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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.  

Museum & Attractions  Listings

Current Exhibitions

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...

Candlelight & Spiritualism Tours at Hammond Castle Museum

Following the advice of mentor Alexander Graham Bell, John Hays Hammond Jr. conducted the majority of his work in the evening. While this put Hammond at odds with the rest of the inhabitants of the castle – including his wife Irene – he concluded that working...

Clay—Modeling African Design

This exhibition highlights artistic innovation and creativity in Africa as seen primarily through the traditions of ceramic arts from across the continent and over its long history. Countering the assumption that African arts and societies are largely unchanging and bound to...

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...

Concord Museum - Now Open

Welcome to the Concord Museum! The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our highest priority. Your timed ticket ensures that occupancy levels remain low for your comfort and safety. Concord Museum is closed and will reopen this spring! Be sure to check our calendar for...

Core Social Justice Cannabis Museum - Now Open

Core Social Justice Cannabis Museum aims to provide a platform for multiple perspectives relating to the defective system of cannabis law in the United States. Decades of unsupported policies and the enforcement of the laws born of those policies have and continue to facilitate...

Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment

What role did drawings and prints play during the Enlightenment era, from roughly 1720 to 1800? Dare to Know explores many nuances of this complex time—when political and cultural revolutions swept across Europe and the Americas, spurring profound shifts in science, philosophy,...

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...

Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward

Come face to face with portraits of Egyptians who lived during the Roman period and discover what role these images played in funerary rituals as well as what modern technical study can reveal about ancient artistic practices. Featuring several painted portrait panels, sculptural...

Hammond Castle Museum Guided Tours

Hammond Castle Museum was constructed between 1926 and 1929 by inventor John Hays Hammond Jr in the style of a medieval castle. It served as his private residence, laboratory, housed his collection of ancient artifact and massive pipe organ. Visitors may explore its nearly 20...

Harvard Art Museums at Night (Free entry)

Join us for an evening of art, fun, food, and more! This event is free and open to everyone. Bring your friends to mingle in the Calderwood Courtyard, chat over a snack or drink at Jenny’s Cafe, browse the shop, and of course, wander the galleries to take in our world-class...

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....

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...

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers is a multisensory experience that marries art and science through a modern interpretation of Henry David Thoreau’s preserved plants. Thoreau was prolific in his practice of collecting botanical samples and plants are important indicators of how our...

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...

Institute of Contemporary Art: Eva LeWitt

The vibrant sculptures of New York–based artist Eva LeWitt (b. 1985, Spoleto, Italy) transform industrially manufactured materials such as coated mesh, polyurethane foam, and latex into hand-fashioned environmental arrangements of hanging geometric forms and gradations of...

Konstaintin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees

Konstantin Dimopoulos’ The Blue Trees installation is an environmental call to action. Using a biologically-safe watercolor and a team of community volunteers, the artist temporarily transforms a selection of trees on PEM's campus to focus our attention on the growing issue of...

Let None Be Excluded: The Origins of Equal School Rights in Salem

In the nineteenth-century, Salem residents celebrated the city’s early public school system for welcoming and educating all children. Despite the system’s success, the Salem school committee decided in 1834 to establish separate schools for Black children. This sudden decision...

National Geographic’s Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience

Beyond King Tut brings history to life for the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest discoveries of all time and takes visitors back in time over 3,300 years to the age of the Golden Pharaohs. All in stunning high-resolution detail that makes ancient...

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...

On This Ground: Being and Belonging in America

On This Ground: Being and Belonging in America explores how art can help us understand what it means to belong to family, community, and this place we now call America. Bringing two extraordinary collections of Native American and American art together for the first time in our...

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love celebrates the career and legacy of fashion designer Patrick Kelly (born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1954–1990). Based in Paris from 1979, Kelly was primarily self-taught and fearlessly drew inspiration from his experiences growing up in the...

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...

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...

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...

