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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  • Worcester Historical Museum


    Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles,... more

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  • Addison Gallery of American Art


    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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  • Amazing Things Arts Center


    Performing and visual arts center in restored historic firehouse. 350 performances (daily except Mon.) in folk, pop, jazz,comedy, theater and... more

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  • Arabella Gallery


    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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  • Attleboro Arts Museum


    Rotating art exhibitions including paintings, sculpture, and mixed media. Creative art classes for adults and children. Lectures, visiting artists workshops... more

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  • Cogswell's Grant


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

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  • Cushing House Museum


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

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  • The Davis Museum at Wellesley College


    The Davis is home to distinguished permanent collections from around the globe; holdings include paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs,... more

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  • Doll E. Daze Project & Museum Inc;


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

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  • Fitchburg Art Museum


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

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  • Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio


    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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  • Harvard Museums of Science & Culture


    The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is a partnership of four Harvard museums; Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments,... more

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  • Hyannis Harbor Arts Center at the Guyer Barn


    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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  • Milton Art Museum


    American and European prints; Asian art; 19th-century bronze sculpture; contemporary American artists. more

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  • Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon


    The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon is a professional art museum within New England's largest conservation organization,... more

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  • Museums 10


    In the heart of western Massachusetts, Museums10 is a dynamic collaborative of 10 museums that inspire, engage and enrich their communities... more

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  • Narrows Center for the Arts

    Fall River

    The Narrows Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The 280-seat facility hosts high-quality, national and local performing... more

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  • Artspace


    Community arts center and gallery. more

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  • Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns


    Rotating Exhibits of artists including jewelry from the Berkshire and beyond. Artist receptions every other Saturday. Young People (ages 5-14)... more

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  • Cahoon Museum of American Art


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

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