Tucked away in the South Boston piers, Harpoon Brewery is a blessing for beer lovers everywhere. Many travel considerable distances to sample the handcrafted beer made here. Attend tasting and viewing sessions from Tuesday through Saturday, where you'll get to sample a wide variety of beer and see the entire operation from the brewery platform. Reservations are required for parties of 15 or more. Families are welcome; individuals must be 21 years or older and have ID to taste. The brewery's store sells everything from t-shirts and glasses to beer. For those who would just like to grab a pint without the tour, can visit their beer hall.
Part of the prestigious Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University (MGMH) features over 3000 minerals, rocks, gemstones, meteorites and other precious stones in its repertoire. The Harvard Mineralogical Museum, as MGMH is popularly known, is dedicated towards the discovery, collection, preservation and development of important rocks, minerals, gemstones, ores and meteorite fragments collected from different parts of the planet. All these precious minerals and rocks are on display at the museum's public gallery, which is open to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm daily, except on public holidays.
Located on 159 Brattle Street, the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House is an iconic Colonial American-era house in Cambridge. Recognized as the second oldest house in Cambridge, the house was built in 1685 by Richard Hooper as a First Period-era farmhouse. Enlisted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, this key literary landmark attracts thousands of tourists from all over the US every year. Designed by noted architect, Joseph E. Chandler, the house has been refurbished and remodeled several times since its construction. It currently serves as the headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society.
The Yin Yu Tang House in the Peabody Essex Museum is a unique one. The name translates to Hall of Plentiful Shelter and it was initially owned by a wealthy Chinese merchant. The house is architectural marvel with tile roof and walls are built with sandstone and brick. The interiors are furnished with personal effects and furniture of the family that lived here. Many exquisite Asian art pieces are here as well. Guided tours of the house are available.
A downtown Boston highlight since 1994, accomplished and acclaimed chef and tour guide Michele Topor invites guests to explore the rich history of Boston's North End and Chinatown districts. Involved in food since an early age, Topor started her walking tours as an ambulatory addition to her cooking classes. On the North End tour, guests learn about Mediterranean eating customs before delving into practical food shopping, visiting salumerias, greengrocers, enotecas and a 70-year-old coffee and spice shop that still serves patrons today. The Chinatown tour is a bit different, taking travelers through the Chinatown gate to discover an authentic bakery, barbecue restaurant, herbal pharmacy and boba tea shop before sitting down for a guided dim sum tour with a knowledgeable guide. Several skilled docents and maybe even Ms. Topor herself will guide you through a mobile cooking class, showcasing the sights and smells of Boston's best. Tour sizes are very small (the North End tour has spots for 13 people while the Chinatown tour has spots for ten), so book your reservation today!
Known for showcasing the works of contemporary artists, the Krakow Witkin Gallery is the preferred place for lovers of modern paintings, sculpture and drawings. Tara Donovan, Leslie Wilcox and Sol LeWitt are some of the names that are regularly featured here. The exhibitions here are inspiring and impressive and are well attended by many.
Best known for the fall-winter Farmer's Market, Union Square Plaza is every food-lover's haven. Dotted by several bars and restaurants, it's a great neighborhood to hangout and explore. Several ethnic markets offering Brazilian, Indian, Korean and other specialty foods are also available in the Union Square area. The neighborhood is well-known for some amazing live music performances, especially those staged at the market.
Making approachable art a reality, The Mµseum showcases local art from the New England region in a public space. Perhaps known to be what is the tiniest museum in the world, The Mµseum is located at Union Square between the Subway and The Independent. This conspicuous location was ideated by founder Judith Klausner in the spirit of approachable art - so as to bring art to people, rather than the other way round. As such, the art showcased here can be viewed 24 hours a day, all days of the week. In the past, this minuscule exhibition hall has featured installations such as 'Desert Places' and 'Free Box', among others.
This community center focuses solely on music, acting as a place of creative energy and education. It has lessons in various music genres (everything from classical to rock to jazz), music therapy courses, summer camps, concert series and much more. With its amazing dedication to the Boston community, it is no surprise that about 5,000 people visit this center every week.