Best Boston Tourism Tips

Boston Museums Want to
Show You What You're Missing

Boston museums have a proposal for you.

Maybe you've taken in a game, or seen some early American history up close, or filled your belly, or wandered the halls of a world-famous center of learning . . . . Now how about checking out a few of the city's giant stashes of beauty and wonder?


John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo at the Gardner Museum Boston John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo at the Gardner Museum Boston

Spending time at a museum never fails to reward. The mere act of crossing the threshold means having dragged yourself out of your own head and the habitual thinking, and Housewives episodes, we all fall into – "When do I have pick —? What's the plan for dinner?" – and meditating on something beautiful or challenging.


van Gogh's Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin at the Boston Museum of Fine Art van Gogh's Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin at the Boston Museum of Fine Art

For those of us who don't work with artistic or historical or cultural objects every day, coming face to face with a Titian or a Rembrandt forces your brain to switch gears and use faculties we generally leave moth-balled. Visiting a museum always feels like B-12 shot for the neglected part of the mind that perks up on encountering beauty and sensual surprise.

And lucky for you, Boston's museums house some of the most prestigious, famous, and dazzling works in the world.

You'll find works by Raphael to Degas to Gauguin to Sargent; letters written by Henry Adams and T.S. Eliot; thousands-of-years old sulptures from corners as far flung as Egypt and Japan. Kids can participate in hands-on science experiments while adults can question cognitive scientists.


Nicholas Nixon's The Brown Sisters at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Nicholas Nixon's The Brown Sisters at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park

Masters, both Old and American? Contemporary fireworks? Pre-historic fossils? Sculpture Gardens? Wild electrical experiments? Illuminated manuscripts? You can find them all at museums in Boston.


Fairey's Print and Destroy at the Institute of Contemporary Art Shepard Fairey's Print and Destroy at the Institute of Contemporary Art

So now, the city museums that I can't let you miss. . . .


The Museum of Fine Art
The Boston Museum of Fine Art – actually the Boston Museum of Fine Arts – is one of the largest museums in the world, with a collection so deep and vast it has seriously high-profile pieces from every genre... Click here to read more about the MFA

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
You don't enter by wardrobe and there are no signs of lions or witches, so how would you know that the doorway of the Gardner is actually a portal to a dreamy other world? Tucked in the heart of Boston's Fenway sits an American heiress's 15th century Venetian palace, stuffed to the rafters with some of the world's most valuable paintings, sculptures, antiquities, and decorative arts... Click here to read more about the Gardner


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