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Spring in Boston

While we know you cannot visit us right now, we want to ensure that beautiful Boston, Massachusetts, with its unique blend of colonial history and cutting-edge innovation, is available to you as a virtual experience.  Explore diverse neighborhoods, visit civic landmarks, browse iconic museum collections, and enjoy the performing arts - all virtually! This will give you a taste of our city, so that when travel returns you know what awaits you in our amazing destination.

 

Museums & Exhibitions

Each day the Museum of Fine Arts will be highlighting various pieces of art over social media with descriptions, podcasts and commentary.

The Peabody Essex Museum is sharing exhibits, educational podcasts, and e-newsletters through their website and social media channels.

Learn more about the life and legacy of president John F. Kennedy virtually through a variety of interactive experiences created by the John F. Kennedy Library.

Other museums making their collections available through their website or social channels include: the Commonwealth Museum, Harvard Art MuseumsInstitute of Contemporary ArtIsabella Steward Gardner MuseumMuseum of African American History and the USS Constitution Museum.

#MuseumfromHome

Celebrate the world of art at home with the Museum of Fine Arts #MuseumfromHome. While the MFA is...

#PEMfromHome

Looking for creative projects for the kids or to spend your afternoon diving into collections from...

Art Talk: Online Series by Harvard Art Museum

We are bringing our collections home to you in a new online series called Art Talks. In this...

Ask a Scientist: Online Presentation by Museum of Science

Museum of Science will livestream every day on Facebook & Zoom with different topics. All past...

Commonwealth Museum

Experience the Commonwealth Museum from the comfort of your own home! The Commonwealth Museum...

Explore the Gardner's Stolen Art

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum brings all of the greatest museums to you virtually. You can now...

Explore the Online Collections

Did you know you can explore the collections at @harvartmuseums online for free?

Family Activity: Basket Weaving

Evidence shows that basket making in North America using the twining technique dates back 9,000...

Fan Art Friday

Isabella Stewart Museum is introducing #FanArtFriday! while we are closed to the public, we're...

Historian at Home: Online game, A Sailor's Life For Me

The USS Constitution Museum presents a weekly video series with Public Historian Carl Herzog. Carl...

History at Home

Stay curious and engaged with Plimoth's virtual workshops! We’re taking Plimoth’s award-winning...

Institute of Contemporary Art From Home

While the ICA is temporarily closed for the safety of our community, we are dedicated to bringing...

JFK Library from Home: Analyzing a Jacob Lawrence Painting

For Middle and High School Audiences: Throughout history, the experiences of those who have...

JFK Library from Home: Revisit a Kennedy Vacation Spot in Puzzle

This week's jigsaw puzzle features a sunny scene on Cape Cod, and six of the Kennedy family's dogs!...

Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), launches Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression online with an...

Newport Mansions Mobile Audio Tours

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Gilded Age at your home! Five remarkable audio tours bring you a...

Online Art Collection & Art Talk presented by Rose Art Museum

We are thrilled to join the growing ranks of museums offering online access to their collections and...

Online Exhibit- Listening to Wampanoag Voices: Beyond 1620

Four hundred years have passed since the Wampanoag Nation encountered English immigrants who settled...

Salem Witch Museum's Online Tour

Witch Trials Online Sites Tour Our online tour of the Salem witchcraft trials sites allows you to...

The JFK Library: #JFKLfromhome

Learn more about the life and legacy of president John F. Kennedy virtually through a variety of...

The Museum of African American History: An Online Exploration

Immerse yourself in Afro-American history and heritage with the Museum of African American History's...

Turning Back The Clock: The Raphael Room Textiles

Appreciate a behind-the-scenes look at Isabella Stewart Gardner's original vision for the Raphael...

USS Constitution Goes Virtual: Daily Virtual Tours

The USS Constitution Museum brings the Museum to you even if it is currently closed to the public to...

Virtual Cultural Experiences in Freedom's Way

Enjoy virtual cultural experiences in Freedom's Way National Heritage Area! The story of Freedom’s...

Virtual Resources at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

We, at HMSC, would like to share with you our many virtual resources - visit the HMSC Connects!...

Virtual Studio Visit with Futura & Conversation with Lupe Fiasco

On Thursday, April 23, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), hosts a virtual studio visit with...

