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BOSTON MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS

View great works of art, toss tea into Boston Harbor and glide through historic streets in amphibious vehicles.

Boston is particularly fun for kids —  The New England Aquarium,  Museum of ScienceHarvard Museum of Natural History,  and the Boston Children's Museum are family favorites.  History buffs will enjoy The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum and Museum of African American History.  For art lovers, the Museum of Fine Arts  and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are iconic institutions with great masters on display.  

Current Exhibitions

A World Within Reach: Greek and Roman Art from the Loeb Collection

A World Within Reach invites visitors to explore the experiences and imaginations of people who lived in the Mediterranean basin some 2,000 to 2,500 years ago. Clay and bronze depictions of ordinary people (with a few gods and heroes as well), small-scale animal sculptures, and...

Alive with Birds

The Concord Museum is collaborating with Mass Audubon to present a special exhibition, Alive with Birds: William Brewster in Concord, open March 4, 2022. William Brewster (1851-1919) was Mass Audubon’s first President. He dedicated over thirty years of his life to the study of...

Climate Action: Inspiring Change

How can we transform the climate crisis into hope for our shared future? PEM’s timely exhibition brings together dynamic contemporary art, hands-on experiences and inspiring works by youth artists to help guide us toward making a difference for the planet. On view in the Dotty...

Disrupt the View: Arlene Shechet at the Harvard Art Museums

By presenting her recent work alongside historical German, Japanese, and Chinese examples, sculptor Arlene Shechet encourages us to look anew at works of porcelain and other objects from the Harvard Art Museums. Decorative arts are typically displayed in museum galleries...

Down to the Bone: Edward Koren and Stephen Gorman

Working independently, award-winning nature photographer Stephen Gorman and beloved New Yorker artist Edward Koren respond to the consequences of destabilizing our natural environment and speak to their alarm about the global climate crisis. The artists have come together to...

Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame at the Wang Theatre

Visit the historic Boch Center Wang Theatre and take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Boston’s most prominent landmarks - plus get an exclusive look at The Music Hall, part of the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame (FARHOF)! Led by legendary musicians and music executives...

How Do You See the World? + Mapparium™ experience

How Do You See the World? features compelling stories about global progress—how individuals worldwide have overcome challenges and found hope. Located on the Christian Science Plaza, the space encourages you to reflect on this question while exploring the interactive exhibits....

Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit at New England Aquarium

This exhibit showcases the vibrancy and richness of coral reef habitats and helps visitors understand a reef’s vital role in the lives of tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, and thousands of marine animal species. The Aquarium has been actively involved in studying and protecting...

Jazz Scene In Boston: Telling The Local Story

The Museum of African American History celebrates Boston's rich jazz history in this exhibit! Jazz, America’s own music, has always had a home in Boston. But the city gained its place of prominence on the national jazz map in the 1950s, and continues to hold that place today. The...

Museum of African American History - Winter Hours

Museum of African American History is committed to providing a safe environment and asks for your help in making this a great experience for everyone. To reduce touchpoints and enable timed visits, all ticketing will be done online. Members must also make reservations online....

New England Aquarium reintroduces 3D films

The New England Aquarium is reintroducing three popular films in 3D and in their full 45-minute length at its Simons Theatre, including Incredible Predators, Superpower Dogs, and Wings Over Water. Starting November 1, visitors can see extraordinary animals in action through this...

Of Many Minds Public Art Exhibit

Come to the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to experience and enjoy a new sculpture exhibit by award winning Massachusetts artist Michael Alfano whose work is in private and public collections throughout the world. This free exhibit brings museum quality art to the public realm...

Old South Meeting House & Old State House - Now Open

Built in 1729, the Old South Meeting House was a Congregational church and the largest gathering place for popular politics in Revolutionary Boston. Today it is a busy museum, treasured landmark, and active center for civic dialogue and free expression. Built in 1713, the Old...

Penguin Exhibit

Penguins spend most of their lives at sea, but every penguin needs to come ashore to breed, molt, and raise chicks. All penguins live south of the equator. Some penguins live in or near Antarctica, but most prefer more temperate climes. African penguins nest in burrows on or near...

