The front exterior of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts holds one of the most comprehensive art collections in the world.

12 Things to Do During Your Visit to Historic Boston

For Art Lovers

1. Museum of Fine Arts

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts holds one of the most comprehensive art collections in the world. Spanning six continents from ancient to modern times, it showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, jewelry, textiles and even musical instruments.

You can view artworks in their permanent collection by familiar names such as Monet, Degas and Rembrandt, or discover something new in their rotating exhibits. The museum also has monthly film screenings, art classes, public lectures and free activities to encourage artist appreciation and expression among the local community.

Inside one of the rooms in Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses an impressive private art collection by many Renaissance masters, but also includes art, textiles and furniture from across the globe.

2. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Practically across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts is another spectacular art collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The museum itself is a work of art, built in the early 20th century to resemble a Venetian Palace.

It houses an impressive private art collection by many Renaissance masters, but also includes art, textiles and furniture from across the globe. Aside from the three floors of galleries, it also has an interior courtyard and exterior gardens where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll or listen to live music during special events.

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A row of front steps on a cobblestone street in Boston's South End.South End is a beautifully preserved Victorian neighborhood that’s home to quite a few famous art and cultural institutions.

3. South End

Bordered by Berklee College of Music and Northeastern University, South End is a beautifully preserved Victorian neighborhood that’s home to quite a few famous art and cultural institutions. Enjoy a concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, which has been called one of the top concert halls in the world for its excellent acoustics.

The Boston Center for the Arts is an entire complex with onsite theaters, gallery, music center and restaurants along with the home of the Boston Ballet. If you have children, be sure to also bring them to Boston City Lights for free performing arts classes in dance, voice and acting — along with visual arts like graphic design, video and photography.

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