Webisodes from the Boston Tea Party Museum

Enjoy webisodes from the Boston Tea Party Museum! Learn more about that famous event that forever...

Week of the Young Child Celebration

The Week of the Young Child is an annual national week-long event to celebrate the early learning of...

 

Performing Arts

An audio recording from Boston Lyric Opera's final dress rehearsal of the rarely produced Vincenzo Bellini opera, NORMA -  can be streamed at BLO.org and ClassicalWCRB.org.  

Enjoy exciting performances, behind the scenes content, and videos featuring various musicians with the Boston Symphony Orchestra's social media channels.

Beginning on March 23 at 8pm and continuing each night for four weeks, WCRB will take you to Symphony Hall and a selection of remarkable BSO performances from the Andris Nelsons era. 

Laugh Boston has compiled a list of recommended podcasts to lighten and lift your spirits.

 

Blue Heron Presents Complete Performance of Gabriel Fauré

In collaboration with our friends and colleagues from A Far Cry, we present to you today a complete...

Blue Man Group at Home: Cirque Du Soleil 60-Minute Special

Blue Man Group at Home looks a little different. Visit cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect or check the...

Boston Ballet Online

Since we can't be in the theater sharing this with you live, check out Boston Ballets exclusive,...

Boston Symphony Orchestra: #BSOatHome

Enjoy exciting performances, behind the scenes content, and videos featuring various musicians with...

ChoreograpHER program by Boston Ballet at Home

Take a look back at our first BB@home: ChoreograpHER program, which featured six original works by...

Conversation with Mala’s playwright and director

In the four years since Mala's premiere at ArtsEmerson, it has been performed at two other theatres,...

From Boston Ballet with Love & Fan Favorites

We’re bringing you more fan favorites as we gear up for Triple Bill, an exuberant program showcasing...

Not Our First Goat Rodeo

Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Aoife O'Donovan released their Grammy...

SoWa From Home: Construction AREA

A R E A Gallery's response to COVID-19 is a new online platform just launched called Construction A...

Boston Ballet Brings Live Music To Your Living Room

End your week on a high note with the musicians of Boston Ballet! We're bringing live music to your...

Jack And The Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure

Join us for the virtual premiere of Jack and the Beanstalk ! By purchasing a household ticket, you...

OrigiNation Twist & Shout Gala

(Boston-Based,) OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center invites dancers and dance lovers across the country...

Black Voices Boston Showcase: Our Stories in Words and Movement

Black Voices Boston is a storytelling and movement project featuring seven short works co-created by...

 

Family Friendly Activities

Dive into the lives of fascinating aquatic creatures with the New England Aquarium's #VirtualVisits! Each day the Aquarium's educators will be posting live videos on their social media accounts allowing everyone to learn more about the aquarium and it's animals. 

Franklin Park and Stone Zoo present #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with our care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and more!

Follow The Boston Children's Museum social media accounts for fun at home activities, homeschooling info, their list of our list of #100WaysToPlay and so much more!

The Museum of Science will be hosting a variety of innovative STEM webinars for kids to help unleash their inner creativity and solve problems.

#ZooToYou

The Zoo may be closed to the public, but the care and commitment to our mission continues –...

Art Talk: Online Series by Harvard Art Museum

We are bringing our collections home to you in a new online series called Art Talks. In this...

Ask a Scientist: Online Presentation by Museum of Science

Museum of Science will livestream every day on Facebook & Zoom with different topics. All past...

At Home Activities & Virtual Journey of Boston National Park

Climb Bunker Hill Monument with a National Park Service Ranger on a virtual tour and journey up the...

At Home Resources for Parents & Teachers

Whether you’re a teacher looking for lesson plans and activities to continue educating your students...

At Home with The Boston Children's Museum

The Boston Children's Museum has your back in all things homeschooling and keeping the kids...

Educator Resources

Educator Resources (Boston Massacre curriculum guides) for families and Lesson Plan Kits to open...

GPS Self-Guided Audio Tours

Turn your phone into a personal tour guide! Action Tour Guide provides self-guided audio tours;...

Historian at Home: Online game, A Sailor's Life For Me

The USS Constitution Museum presents a weekly video series with Public Historian Carl Herzog. Carl...

History at Home

Stay curious and engaged with Plimoth's virtual workshops! We’re taking Plimoth’s award-winning...

