Established in the 1870s, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is one of the largest and finest art museums in the United States. This impressive museum's collection is huge and showcases the work of such masters as Monet and John Singer Sargent. The MFA also has outstanding collections of Impressionist art, early American art and artifacts, and Asian and Egyptian art. The museum regularly hosts lectures, musical performances and films. End your visit with a refreshing coffee or a meal at one of the cafes and restaurants within the museum. Check website for more.
President John F. Kennedy's memory is sacred in the minds of many Americans. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, a glass pavilion designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, is dedicated to his memory. Visitors are transported back to the darkest days of the Cold War. A short film recounts JFK's deeds in his own words while the authentic photos and exhibits evoke the brief period in White House history that nostalgic Americans refer to as "the days of Camelot".
An integral artery of downtown Boston, Freedom Trail is a winding path coursing through some of the most significant landmarks of the country. Dotted along the trail's course is a troupe of sites which have been the brewing grounds for iconic events like the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. Upheld by the Boston National Historic Park and the Freedom Trail Commission, it is dotted by a tracery of churches, graveyards and buildings commanding monumental significance. Some of the important sites studded on the trail are the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, USS Constitution, Copp's Hill Burial Ground and Paul Revere's House. The trail often commences from Boston Common, meandering up to the Bunker Hill Monument. Voyaging proudly through the city's expanse, the Freedom Trail tells stirring tales of the country's glorious past.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, heiress and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner built a home modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palace. Gardener was a great patroness of famous artists such as James Whistler and John Singer Sargent. She also acquired European masterpieces, and her palace is now a museum filled with works by Titian, Matisse, Rembrandt, and Raphael. The courtyard of the museum is a lush oasis filled with beautiful plants and flowers.
Boston Children's Museum is a great place to both entertain and educate your children. Interactive exhibits introduce the curious minds to a wide array of topics including art, culture, science and technology. Displays such as the science playground, hall of toys, play space, weaving and climbing sculpture are exceptional in their ability to teach children about their environment and the world they live in. This fascinating museum is fun for all ages!
Still an active Episcopalian church, Old North Church is possibly the oldest religious structure in Boston, dating back to 1723. It occupies a special place in American history. On a fateful night in 1775, Paul Revere watched for the signal, “One if by land and two if by sea.” After the church sexton hung two lanterns from the steeple, he began his famous midnight ride to wake and warn the countryside of the British troops' arrival. Every April, members of the colonial militia begin a lantern service commemorating this historic event.
With an antique brick facade set among downtown skyscrapers, any passerby can pick this building out as a relic from an earlier time. Now a museum run by The Bostonian Society, the site has a long and distinguished history. The Boston Massacre, one of the catalysts for the American Revolution, took place just outside. The Declaration of Independence was first read to Boston here on July 18, 1776. The structure served as the new state's capitol until 1797. Exhibits at the museum take visitors through the stories of the revolution and the people involved in them. Check website for more.
The intersection of Devonshire and State Street is a significant location in Boston history. In 1770, an armed collision between the British army and the colonists leading to the loss of lives further provoked the American Revolution. A circular pattern of cobblestones outside the Old State House commemorates these fallen men. Take the Freedom Trail for a glimpse of this tragic incident and other iconic events.
The Old Corner Bookstore is a historic landmark in Boston. Located along the Freedom Trail, this building was built in 1712. This structure has been occupied by several commercial tenants over the years since its first use as a bookstore. It features on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1998, Irish Famine Memorial is a poignant reminder of all that Irish families lost and all that came after that. A tribute to the men, women and children who did not make it during the destructive and disastrous Irish Famine, the memorials bronze statues serve as a reminder of loss and sufferings. The famine which struck Ireland in the middle of the 19th century lasted for five years, thereby destroying a country's centuries old rich heritage. A must visit for all, Irish Famine Memorial is one of those places that leave a lasting impression.
This historic church, built in 1749 and part of the Freedom Trail, has the distinction of being the first Anglican congregation in the American colonies. Then, in 1785, it became the first Unitarian church in the country. There is still an active congregation that uses the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The interior is considered a paragon of Georgian architectural design. The 18th-century bell from England tolls even today. The church also has an historic cemetery. Although the church doesn't charge an admission fee, offerings will be appreciated.
The Old South Meeting House was originally built as a church by Puritans in 1729. This building went on to play an important role in the American Revolution as a gathering point for those seeking American independence from Britain. On December 16, 1773, over 5000 colonists met here to protest a tea tax. From the meeting, these protesters went to the waterfront and tossed crates of tea into the harbor. The act later came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. An in-house shop in the museum basement has small articles of the historic events that occurred here, as well as copies of books and documents of historical importance.