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! 

 

Bats! Mar 03
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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 Mar 03
  • 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 Mar 03
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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…

Dinorá Justice: The Lay of the Land Mar 03

Brazilian American artist Dinorá Justice (b. 1969) uses a distinct visual vocabulary to examine intertwined histories of gender, landscape, and visual culture. In her paintings, feminine figures, lush natural environments, and rich marbled patterns subtly reframe art historical…

Future Minded: New Works in the Collection Mar 03

Examine the museums’ recent acquisitions, spanning centuries and media. Future Minded highlights a selection of works acquired in recent years that exemplify the Harvard Art Museums’ collecting vision and strategies. Nearly all are on display for the first time. The museums are…

Gene Cultures Mar 03

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…

LaToya M. Hobbs: It’s Time Mar 03

Immerse yourself in a day in the life of a contemporary artist through a tour de force of monumental printmaking. LaToya M. Hobbs: It’s Time presents the series Carving Out Time , a life-size suite of woodcuts by Arkansas-born and Baltimore-based artist LaToya M. Hobbs. Unfolding…

McMullen Museum of Art - Boston College Mar 03
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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 Mar 03
  • 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 Mar 03
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MOBA is the world's only museum dedicated to the collection, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all forms. This year's theme is 99% Inspiration, 1% Persperation, a twist on Thomas Edison's famous definition of genius. Located in the basement of Somerville Theater…

Our Time on Earth Exhibit Mar 03

Humans are just one species among millions, coexisting in an expansive living network. Immerse yourself in installations envisioned by artists, designers, scientists, technologists and changemakers from across 12 countries. Their cross-cultural and interdisciplinary…

Picasso: War, Combat, and Revolution Mar 03

Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica was commissioned by the Spanish government for the 1937 Paris World’s Fair. It was exhibited in Josep Lluís Sert’s Spanish Pavilion, alongside Joan Miró’s The Reaper and other works. Completed in early summer 1937, the massive 11 × 25 foot…

Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West Mar 03

Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West at the Gardner Museum, co-curated with Zehra Jumabhoy, is an invitation to see the world as Raqib Shaw sees it: “An amalgamation, a hybrid, a cocktail.” As they arrive at the Museum, visitors will be greeted by newly commissioned work on the…

Tour the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame Mar 03

Get an exclusive look at the Wang Theatre & the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame exhibits by booking a tour! Reserve your tour today! Public tours are offered on select days and times (subject to change). Explore current exhibits in the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame…

USS Constitution Ship Mar 03

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 Mar 03
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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 Mar 03
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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…

Wolf Vostell: Dé-coll/age Is Your Life Mar 03

See how Wolf Vostell created art, as well as an expansive aesthetic philosophy, that challenged human complacency toward war, genocide, and other catastrophic world events. “Art shall remind us that we must remember.” —Wolf Vostell A witness to the brutality of World War II and…

Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company Mar 06
  • 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…

Coit Observatory Mar 06
  • 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…

Boston Fire Museum Mar 09
  • 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…

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. Mar 15
  • 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…

Boston Design Week Apr 23
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The 11th Boston Design Week will take place April 23-May 5, 2024, featuring dozens of in-person, virtual and outdoor events citywide, including the annual Design Week Awards, Thursday, May 2nd. This 12-day design festival offers renowned guest speakers, panel discussions…