RE/FRAMING THE VIEW: NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICAN LANDSCAPES

An exciting and timely invitation to view paintings held in private hands and usually hung behind closed doors – allowing exploration of the many meanings of the American landscape, both historically to nineteenth-century viewers and today for twenty-first century...

Rice-A Story of Africa and the Americas

Rice: A Story of Africa and the Americas examines the legacy of rice cultivation in the Americas. Set within the Resetting the Table exhibition, this new mini-exhibit explores the essential African knowledge systems required to establish what became a thriving industry, the...

Snowmazing at Boston Children's Museum

Winter Fun at Boston Children's Museum! Are you ready for a fun-packed winter filled with joy and wonder for your family? Jack Frost and Friends have been working hard to make the holidays and winter the most fun ever at the Museum. Say hello to Boston’s largest snowman, skate in...

Spirits: Tsherin Sherpa with Robert Beer

Explore the captivating paintings of one of the most renowned Himalayan artists of our time. Tsherin Sherpa’s works are grounded in the traditional Buddhist art of his training but stretch, bend, reconfigure, and repurpose its forms to explore contemporary concerns. The...

Spirits: Tsherin Sherpa with Robert Beer- Opening Day

Included with admission Join us in welcoming the artists and celebrating the inauguration of Spirits: Tsherin Sherpa with Robert Beer with art making, pop-up talks in the galleries and a film screening. Sheri Brenner’s short documentary Above and Below (2022) tells the story of...

Swimming with Sharks: A Deep Dive into Shark Biology and Behavior

Nearly half a billion years ago, the first ancestors of a most remarkable group of fishes sprung forth from the evolutionary tree of life, exploding into a spectacular array of cartilaginous predators. Today, sharks are ubiquitous in and essential to our oceans, their lives...

The Art of the Brick

Experience The Art of the Brick, World’s Most Popular Display of LEGO® Art! Discover over one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 70 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya. This critically acclaimed collection includes Sawaya’s original sculptures as well as re-imagined...

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Winter Hours

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is open! We have taken all precautions to ensure your safety, as well as our staff. As per the guidelines sanctioned by the State and the Town of Brookline, masks are a requirement or you will not be allowed entry into the Museum. Also, in keeping...

The Mural Project

Learn about local artists-in-residence cultivating hip-hop culture through street art. As artists-in-residence at the MFA, muralist Rob “Problak” Gibbs and illustrator Rob Stull are leading a multipart project inspired by the exhibition “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the...

The Salem Witch Trials Walk

Enjoy our new self-guided audio walking tour, which takes you inside the galleries and outside the museum to learn more about the infamous events of 1692. As you view authentic documents and objects and stop at key sites around Salem, PEM curators and experts share a...

Throw Tea into the Boston Harbor!

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 Public Tours

USS Constitution is open for public tours! We are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Located inside Boston National Historical Park as part of the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, Massachusetts and part of Boston's Freedom Trail,...

Zachari Logan: Remembrance

Remembrance invites visitors to reflect on the power of loss and the healing potential of conscious grief. Located in the Jurrien Timmer Gallery — a space dedicated to contemplation and meditation — the exhibition reveals the latent beauty in breakdown, as well as the hope that...

Read & Work at the Athenaeum

Purchase a Day Pass to this National Landmark library and cultural center with stunning reading rooms near the Boston Common. Day Pass Policies How to purchase Day Passes are $40 per person, and are valid for all open hours: 9am–8pm Monday, 9am–9pm Tuesday through...

Gallery Night Tuesdays

Join us for a night of art featuring weekly artists. Tuesdays at 6-8:30PM, admission is complimentary.

Art Exhibition: Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis

View a powerful art exhibition by the members of i3C (inspiring change for the climate crisis), a group curated by Adriana Prat and consisting of artists whose work all centers around environmental pollution and climate change. SCHEDULE Open Thursdays through Saturdays from 12 -...

