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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  • Smith College Museum of Art

    Northampton

    Considered one of the finest college art museums in the country, SCMA is known for its distinguished collection of more... more

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  • Pairpoint Glass Works

    Sagamore

    Glassware handmade by centuries-old techniques. Blowing room open, Mon.-Fri. more

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  • Rudd Art Museum

    North Adams

    Celebrating our 11th summer season!RUDD ART MUSEUM"A Chapel for Humanity"The chapel has been created by... more

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  • College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst

    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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  • 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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  • The International Museum of World War II

    Natick

    The Museum preserves, exhibits, and teaches the entire global story. It is the only museum in the world to do... more

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  • The New Bedford Museum of Glass

    New Bedford

    Welcome! The members of our non-profit organization are working to establish a new glass museum in the city of New... more

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  • Williamsville Sculpture Garden

    West Stockbridge

    Outdoor sculpture garden featuring regional artists. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

    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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  • Williams College Museum of Art

    Williamstown

    WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects.... more

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  • Artscape

    Pittsfield

    Ongoing outdoor gallery that changes each year. 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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  • Faneuil Hall

    Boston

    CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS THROUGH APRIL 2018. For 275 years, Faneuil Hall remains a site of meetings, protests, and debate right up to... more

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  • Grand Circle Gallery

    Boston

    Grand Circle Gallery offers travel-themed exhibits featuring vintage travel posters. The extensive poster collection focuses on the "Golden Age... 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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  • Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center

    Belmont

    Hiking trails, nature center, formal gardens, art gallery and natural history programs for children and adults. more

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  • Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

    South Hadley

    Collections focus on Asian art; 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; Medieval... more

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