Local Self-Guided Scenic Drive & Walk

Bored at home due to Coronavirus quarantine? Try a local self-guided scenic drive/walk. Try taking a...

MOS at Home

The Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world’s largest science centers, has launched a new...

Online Art Collection & Art Talk presented by Rose Art Museum

We are thrilled to join the growing ranks of museums offering online access to their collections and...

Tag Along on a Virtual Tour to Harvard Art Museum

Curious what a gallery tour with one of our student guides is like? In this video series, we give...

Virtual Resources at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

We, at HMSC, would like to share with you our many virtual resources - visit the HMSC Connects!...

Virtual Singalong Live Streaming

Every Monday through Friday at 10 am, musician Matt Heaton is live streaming virtual singalongs for...

Virtual Visit to the New England Aquarium

Dive into the lives of fascinating aquatic creatures with the New England Aquarium's #VirtualVisits!...

International Sailors for the Nation’s Ship

Join the USS Constitution Museum for International Sailors for the Nation’s Ship, a free virtual...

 

Concerts and Nightlife

Live Nation has launched their Live from Home series including live streams and content from popular artists, listed below.

Big Night Live offers Big Night TV - featuring live dj performances you can access via their Facebook page. 

Keep Your Distance Fest: A Virtual Music Festival & Live Stream Show

Hello Fellow Social Distancers! We're pleased to announce KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FEST: a virtual music...

Kidz Bop Daily Dance Break

Home with the little ones? KidsBop is livestreaming Monday-Friday on their YouTube Channel for a...

SoWa From Home: Construction AREA

A R E A Gallery's response to COVID-19 is a new online platform just launched called Construction A...

Livestream Concerts from the Beehive Restaurant

The Beehive stage is coming alive once again (with safety precautions & social distancing in...

Pop-Up Livestream Concert: A Baroque Holiday

Celebrate the holidays with Boston Baroque! Music Director Martin Pearlman leads a program of...

Boston Pops: 2020 Holiday Celebration

Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops Orchestra in holiday classics old and new to both inspire you...

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus: Home for the Holidays

We are delighted to be partnering with our friends at WCVB-TV Channel 5 (the ABC affiliate in...

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (Virtual)

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn Returns! While we can’t join you in person this year, we are putting...

Celebrity Series at Home: Verónica Robles "A Mexican Christmas: Songs and Stories"

Verónica Robles, mariachi singer and one of Boston's Latin-American cultural icons, performs...

The Christmas Revels 2020: A Virtual Celebration

Join us for this year's Christmas Revels featuring some of our favorite artists plus a special...

Neighborhoods Blog: Allston & Brighton

Youthful energy emanates in these western enclaves - fabulous music clubs, eclectic dining options,...

Neighborhoods Blog: Jamaica Plain, Roxbury & Dorchester

You think you know Boston, right? Go ahead and broaden your Boston horizon.

Neighborhoods Blog: Roslindale and West Roxbury

Learn about authentic experiences awaiting you outside the city center.

Boston Harbor Islands

Beyond Boston

To the north, the colonial towns of Salem and Ipswich, Massachusetts, come out of their winter's nap. To the south, Cape Cod gets its first beachgoers of the year over Memorial Day weekend. The winter quickly becomes but a memory.

 

 

Foodies

Our local restaurants are a pivotal part of our community. They are working tirelessly to meet CDC standards AND to provide delicious meals for everyone. Use #DineinBoston on social media to show your support by sharing your take out or delivery experience, or share your own home creation!​

Brews & Beer Gardens

Breweries and Beer Gardens are open for outdoor seating so you can safely enjoy your favorite brews....

Foodie Deals

Whether it's steaks to go or discounts on curbside pick up, we've got you covered!

Public Garden couple in Spring

Spring Weather

 
 Monthly Avg  High Avg Low Avg   Precipitation
 March  46°  32°  9"
 April  56°  41°  6"
 May  67°  50°  3.2"

What to Wear: 
Bostonians dress smartly and simply. The weather can be unpredictable. Wear layers that can be removed or added. An umbrella is a good idea for May showers.

Day: If you're touring, wear comfy shoes for walking. Depending how early in the season you visit, you may want a heavier jacket.

Evening: Consider your agenda; the theater tends to be dressier and some upscale restaurants require jackets. It can get chilly in the evening.

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