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

The Cultural Connector
The Cultural Connector is a new $5 Boston Harbor Ferry service that takes sightseers to six of the city’s top museums. The new 44-passenger ferry is air-conditioned and takes sightseers to six stops between the Seaport and Charlestown eight times a day from 8am-6pm. A single ride is $5 and a day pass is $15. The Cultural Connector makes stops at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the Boston Children’s Museum, New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the USS Constitution. Some museums offer special deals. For now the ferry will operate daily through Labor Day weekend. The service is operated by Boston Harbor Cruises.

  • Springfield Quadrangle Art Museum, Springfield

  • DeCordova Museum, Lincoln

  • MASS MoCA, North Adams

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  • Cahoon Museum of American Art

    Cotuit

    1775 colonial farmhouse; primitive paintings by Ralph and Martha Cahoon; 19th- and early 20th- century American art; changing exhibits more

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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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  • Cogswell's Grant

    Essex

    Extensive collection of American folk art including primitive paintings, Shaker boxes, painted furniture, and redware. 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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  • Cushing House Museum

    Newburyport

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

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  • Danforth Museum of Art

    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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  • Davis Museum and Cultural Center

    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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  • Design Museum Boston

    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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  • Fitchburg Art Museum

    Fitchburg

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

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  • Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio

    Lenox

    Visit the home of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, set on a 46-acre estate in... more

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  • The Gallery at Hallmark Institute of Photography

    Turners Falls

    Located in the refurbished former Colle Opera house; The Gallery is an exhibition venue for fine photography from some of... more

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  • Gallery of African Art

    Clinton

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  • George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

    Springfield

    Outstanding collection of Oriental arms and Middle Eastern rugs, Chinese cloisonne, and Asian decorative arts; 19th-century American paintings; sculpture cast... more

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  • Hands-On Art Museum

    Shirley

    Walk in and find five exhibits full of art supplies, projects, and activities for ages two and up. The Hands-On... more

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  • Hyannis Harbor Arts Center at the Guyer Barn

    Hyannis

    The Guyer Barn is a community art space-a working artist studio and professional artist gallery. Enjoy changing exhibitions, classes and... more

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  • ICA

    Boston

    Rotating exhibits of cutting-edge, international artists in a dramatic new buidling on Boston Harbor with cantilevered exhibition galleries and a... more

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  • Indaba of New England

    Brockton

    The mission of the Indaba Theatre of New England is: To inspire and uplift. To empower inner city youth. To... more

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  • Ipswich Arts

    Ipswich

    Profiles and information on all facets of the Ipswich art scene. Includes information on local artists and artisans, classes and... more

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