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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  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
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    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum +
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    DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

    Lincoln

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    Peabody Essex Museum

    Salem

  • 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

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    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

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    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property +
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    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • Brush Art Gallery & Studios +
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    Brush Art Gallery & Studios

    Lowell

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    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

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    Gropius House

    Lincoln

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    Cape Ann Museum

    Gloucester

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
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    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

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

    Lowell

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    Pinot's Palette Lexington Center

    Lexington

  • New England Quilt Museum

    Lowell

    The New England Quilt Museum, at the heart of America's textile region, is the only institution in the northeast devoted... more

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  • Custom House Maritime Museum

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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