If you plan on visiting the USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the USS Constitution Museum is a must-see, located adjacent to the ship. Come and discover what life was like for the crew that served on Old Ironsides. Take a trip into American history learn about life on the sea, the Revolution, and the War of 1812. A fun, educational experience for the entire family. Be sure not to miss the gift shop so you can take a piece of history home with you!
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".
One of the most well known incidents of the American Revolution was the Boston Tea party where shiploads of tea were thrown into the sea to protest against the British taxes. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum allows guests to relive this incident with costumed tour guides telling the story of the war with paintings and historic artifacts and even reenactments. Visitors can board the ships and dump tea crates into the sea. Each aspect of the historical event, as well as the aftermath is covered in this museum, making it a must stop for keen guests.
Serving the community since 1936, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) has been among the first in the city to debut works by impressive artists from Picasso to Warhol. Since its 2006 move to the architecturally stunning new harbor front site, the museum has continued its impressive exhibits of cutting edge of contemporary art in Boston. The facility now houses an amazing permanent collection rife with paintings and video installations, as well as traveling exhibitions showcasing the hottest talents from around the world. ICA is also home to a year-round program of dance, theater and film, and it also sponsors educational programs and off-site art installations and events throughout the community.
MIT Museum has an amazing collection of exhibits featuring inventions, history and discoveries of the MIT community. The exhibitions change regularly and occasionally include some intriguing ones like the Hacker Relics, which document famous pranks pulled by MIT students, works of Harold Edgerton. There's a heavy focus on science and technology and you'll often find students carefully studying the exhibits. The museum also has several educational programs, including workshops that are specifically designed for children.
Arnold Arboretum, a botanical garden, located in Jamaica Plain, is the crown jewel in Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace, which is the chain of Boston parks that he created. The manicured grounds, under the management of Harvard University, are filled with exotic flora that are tagged with species and genus names for the eager amateur botanist. The annual 'Lilac Sunday' during the second week of May draws thousands of visitors to enjoy the beauty of over 500 lilac bushes.
Busch-Reisinger Museum is a rare or rather the only museum in the continent dedicated to exhibiting art from Northern and Central Europe. The museum basically focuses on German culture and heritage, and strives to promote the same. Forming an integral part of Harvard University's Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger promises to take you on an altogether different trip. Founded in 1901 as the Germanic Museum, it has come a long way from exhibiting reproductions of German architectural and sculpture designs to showcasing some of the great masterpieces of medieval and renaissance periods. A haven for all art enthusiasts.
Located a few blocks away from the Harvard Yard, the Lampoon Castle or the Harvard Lampoon Building was established in 1909. Designed by Edmund Wheelwright, the building has faced quite some criticism, most notably from one of the former mayors of the city who deemed it to be the “one of the ugliest buildings in the world”. Some however, claim that there's a certain out-worldly, outlandish charm to the sturdy structure. Whether good or bad, there has been quite a lot written and said about the conspicuous building that still stands tall at 44 Bow Street.
The Christ the King Presbyterian Church is a historic church located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The church was constructed in 1851 by architect Alexander Rice Esty out of red bricks. Today, the church has various wings for kids and adults, as well as arts and music. The church building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
The year 1881 marked the construction of the monumental First Baptist Church at Magazine and River Street in Cambridge. The historic American Baptist Church follows the Gothic style of architecture, and stands as an enthralling structure. It has rightfully turned into a multi-cultural and Biblically-oriented church. It is a community which is spiritually superior and believes in prayer, passion and purpose. It occupies great historic significance and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Chocolate is the one thing that will never fail to raise your spirits on any occasion. If you are looking for a pick-me-up or simply want to indulge your love for this heavenly treat then the Taza factory store is just the place for you. The Taza Chocolate Factory at Somerville steadfastly continues to use traditional methods to create chocolates that will surely seduce your palate and instantly fill you with the warmth of happiness as only good chocolate can do. The store offers organic, stone-ground dark chocolate prepared using traditional methods and vintage machines that preserve and highlight the chocolate's natural, bold flavors. Whats more, you can even enjoy a tour of the factory and gain insight into what goes into the creation of these delectable treats. Tours must be booked in advance so be sure to plan ahead!