Book Club for the Curious

Feeling inquisitive? Looking for good conversation? Love science and books? The Book Club for the Curious is just the thing for you. Created at the Museum of Science, Boston and presented in partnership with the CIC, this reading group is designed especially for those who are...

ICA Free Thursday Night

The ICA is free for all visitors every Thursday from 5 to 9 PM. Tickets for Free Thursday Nights will be available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 AM on that Thursday morning. Beginning May 29, in line with the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and...

I Heart Science

Break out of the winter doldrums and let your inner scientist loose. Meet amateur and professional scientists who study and collect mushrooms, shells, insects, and minerals. Talk with experts who build telescopes, create chocolate, and grow carnivorous plants. Try your hand at...

Make a Sailor's Valentine

Make a special sailor’s valentine for someone you love! On Saturday, February 11, we will provide the materials to create a one-of-a-kind valentine in the style of this popular 19th century souvenir. All you have to bring is the creativity! This drop-in activity is free to Museum...

Step Into Art with Inspiration from Kehinde Wiley

Step into a magical world inspired by Kehinde Wiley! Step Into Art is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing art education programs that actively engage children with great works of art from museums in and around Boston. Let your imagination soar as we build a...

BETYE SAAR: HEART OF A WANDERER

Celebrated contemporary artist and leading figure of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s, Betye Saar (b. 1926, USA) is a traveler, collector, and storyteller. Betye Saar: Heart of a Wanderer explores Saar’s trips to Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, highlighting her works...

How to Die in Space and Stump the Spaceman

Back by popular demand! Last year you survived meteorites, cosmic rays, and black holes as you explored the universe. Now you get to do it again in the Mugar Omni Theater! Join astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter on a fresh choose-your-own adventure tour of the universe, with new...

María Berrío: The Children’s Crusade

New York–based artist María Berrío (born 1982 in Bogotá, Colombia) crafts her large-scale paintings through a unique, meticulous process of collaging torn pieces of Japanese paper with watercolor to create riveting, magical scenes. Spurred by contemporary social and...

Opening Reception – SPONTANEOUS

FPAC invites you to the opening reception for SPONTANEOUS, an abstract art showcase! The event will start at 6:30pm and end around 8:00pm. Refreshments will also be served and alcohol for those who are of age. Though this is a free event, registration is encouraged. Featured...

February Vacation Week: LEGO®️ Maritime Festival

Let your imagination set sail this February School Vacation Week! Inspired by the different ship designs on display in Masters of Miniature, head to the USS Constitution Museum to build your own ship with LEGO® and DUPLO® Bricks. In the hands of a creative kid – or kid at...

New England Synth Fest

After a sold out run this summer, the Museum of Science teams up with New England Synth Fest for another incredible fusion of live synthesizer performances that take over the Charles Hayden Planetarium for one night only this Winter! Experience some of New England best synth...

A Beautiful Resistance: Live!

Don’t miss an all new live event and evening celebrating A Beautiful Resistance from Boston Globe culture columnist, Jeneé Osterheldt! In her own words, Boston Globe culture columnist Jeneé Osterheldt created A Beautiful Resistance “to carry on the tradition of Black artists and...

Consent at All Cost: At Your Cervix Screening and Discussion

Join us for the 3rd season launch of The Wellness Collaborative Inc. and Roxbury International Film Festival's Healing Arts series focusing on black women's health with a screening of At Your Cervix, (Directed by A’magine, USA 2022), followed by a panel discussion about the...

Teen Saturdays at the Museum!

Teen Saturdays! is designed for Latino teens interested in culture and community. High school students of Hispanic heritage are invited to monthly workshops to explore notions of culture and identity through bilingual discussions, hands-on activities, and exploring their...

Free First Thursday at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Join us on the first Thursday of every month for a restorative evening of discovery and community. Museum admission is free from 3 pm through 9 pm and interactive programs kick off at 5 pm. Artists, activists, and musicians share songs, stories, and activities inspired by the...

The Odyssey Of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet’s Journeys Through American Slavery And Independence

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00. Please visit here to register:...