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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  • Diablo Glass School +
    35 saves

    Diablo Glass School

    Boston

  • Springfield Museums +
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    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
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    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Phillips House Museum +
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    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Museum of Russian Icons +
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    Museum of Russian Icons

    Clinton

  • Harvard Art Museums +
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    Harvard Art Museums

    Cambridge

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
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    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Sandwich Glass Museum +
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    Sandwich Glass Museum

    Sandwich

  • Rose Kennedy Greenway +
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    Rose Kennedy Greenway

    Boston

  • American Textile History Museum +
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    American Textile History Museum

    Lowell

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

    Boston

  • A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art +
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    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Ipswich Museum +
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    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art +
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    The Institute of Contemporary Art

    Boston

  • International Poster Gallery +
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    International Poster Gallery

    Boston

  • Vaillancourt Folk Art +
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    Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Marine Museum at Fall River +
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    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

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

    Waltham

  • Fuller Craft Museum +
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    Fuller Craft Museum

    Brockton

  • Sargent House Museum +
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    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

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