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

  • Peabody Esses Museum, Salem

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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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  • Multicultural Arts Center

    Cambridge

    As New England's only multicultural arts center, we strive to present dedicated programming reflecting diversity in the arts. Please join... 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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  • 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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  • Rockport Art Association

    Rockport

    Featuring award-winning paintings, graphics, sculpture & photography from New England artists, as well as paintings & graphics from our Permanent Collection of... more

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  • Sage Art Gallery

    Haverhill

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  • Santarella, Tyringham's Gingerbread House

    Tyringham

    Historic Home and studios of Sir Henry Hudson Kitson, sculptor of the 'Lexington Minuteman'. Studios, residences and grounds are available... more

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  • The Society of Arts and Crafts

    Boston

    SAC is the oldest nonprofit crafts organization in the US. Galleries exhibit established artists working in basketry ceramics, decorative fiber,... more

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  • Thomas Crane Public Library

    Quincy

    Built in 1881 by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson - who also designed Boston's famed Trinity Church - the Thomas Thomas... more

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  • Western Avenue Studios

    Lowell

    Many of our more than 200 artists open their studios on the First Saturday of every month! more

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  • Whistler House Museum of Art

    Lowell

    The Whistler House Museum of Art, birthplace of the artist James McNeill Whistler, was established in 1908 as the permanent home... more

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