Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA
There is something for everyone at the MFA, one of the world’s great museums. The sheer variety of art, think Egyptian mummies, Rembrandt, Monet, van Gogh, and Andy Warhol make this a must visit. Enter the new Art of the Americas Wing to view The Passage of the Delaware, an evocative painting of General George Washington. The scene painted fills one with emotions of awe and pride in our country’s founding.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston MA
Known as the house that “Mrs. Jack” built, Isabella Stewart Gardner created this beautiful building, which is modeled after an Italian palazzo and contains the airy, four story, interior Courtyard filled with dozens of flower arrangements, tropical plants and sculpture. Visit, especially during winter, to savor the Courtyard’s flowers, warmth, sunlight and the art of Titian, Raphael, and John Singer Sargent.
Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston MA
The ICA is Boston’s premier museum for cutting edge contemporary visual and performance art, music, film, and video, all wrapped up in a unique and modern building on the HarborWalk. The galleries are cantilevered over the water facing Boston Harbor, presenting a magnificent view of the city. The vibrant Seaport district is close by for drinks and dinner.
Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem MA
The East India Maritime Society is the origin of today’s PEM. Visit the Marine hall to see the figureheads of ships that sailed from Salem to ports around the globe. Gain new perspective on Chinese culture, art and architecture by touring the 200 years old, Yin Yu Tang house. A rich collection of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian art and Asian Export art give the PEM a Far East collection like no other.
de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln MA
Do you enjoy beautiful landscapes and vistas, larger than life art, dramatically presented large-scale sculpture, the peace and majesty of a country setting? If so, visit the former de Cordova estate, which provides the setting for the Sculpture Park of Modern and Contemporary sculpture, displaying over 60 works, from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year, covering the magnificently landscaped 30 acre estate.