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.

  • Springfield Quadrangle Art Museum, Springfield

  • DeCordova Museum, Lincoln

  • Peabody Esses Museum, Salem

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  • Brush Art Gallery & Studios +
    10 saves

    Brush Art Gallery & Studios

    Lowell

  • Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property +
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    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • HG October Mountain Estate +
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    HG October Mountain Estate

    Lenox

  • UMass Fine Arts Center +
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    UMass Fine Arts Center

    Amherst

  • ArtsBoston BosTix Booths +
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    ArtsBoston BosTix Booths

    Boston

  • Clark Art Institute +
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    Clark Art Institute

    Williamstown

  • Marblehead Museum +
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    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • Mead Art Museum at Amherst College +
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    Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

    Amherst

  • Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program +
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    Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

    Williamsburg

  • NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association +
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    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

    Orange

  • University Museum of Contemporary Art +
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    University Museum of Contemporary Art

    Amherst

  • Adolphus Busch Hall +
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    Adolphus Busch Hall

    Cambridge

  • Cyrus Dallin Art Museum +
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    Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

    Arlington

  • Harvard Semitic Museum +
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    Harvard Semitic Museum

    Cambridge

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    Gropius House

    Lincoln

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    Art Complex Museum

    Duxbury

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    ArtsWorcester

    Worcester

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    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

  • Danforth Art Museum School +
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    Danforth Art Museum School

    Framingham

  • Imagine: A Center for Community & the Arts +
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    Imagine: A Center for Community & the Arts

    Cambridge

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