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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    Springfield Museums


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    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate


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    UMass Fine Arts Center


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    University Museum of Contemporary Art


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    Vaillancourt Folk Art


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    Whistler House Museum of Art


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    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

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    Worcester Art Museum




    The collaboration of 3 Great Museums, all within a few miles distance, offering discount admissions incentives to enhance visitation to these... more

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  • Addison Gallery of American Art


    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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  • Amazing Things Arts Center


    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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  • Animagic - Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art


    Make your own Animation movie in 2 hours. Learn about Berkshire Talent, who made this movies possible: The Matrix, Chicken Run,... more

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  • Arabella Gallery


    Arabella Gallery, located in the heart of Pickering Wharf, represents some of New England's finest artists and artisans offering an... more

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  • Artist work studios @50 Pearl Street Hyannis


    Pearl Street where art is cultured. Pearl Street is part of a unique artist district. Visit local artists in their... more

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  • Artscape


    Ongoing outdoor gallery that changes each year. more

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  • Artspace


    Community arts center and gallery. more

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  • Asia-Barong

    Great Barrington

    Mega space of Asiatic art. Largest gallery of indoor/outdoor Asian art, artifact, and sculpture in the United States. more

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  • Attleboro Arts Museum


    Rotating art exhibitions including paintings, sculpture, and mixed media. Creative art classes for adults and children. Lectures, visiting artists workshops... more

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  • Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns


    Rotating Exhibits of artists including jewelry from the Berkshire and beyond. Artist receptions every other Saturday. Young People (ages 5-14)... more

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  • Berkshire Artisans/Lichenstein Center for the Arts


    Municipal arts center; galleries, workshops, public mural program. more

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