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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  • Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute +
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    Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

    Williamstown

  • 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

  • Vaillancourt Folk Art +
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    Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Whistler House Museum of Art +
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    Whistler House Museum of Art

    Lowell

  • Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property +
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    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Worcester Art Museum +
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    Worcester Art Museum

    Worcester

  • 3Museums.org

    Boylston

    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

    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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  • Amazing Things Arts Center

    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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  • Animagic - Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art

    Lee

    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

    Salem

    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

    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

    Pittsfield

    Ongoing outdoor gallery that changes each year. more

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  • Artspace

    Greenfield

    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

    Attleboro

    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

    Becket

    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

    Pittsfield

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

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