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Art Lover’s Guide to Boston

Art Lover’s Guide to Boston

Long regarded as a hub of learning and culture, the city of Boston boasts a wide array of art museums, from grand public institutions to cutting-edge modern galleries showcasing contemporary art. Here are some of the best spots for viewing everything from medieval masterpieces to conceptual art installations.

 

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)—Ancient and modern art from across the world

All art lovers will be drawn to Boston’s MFA, which is one of the United States’ biggest museums and home to an outstanding international collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Highlights include the world’s largest collection of works by John Singer Sargent and artifacts such as the American revolutionary Paul Revere’s hand-crafted Liberty Bowl. 

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—a personal collection in an Italianate setting

Housed in a Venetian palazzo-style mansion, this beautiful museum displays the private collection of the 19th-century arts patron Isabella Stewart Gardner. The ornate building and its inner courtyard will delight architecture aficionados, while the 2,500 pieces of European, Asian, and Islamic art will delight classical and modern art lovers. Located near the MFA, the museum is within walking distance of stops on some Boston hop-on hop-off tours. 


Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)—innovative art in many forms

Situated in the city’s Seaport District, on the edges of Boston Harbor, the ultra-modern ICA has a stark, industrial-looking exterior that mirrors the pieces housed inside. Contemporary art fans will appreciate works by new and acclaimed 21st-century artists, including paintings and digital, audio, and visual installations. For a unique view of the building’s exterior, keep an eye out on a harbor cruise. 

 

Harvard Art Museums—wide-ranging art in three museums

Overlooking Cambridge’s Harvard Yard, the Harvard Art Museums complex is made up of three separate institutions: the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums. Those interested in Western and European art from medieval times onward will love the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger, while Asian and Islamic art fans will be in their element at the Arthur M. Sackler museum.

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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 18 Stops

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 18 Stops

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour

Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour

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For anyone thinking of attending Harvard, or for those who simply want a glimpse of college life at the famous university, this tour is a must. Get an exclusive account from current Harvard students, who provide key insights into the life and times at Cambridge with a theatrical, humorous flair. Check out the old buildings at Harvard Yard and Harvard Square and learn about the school’s storied past. Illustrated map of Harvard Square included. Choose from several departure times throughout the day.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.50
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Sightseeing Day Sail around Boston Harbor

Sightseeing Day Sail around Boston Harbor

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See Boston Harbor’s sights from the water on this day sail aboard a replica of a pilot schooner. Step aboard the boat and sail off through the harbor, bound for Spectacle Island, Fort Independence, Castle Island, and Long Island. Listen to guided commentary on the harbor’s history and ecosystem while you sail, snapping photos of Boston’s coast from the water.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$55.47
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

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Explore Boston in a way that interests you on a private walking tour that can be customized to your preferences. You'll follow a flexible itinerary tailored to include attractions that you want to see, such as Boston Common, Freedom Trail, or Copley Square. If you don't have specific interests, you can leave the itinerary up to your guide. Either way, this is a chance to enjoy Boston's history and charm with a guide all to yourself.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$450.00
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