Art, science, culture, religion, medicine, literature, and history, Boston has museums for any and every interest one may have. If you are looking for a way to unwind while simultaneously immersing yourself in a city rich with history and education, enjoy this detailed list of Michael Carucci’s top 20 favorite museums in and around Boston.
Museum of Fine Arts: The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, is the fourth largest museum in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas.
Museum of Science: Features a revolving schedule of temporary exhibits, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows, plus more than 700 interactive permanent exhibits.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Boston museum of international art founded by collector and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner.
Boston Children’s Museum: Boston Children’s Museum is a children’s museum in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to the education of children
Institute of Contemporary Art: The Institute of Contemporary Art is an art museum and exhibition space founded in 1936 with a mission to exhibit contemporary art.
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and museum of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States
The African Meeting House: The African Meeting House houses the Museum of African American History, which is a museum “dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century,” according to the Museum’s website. The African Meeting House is open to the public. This site is part of Boston African American National Historic Site.
MIT Museum: Art, artifacts, drawings, photographs, and instruments documenting MIT’s role in 19th- and 20th- century science and technology. Near Kendall Square.
The Sports Museum of Boston: Located in the TD Garden in Boston. The museum’s exhibits focus on the history of various sports in the Boston area. Photo gallery, and news.
Old State House: The Old State House has stood as an emblem of liberty in Boston for over 300 years! … Today, the Old State House engages visitors with a historic experience of Revolutionary Boston through guided tours, interactive activities, and exhibits.
USS Constitution: USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. The ship is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.
The West End Museum: The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston.
Warren Anatomical Museum:The Warren Anatomical Museum, housed within Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library of Medicine, was founded in 1847 by Harvard professor John Collins Warren, whose personal collection comprised 160 unusual and instructive anatomical and pathological specimens which now form the nucleus of the museum’s 15,000-item collection.
Peabody Museum: Founded in 1866 by George Peabody, it is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology.
Francis Russell Hart Nautical Museum:The Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections. One of the largest collections of ship plans and drawings in the Northeast.
Gibson House Museum: The Gibson House Museum is an historic house museum located at 137 Beacon Street in the Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts. It preserves the 1860 Victorian rowhouse occupied by three generations of the Gibson family.
Paul Revere House: The Paul Revere House was the colonial home of American patriot Paul Revere during the time of the American Revolution.
Mary Baker Eddy Library: The Mary Baker Eddy Library is a research library, museum, and repository for the papers of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.
Edward M. Kennedy Institute: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.
Harvard Art Museums: The Harvard Art Museums bring to light the intrinsic power of art and promote critical looking and thinking for students, faculty, and the public.