Simons Theatre at New England Aquarium

The Simons Theatre is open seven days a week. Hours are the same as Aquarium hours, with the last show starting 40 minutes before closing. Enjoy a giant screen experience in our newly renovated Simons Theatre. Moviegoers will enjoy comfortable, high-backed seats while watching...

The Great Animal Orchestra

The Great Animal Orchestra, a collaboration between Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists, now on view through July 10, 2022 The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) and the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain are proud to announce a seven-week extension of the North American...

The Japanese House at Boston Children's Museum

Welcome to the Japanese House! Walk down the street, take off your shoes, and step into an authentic two-story silk merchant's home from Kyoto, Japan. Families can explore every corner of this fully-equipped Japanese house reconstructed in Boston by Japanese carpenters. Japanese...

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum - Summer Hours

The JFK Library and Museum is open open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Research Room is open Tuesday - Thursday by appointment only. View our Visiting Safely FAQ.

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 Obama Portraits Tour

The acclaimed portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama come to the MFA on the final stop of their national tour. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama have become iconic...

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...

UNIVERSES OLIVER JEFFERS

Best known for his distinctive and delightful picture books for young children, Oliver Jeffers is a Belfast born artist who likes to tell stories, ask questions, draw pictures, and make life enjoyable for those who follow his work. For almost two decades Jeffers has worked in...

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,...

Why We Should All Care About the Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Depths of the Sea with Dr. Sylvia Earle

World-renowned oceanographer, explorer, and author Dr. Sylvia Earle kicks off the New England Aquarium’s fall 2022 free lecture series with her discussion, “Why We Should All Care About the Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Depths of the Sea.” The event will be held in person in the...

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...

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Celebration Day

Celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month with the Museum of Science and MOS en Español as we explore science and cultural connections in our daily schedule and exhibits.

Musik on the Harpsichord & Hammered Dulcimer

1:00 – 3:00 Talented musician R. P. Hale plays 18 th century tunes on instruments he has painstakingly reproduced from period originals. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Paul Revere’s time in this time-traveling opportunity!

Gallery Night Tuesdays

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

Disrupt the View: A Conversation with Arlene Shechet

In her installation Disrupt the View: Arlene Shechet at the Harvard Art Museums , contemporary sculptor Arlene Shechet presents her recent work alongside historical German, Japanese, and Chinese porcelain objects from the Harvard Art Museums. Join curator Lynette Roth as she...

Immersive Vatican

From the producers of the blockbuster Immersive Van Gogh, seen by over 5 million guests across North America, comes an immersive exploration of one of the most spiritually, historically and artistically significant destinations in the world, Vatican City. Lighthouse Immersive and...

SoWa First Friday

On the First Friday of every month, the artists, galleries, shops and showroomsof the SoWa Art + Design District open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture and inspiration. Meet the artists in their element, view the latest gallery exhibitions, shop small, and...

National Fossil Day: More Than Dinosaurs! (In-Person Special Event)

Paleontology is about more than dinosaurs! Harvard paleontologists study amazing non-dinosaur fossils including early mammals, ancient invertebrates, whales, crabs, and more! Meet members of the Stephanie E. Pierce Lab for Vertebrate Paleontology and the Ortega-Hernández Lab for...

Brotherhood of the Arrow & Sword: : A Medieval Reenactment Group

The Brotherhood of the Arrow and Sword is an educational-based medieval reenactment group dedicated to the presentation and practice of historical European martial arts and other facets of medieval life. Their armored fight demos are high energy and entertaining. The Brotherhood...

Materials Lab Workshop: Modeling Material Culture in Paper

This workshop is inspired by the exhibition Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment , which explores how the graphic arts inspired, shaped, and gave immediacy to new ideas in the so-called age of reason. It invites visitors to embrace the Enlightenment’s...

Materials Lab Workshop: Modeling Material Culture in Paper

We will first gather in the galleries with Elizabeth Rudy, the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, and visiting artist Angela Lorenz. Rudy will explain the main themes of the exhibition and focus on a few works that present mysteries that remain unsolved. Lorenz will show...

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...