Boston is home to world-renowned museums and galleries that attract visitors from around the country and all over the globe. It can be a bit overwhelming to decide which museums and exhibitions to see when you’re in the city, but luckily, we’re here to help! We’ve taken the time to compile some of Boston’s most visit-worthy museums around the city.
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Institute of Contemporary Art
Nestled against the water in the newly revitalized Seaport neighborhood, you’ll discover the ICA. It’s a quirky art museum that was initially founded as a sister to New York City’s MoMA. If you’re bored by traditional art museums and their “stuffy” exhibits, the ICA will be like a breath of fresh air. Every exhibit is dynamic and inviting, and some exhibits are even interactive. It’s the kind of museum that keeps you wanting to come back and explore more!
Museum of Fine Arts
The MFA is truly a landmark in the city of Boston. It was founded in 1870 and has grown rapidly ever since—today the MFA houses nearly 500,000 priceless works of art. You’ll want to browse the extensive collections, which include everything from jewelry to musical instruments. There’s an impressive number of contemporary works of art, including pieces from Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent. If you’re more of European art enthusiast, stroll through the collection of Rembrandt, Velázquez, and Renoir.
There’s no doubt that the MFA has a collection or exhibition you’ll want to explore for hours. Get there early to beat the crowds and be sure to stop into the museum’s amazing gift shop before you leave!
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Neighboring the MFA is what appears to be a Venetian palace–which is exactly what it is. The ISGM was founded by its namesake and built over several years, starting in 1899. Isabella Stewart Gardner was an heiress and loved all things art, music, and architecture. She actually had a Venetian palazzo shipped to Boston in pieces and reconstructed in order to house her massive art collection. Her intention was to create a museum where she could share her love of art with the world.
Stepping into the ISGM is akin to stepping back in time. Prepare to have your breath taken away by the beauty of the museum itself, as well as the incredible art collection residing within. Set aside some extra time to enjoy a bite to eat at Café G, which has a rotating menu of seasonal dishes.
Harvard Art Museums
Just a hop, skip, and a jump over the bridge in Cambridge are the Harvard Art Museums, which include the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Collections range from prints to drawings and there is almost always an exciting special collection on display. Currently, visitors can see Alan Burroughs Collection of X-Radiographs, an incredible display of X-rays of famous works of art. The X-rays reveal artists’ working methods and process.
We recommend that you set aside at least several hours to explore the Harvard Art Museums! Jenny’s Cafe, located within the museum, will keep you fueled up for a day of browsing the exhibits.
This fall, head to Boston to check out one of these four amazing art museums! We definitely suggest that you take advantage of a rainy day and spend a few hours wandering through one of these great museums. We also recommend that you let us do the driving for you. C&J Bus Lines provides safe, reliable, and fast trips into Boston, which means you’ll have more time to enjoy your time at the museum. Buy tickets here to start planning your trip!