Boston. Also known as The City or The Cradle of Liberty.
Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest, largest, and most populous cities in the United States. The city’s rich history, diverse and vibrant culture, varied and delicious food, extraordinary museums, and beautiful parks and gardens attract millions of tourists every year.
If you plan to visit the city or are already there and thinking about exploring it, here are some of the best museums to visit in Boston.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Established in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts is special in many ways. Besides ranking among the largest and most-visited museums in the US, it also has one of the most comprehensive collections in the country.
Its wide range of collections includes ancient Egyptian artifacts (sculptures, jewelry, etc.), Dutch Golden Age paintings, French impressionist and post-impressionist works, Japanese art (world’s largest collection outside Japan), and Chinese paintings. In total, the museum houses over 450,000 works of art.
Some of the notable paintings featured at the museum are — In the Loge by Mary Cassatt, The Artist in his Studio by Rembrandt, Racehorses at Longchamp by Edgar Degas, and La Japonaise by Claude Monet.
The museum’s collection of Japanese art is the largest in the world outside of Japan.
An awe-inspiring statue by Cyrus Dallin — Appeal to the Great Spirit — stands outside the museum’s main entrance facing Huntington Avenue, welcoming the visitors.
It’s a gorgeous museum to visit and offers free admission to certain groups and on Wednesday evenings. So you might want to check on that.
And make sure you stop by the gift shops if you want to get a souvenir. There’s a nice cafe too, in case you get hungry.
Museum of Science
Another ancient and fantastic museum in Boston, especially if you are traveling with kids.
The Museum of Science was established nearly 200 years ago, in 1830. Today, it’s a top-rated museum, thanks, in part, to its more than 700 interactive exhibits.
A few of the most visited exhibits are Hall of Human Life, The Science Behind Pixar, and The Light House. The museum offers plenty of hands-on activities for both kids and adults.
Then there are live presentations running throughout the museum. There’s the Charles Hayden Planetarium, a 4D Theatre, and the Mugar Omni Theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England.
But that’s not all. Museum of Science is also a zoo and houses about 120 animals (representing fifty species), many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is dedicated to recounting the story of the pivotal eighteenth century even in the United States history.
Located on the same body of water where the Boston Tea Party occurred almost 250 years ago, the museum has historical interpreters, interactive exhibits, full-scale replica 18th-century sailing vessels, and historical artifacts to help visitors travel back in time and experience the events as they unfolded.
Among the highlights is the re-enactment of the events by the museum’s actors, the Robinson Tea Chest, the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party, and the multi-sensory documentary Let it Begin Here.
The museum is unique and very different from what we expect. You wouldn’t want to miss it if you are in Boston.
So these were a few of the best museums you must visit if you’re in Boston. I must add that due to the pandemic, some sections might not be open, or there could be certain restrictions. So make sure you do the necessary research before visiting.
Also, please follow the guideline. Have fun but stay safe.