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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    Pittsfield

    Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections! Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors... more

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    Boston

    Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS is the culmination of the German scientist and physician's more than 35-year... more

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  • Cahoon Museum of American Art

    Cotuit

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  • Cape Ann Artisans

    Rockport

    16 working studios, visit with the artisans who create and design sculpture, art, hand blown glass,mosaics and pottery. The group... more

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  • Cape Ann Museum

    Gloucester

    Largest collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane, America's foremost nineteenth-century maritime painter. Works by Winslow Homer, John Sloan, and... more

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  • Cape Cod Museum of Art

    Dennis

    Contemporary and historically significant art by artists connected with Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts. Seven galleries, sculpture garden, 90... more

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    Waltham

    Located on the scenic banks of the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, CRMII is on... more

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  • Cogswell's Grant

    Essex

    Extensive collection of American folk art including primitive paintings, Shaker boxes, painted furniture, and redware. more

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    Amherst

    Societies throughout history have generated scholars, artists, writers and thinkers who have raised fundamental questions to better understand and express... more

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  • Concord Art Association

    Concord

    Since 1917, Concord Art Association has supported contemporary art and artists through exhibition and educational programming. The historic building and garden... more

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  • Cultural Center at Eagle Hill

    Hardwick

    A place to connect with the arts and with each other in rural Central Massachusetts, presenting a wide range of... more

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  • Cushing House Museum

    Newburyport

    Federal mansion (1808); paintings, furniture, carriage house, and garden. more

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    Newburyport

    The Custom House Maritime Museum is gateway to the rich maritime heritage of Newburyport, the eastern seacoast's first major commercial... more

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    Framingham

    Our mission statement: The Danforth Museum and School of Art actively engages its communities within an intimate environment to experience,... more

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    Wellesley

    Rotating exhibitions that feature Art from Ancient America to digital animation. The Museum provides an exciting environment and challenges our... more

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    Boston

    Design Museum Boston is a newcomer to New England's cultural landscape. We are the region's first museum dedicated solely to... more

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    Mansfield

    The National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture is the only museum in the country who teaches black history &... more

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    Yarmouth Port

    The Edward Gorey House preserves the legacy of Gorey's whimsically macabre books and illustration and highlights his love and care... more

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    Fitchburg

    Contemporary American paintings, early portraits, prints, decorative arts, furniture. Changing exhibitions. more

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    Ashland

    Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, afirst-time collaboration among eleven museums and cultural institutions throughout the state, will highlight Massachusetts furniture-making,... more

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