animals have developed a host of superpowers that have benefited both humans and habitats around the…

Boston University Art Galleries Jul 25
  • 855 Commonwealth Ave
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The BU Art Galleries host a variety of ongoing exhibitions in three locations on the University campus focused on national and regional artistic endeavors. Tours Availability: Tuesday – Sunday (closed on holidays recognized by the school) Gallery Hours: 11 pm - 5 pm

Bunker Hill Museum Jul 25
  • 43 Monument Ave
  • Recurring daily

The Bunker Hill Museum’s exhibits and dioramas tell the stories of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the construction of the Monument, and the history of the Charlestown Neighborhood. The museum is housed in the old Charlestown branch of the Boston Public Library. Guests can request…

Dalí: Disruption and Devotion Jul 25

The outlandish and iconoclastic artist Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) is famous for his bizarre imagery and distinctive Surrealist vision. He was, however, also deeply rooted in tradition. Dalí studied, emulated, and indeed revered his European predecessors from centuries past…

Dress Up Jul 25

Fashion allows us to take on different roles, choosing clothes, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and other accessories to transform the way we are seen and the way we see ourselves. One’s choice of dress can make a political statement, express a mood or communicate personal identities…

Firelei Báez Jul 25

This is the first North American survey dedicated to the richly layered work of Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Dominican Republic). One of the most exciting painters of her generation, Báez delves into the historical narratives of the Atlantic basin. Over the past fifteen years, she has…

Gene Cultures Jul 25

Who decides how and when transformative new biotechnologies will be used? What questions do we need to ask before making decisions leading to irrevocable results? Join the conversation as you explore dramatic breakthroughs in genetic technologies and engage with artworks—witty…

Glass Flowers Gallery Jul 25

One of Harvard University’s most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, better known as the “Glass Flowers." This unique collection was made by Leopold (1822-1895) and Rudolf Blaschka (1857-1939), a father and son…

Hallyu! The Korean Wave Jul 25

Join us on an immersive and multisensory journey through a fascinating history, and celebrate a vibrant creative force that bridges cultural, societal, and linguistic divides and continues to reach new heights today. “Hallyu! The Korean Wave” features approximately 250…

Hammond & The History of Television Jul 25

Embark on a journey through television’s rich history in our new temporary exhibit, “Hammond and the History of Television.” This exhibit delves into the pioneering contributions of John Hays Hammond Jr. and other key figures, shedding light on the evolution of television…

Impassioned Destruction: Politics, Vandalism, and the Boston Tea Party Jul 25
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Recurring daily

On December 16, 1773, radical Bostonians threw 340 crates of tea into Boston Harbor to protest what they saw as unfair taxation by the British Parliament. Known today as the “Boston Tea Party,” the event known to contemporaries as “the destruction of the tea” was highly divisive…

McMullen Museum of Art - Boston College Jul 25
  • McMullen Museum of Art
  • Recurring daily

If you’re in the mood for a different kind of art, this museum houses collections loaned from institutions and art collectors all over the globe. Due to their reliance on loans, their exhibitions change quite frequently. In the span of a year, you could see pieces from China…

MIT List Visual Arts Center Jul 25
  • MIT List Visual Arts Center
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The MIT List Visual Arts Center offers visitors a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions in the galleries, as well as renowned permanent and public art collections located across the Institute making it an excellent location to discover unique artistic visions. Availability…

Museum of Bad Art Jul 25
  • Dorchester Brewing Co.
  • Recurring daily

MOBA is the world's only museum dedicated to the collection, exhibition, and celebration of art that would not be welcomed to any traditional art museum. Our collection includes sincere art in which something has gone wrong in a way that results in a compelling, interesting…

Perspective Play Jul 25

Boston Children’s Museum recently opened Perspective Play, a collection of photographs taken while looking down from above athletic fields and courts by using a drone. Drone pilot, photographer, and designer Drew Katz composes his photos to feature the simple geometric shapes…

Portraits From Boston, With Love Exhibition Jul 25

Portraits From Boston, With Love, on view in the Gardner’s Fenway Gallery, will feature photo portraits by three photographers who call the Boston-area home. Their gender expansive experiences provide us with a unique lens through which to see them, their chosen family, and their…

The ICA Watershed Jul 25

In summer 2018, the ICA opened the ICA Watershed in East Boston. Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, the ICA Watershed transformed a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a vast and welcoming space to see and experience large-scale art. The 2024 season…

Throw Tea into the Boston Harbor! Jul 25

Experience life at sea aboard an 18th-century sailing vessel as you join a Son of Liberty and take part in the “Destruction of the Tea”! Throw tea into the very same body of water where the Boston Tea Party took place over 240 years ago. Take part in a multi-sensory experience…

USS Constitution Ship Jul 25

Old Ironsides is one of the most famous ships in the history of the United States. Learn about the legacy of the USS Constitution ship, the world's oldest commissioned warship, at the USS Constitution Museum. The museum of this historic vessel is open to the public for free…

Waterworks Museum Jul 25
  • Waterworks Museum
  • Recurring daily

The Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of the country's first metropolitan water system through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, and public health. Located along the Chestnut Hill reservoir, the Waterworks Museum…

WNDR Museum Jul 25
  • Downtown Crossing
  • Recurring daily

WNDR Museum is an interactive experience: a multi-sensory showcase of art and technology. The message is simple: We are all artists. And as artists, visitors are more than passive onlookers. Whatever they do in the museum, IS art. Tickets are now on sale for visits beginning…

K-Pop Night at the MFA Jul 26

On Friday, July 26, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), hosts K-Pop Night to celebrate the final weekend of Hallyu! The Korean Wave. Included with general admission, K-Pop Night invites visitors to enjoy art making, dance performances, exhibition tours and much more…

Boston Fire Museum Jul 27
  • 344 Congress St
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday

The Boston Fire Museum houses some of the oldest devices used to fight fires in Boston. In addition to buckets, trumpets, and fire grenades, you will also see some of the earliest examples of fire engines – some dating back to 1793. Tour Availability: Saturday Saturday…

Courage to Care Jul 27

Join us for an immersive hands-on art-making experience and create physical artifacts that hold memories, manifestations, and movements of and toward collective care. Boston artist Sabrina Dorsainvil transforms the ICA Bank of America Art Lab into a space for visitors to make art…

Coit Observatory Jul 31
  • 685 Commonwealth Ave
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday

This astronomical observatory owned and operated by Boston University. It's located on the roof of the College of Arts & Sciences and offers free public hours on Wednesday nights. • Although it won’t cost you a dime, you do need to obtain tickets ahead of time because there…

Gun Violence Memorial Project Aug 24

The Gun Violence Memorial Project (2019–present) creates space to gather, remember, and act in light of the ongoing gun violence crisis. An ongoing collaboration between Boston-based MASS Design Group and Songha & Company, where artist Hank Willis Thomas is Creative…

Tau Lewis Aug 29

Tau Lewis (b. 1993, Toronto) transforms found materials into intricately detailed soft sculptures, quilts, masks, and other assemblages through intensive processes such as hand-sewing, carving, and plaster casting. A self-taught artist, Lewis’s practice is directed at healing…

Fleurs de Villes - ARTISTE Sep 18

Experience flowers like never before at Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE - A fresh floral celebration by remarkable artists and culturally curated with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Featuring Boston’s talented florists, creating incredible fresh floral mannequins inspired by…

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Oct 17

Your Ticket Aboard Titanic Awaits. Experience the wonder and tragedy of the world’s most famous ocean-liner, RMS Titanic. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition anchors in Boston this fall for a limited time at The Castle at Park Plaza. Viewed by more than 35 million people worldwide…