Massachusetts has a rich heritage of making and collecting art; this heritage is on display across the state in museums of all kinds.
The world-renowned Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has an encyclopedic collection that ranges from French Impressionists to ancient Egyptian art. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) showcases contemporary art in its striking new building overlooking Boston Harbor. Across the Charles River in Cambridge, the Harvard Art Museums are home to works by Matisse, Picasso and Italian Renaissance masters in intimate galleries. And travelling north of metro Boston, Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum exhibits connections between art, architecture and culture.
Large-scale American sculpture is sited throughout the 35 acres of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln. Worcester’s Art Museum, acknowledged as one of America’s leading small art museums, includes works by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent and Whistler. In Western Massachusetts, the Norman Rockwell Museum houses the largest collection of the illustrator’s original art, many from the Saturday Evening Post. Fuller Craft Museum is one of eight museums in the country specializing in contemporary craft
The Cultural Connector
The Cultural Connector is a new $5 Boston Harbor Ferry service that takes sightseers to six of the city’s top museums. The new 44-passenger ferry is air-conditioned and takes sightseers to six stops between the Seaport and Charlestown eight times a day from 8am-6pm. A single ride is $5 and a day pass is $15. The Cultural Connector makes stops at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the Boston Children’s Museum, New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the USS Constitution. Some museums offer special deals. For now the ferry will operate daily through Labor Day weekend. The service is operated by Boston Harbor Cruises.
Springfield Quadrangle Art Museum, Springfield
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln
MASS MoCA, North Adams
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