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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  • My Art Boston +
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    My Art Boston

    Jamaica Plain

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum +
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    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Norman Rockwell Museum +
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    Norman Rockwell Museum

    Stockbridge

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

    Orange

  • Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property +
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    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Peabody Essex Museum +
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    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University +
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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Phillips House Museum +
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    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
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    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

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    Pinot's Palette Lexington Center

    Lexington

  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum +
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    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    Provincetown

  • Rose Kennedy Greenway +
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    Rose Kennedy Greenway

    Boston

  • Sargent House Museum +
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    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • Sawmill River Arts Gallery +
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    Sawmill River Arts Gallery

    Montague Center

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

    Williamsburg

  • South Shore Art Center +
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    South Shore Art Center

    Cohasset

  • Springfield Museums +
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    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

  • Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate +
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    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

  • UMass Fine Arts Center +
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    UMass Fine Arts Center

    Amherst

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

    Amherst

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