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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  • The Gallery at Hallmark Institute of Photography

    Turners Falls

    Located in the refurbished former Colle Opera house; The Gallery is an exhibition venue for fine photography from some of... more

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  • Gallery of African Art

    Clinton

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  • George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

    Springfield

    Outstanding collection of Oriental arms and Middle Eastern rugs, Chinese cloisonne, and Asian decorative arts; 19th-century American paintings; sculpture cast... more

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  • Hands-On Art Museum

    Shirley

    Walk in and find five exhibits full of art supplies, projects, and activities for ages two and up. The Hands-On... more

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  • ICA

    Boston

    Rotating exhibits of cutting-edge, international artists in a dramatic new buidling on Boston Harbor with cantilevered exhibition galleries and a... more

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  • Indaba of New England

    Brockton

    The mission of the Indaba Theatre of New England is: To inspire and uplift. To empower inner city youth. To... more

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  • Ipswich Arts

    Ipswich

    Profiles and information on all facets of the Ipswich art scene. Includes information on local artists and artisans, classes and... more

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  • List Visual Arts Center, MIT

    Cambridge

    Exhibitions explore challenging, intellectual contemporary art making in all media: painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and architecture/design. Map available... more

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  • Lynn Arts, Inc.

    Lynn

    Gallery features a variety of exhibits throughout the year. Classes and workshops are available. more

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  • Marion Art Center

    Marion

    Two art galleries; theater; studio; portraits by Cecil Clark Davis. more

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  • Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center

    Belmont

    Hiking trails, nature center, formal gardens, art gallery and natural history programs for children and adults. more

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  • Montserrat College of Art

    Beverly

    Featuring five galleries exhibiting international, national, regional and student art, with free public lectures by visiting artists, and gala openings... more

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  • Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality

    Orleans

    Luce Del Mondo (Light of the World) Sacred Art Exhibit - Sponsored by the Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art... more

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  • Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists

    Boston

    Extensive collections of African art and Afro-American prints and drawings. Photography, painting, sculpture, and graphics exhibitions. Permanent and changing galleries. more

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  • Museum of World War II

    Natick

    The Museum of World War II is a research and educational institution devoted to preserving and exhibiting the reality of... more

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  • Narrows Center for the Arts

    Fall River

    The Narrows Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The 280-seat facility hosts high-quality, national and local performing... more

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  • New Bedford Art Museum

    New Bedford

    Exhibits by local and international artists in all media. more

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  • New Bedford Art Museum

    New Bedford

    Our Mission: The New Bedford Art Museum engages the public in experiencing, understanding and appreciating art. The South Coast is... more

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  • Pamela Wamala Fine Art Studio

    Lowell

    Pamela Wamala, is a pastel painter, instructor and one of 13 artists located at Brush Art Gallery 148 State Street, Boston, MA 02109... more

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  • Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association - Memorial Hall Museum

    Deerfield

    Paintings and exhibitions throughout 19 rooms. Deerfield's arts and crafts movement, Native American Perspective, quilts, tools, furniture, dolls and miniatures, in... more

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