This world-famous baseball stadium has been a staple of the Boston entertainment scene since its opening in 1912. The diamond is flanked on its left side by the Green Monster, an iconic 37-foot (11.28-meter) field wall featuring a manually operated scoreboard. A unique piece of civic history, Fenway Park is one of the oldest Major League Baseball stadiums currently in use, and it proudly hosts the Boston Red Sox. With a seating capacity of over 37,000 spectators, the stadium ripples with excited energy on game days when steadfast local fans cheer proudly for the home team.
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 museum's collection is impressive 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.
With a planetarium, an IMAX movie theater, and a two-story Van de Graaf generator capable of producing 2.5 million volts of electricity, the Museum of Science is truly impressive. Children love the interactive discovery center, live animal exhibit and the dinosaur exhibit with fossils and life-size models. These and the hundreds of other exhibits make this museum one of Boston's top attractions. This educational and entertaining museum is perfect for the whole family.
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.
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!
There are more than 100 places to eat, shop and drink at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market. French merchant Peter Faneuil gave the hall that precedes the marketplace to his adopted home of Boston in 1742. It has been called the Cradle of Liberty because of the number of revolutionaries and abolitionists who delivered important speeches here. The hall is now a tourist center and place to shop, but public meeting facilities are still available.
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.
Sanders Theater has seen its fair share of speakers, performers, and lectures in its many days at Harvard. With impressive acoustics and a semi-circle design, it is able to accommodate up to 1,166 guests while still maintaining an intimate atmosphere. A member of the League of Historic American Theaters, it has been graced by speakers ranging from Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King Jr, and today it often functions as a concert and lecture hall. Many world-renowned professional groups, such as the Boston Philharmonic, perform here on a regular basis. Though the theater is not normally open to the public, try to get a ticket to one of the performances, as it is truly a magnificent building.
One of the two primary venues within the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), this Harvard Square mainstay is popular for hosting local, national as well as international theatre performances, dance and cabaret acts on a nightly basis. Besides popular productions, the venue offers great opportunities for upcoming performing artists to showcase their talents. Dance and comedy to burlesque and aerial artists, visitors can expect a varied schedule throughout the year. Check website for upcoming events and more.
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.
A cultural hub of sorts in the center of Cambridge, Harvard Square is undoubtedly a great attraction to tourists as well as locals. The Harvard Square is, ironically, a triangle-shaped area formed by the intersection of Brattle Street, John F. Kennedy Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The highlight of the Square is the variety it has to offer, with ample shopping options at stores like Topaz, Forty Winks and The Hempest. The Square also has a host of book stores and restaurants where you can spend an entire day.