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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    Rose Kennedy Greenway

    Boston

  • Sandwich Glass Museum +
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    Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

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    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

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    Sawmill River Arts Gallery

    Montague Center

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    Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

    Williamsburg

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    South Shore Art Center

    Cohasset

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    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

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    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

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    UMass Fine Arts Center

    Amherst

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    University Museum of Contemporary Art

    Amherst

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    Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

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    Whistler House Museum of Art

    Lowell

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    Whistler House Museum of Art

    Lowell

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    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

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    Worcester Art Museum

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    Boylston

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    Andover

    Home to one of the most comprehensive collections of American art in the world, the Addison Gallery of American Art... more

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    Framingham

    Performing and visual arts center in restored historic firehouse. 350 performances (daily except Mon.) in folk, pop, jazz,comedy, theater and... more

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    Lee

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    Salem

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