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Sightseeing and landmarks in Boston

Art museums

Art Museum
“Museum of Fine Arts is the fifth largest museum in America with more than 450,000 works of art.”
  • 288 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This unique museum is one of my favorites: Isabella Stewart Gartner built this villa and incorporated her art collection in the building. ”
  • 200 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Modern Arts and beautiful view of the harbor. It has a great little restaurant looking out to the sea.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Harvard Art Museum is not the size of the Museum of Fine Arts or Gardner Museum in Boston (both of which are amazing), but has a very impressive collection, is housed in a gorgeous, recently gut-renovated building, and is large enough that you undoubtedly will be unable to see the whole thing in one visit. There is also currently (through July 28) a special exhibit called The Bauhaus and Harvard that is quite good and showcases the University’s Bauhaus collection, which is the largest in the world outside of Germany.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Basement exhibition of paintings & sculptures that do not conform to conventional aesthetics.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Library
“Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the county. Their iconic address at 10½ Beacon Street opens its doors to the public through a variety of admission and tour options. Check out their website and book early to grab a spot.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Great place to go and see cool art exhibits and free water taxis to the Seaport location”
  • 7 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Always a great spot for art lovers, especially when the weather is bad. Check out the Chihuly sculptures in the courtyard. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

History museums

Science Museum
“Wonderful intimate museum with a hand-pulled glass botany exhibit that will blow your mind, minerals exhibited in beautiful wood and glass display cases, a variety of dinosaur, bird and animal exhibits. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
History Museum
“As the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, the USS Constitution Museum preserves, displays, and interprets artifacts and archival material related to the Ship and her crew through interactive exhibitions, compelling programs, and engaging outreach initiatives. The Museum was incorporated in 1972 as a private, non-profit and non-government funded interpretive complement to USS Constitution, an active-duty US Navy vessel and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. This allowed the Navy to clear Constitution’s decks of display cases so that visitors could see the Ship as a sailing vessel, rather than as a floating museum, and for artifacts to be cared for in proper environmental conditions.”
  • 46 locals recommend
History Museum
“This museum depicts the famous leadership and legacy of JFK and the nature of a president's office.”
  • 46 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is where family can view artifacts of historical importance and also enjoy a multi sensory experience. This is a floating museum made up of high tech interactive exhibits and restored tea ships.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Church
“"One if by land, two if by sea." The famous two lanterns were hung from the tower of Old North Church to alert Paul Revere of the means of the British Army Regulars' arrival.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Church
“This is the oldest surviving church in Boston. It was founded in 1722. It's an awesome church to see!”
  • 17 locals recommend
History Museum
“Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and played a pivotal role in African American Histiry ”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“Take time to enjoy the displays of this amazing institution - the Glass Flowers, the mineral room, the preserved animals from every continent, artifacts from indigenous peoples, so many things are housed here. It's a large museum, with a small, often old-fashioned feel. It is a gem of a museum. ”
  • 12 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Monument / Landmark
“Walk around this tiny park, bring a snack and have a picnic on the green and if you're up for it climb to the top for the best views of the city. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Stunning views from this 365 degree tower in Boston's Back Bay. In Boston proper so will need an Ubber or subway ride to get there.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The views from up on high!!! An old fort protected Boston from the oncoming British. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Stunning view of the city and the Charles River. Must see, but bring warm clothes!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Fort Revere is an 8-acre historic site contains the remains of two seacoast fortifications, a water tower with an observation deck, and one from the American Revolution and one that served 1898-1947. Fort Revere was called Fort Independence and later named in honor of Paul Revere. It was used to protect Boston Harbor dating from the American Revolution. Fort Independence on Telegraph Hill presumably is the grave site of nearly 200 French soldiers who died here while fighting for America in the Revolutionary War.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Lots of History, Breathtaking views, so worth seeing.... Fort Revere Park is a state-owned historic site and public recreation area situated on a small peninsula in the town of Hull, Massachusetts. The park occupies 6 acres on Telegraph Hill in Hull Village and houses the remains of two seacoast fortifications, including former Fort Revere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Great place for a walk around....see some of the ferry traffic in the harbor..picnic tables and grills avail, public bathroom...once around the park is about a mile....so do it a few times...about 10-15 min from house”
  • 3 locals recommend

Historic sites

Park
“Boston Common/Public Garden was created in 1634 and has 80 species of plant. There are places for lunch, picnic and beautiful sight seeing.”
  • 228 locals recommend
Historic Site
“offering a variety of shopping, restaurants and street performers there is so much to do in and around the area. Hop on a guided city tour, cross the street to visit the New England Aquarium or walk the Rose Kennedy Greenway. You can spend a whole day in this area. ”
  • 195 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Walk around this tiny park, bring a snack and have a picnic on the green and if you're up for it climb to the top for the best views of the city. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is where family can view artifacts of historical importance and also enjoy a multi sensory experience. This is a floating museum made up of high tech interactive exhibits and restored tea ships.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This is a fun place to be! There are many fun activities to watch or listen to. There's also a food court and various stores for shopping.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“Rub the left foot of John Harvard and you will have good fortune or something like that. After you visit the statue let me know so I can ask you a very important fact about it.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A historic site located at 105 Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For almost fifty years, it was the home of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It had previously served as the headquarters of General George Washington, 1775-76. Near Harvard Square.”
  • 10 locals recommend
History Museum
“Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and played a pivotal role in African American Histiry ”
  • 8 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“One of the most spectacular libraries in the country. Come be inspired and also check out the new wing and see tapings of NPR!”
  • 124 locals recommend
History Museum
“This museum depicts the famous leadership and legacy of JFK and the nature of a president's office.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Library
“A must check out Library. Its our pride. Take your laptop and spend a few hours working from here. You will be refreshed. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Library
“It is SO cool, you walk THROUGH a stain-glass globe of the world, that has amazing acoustic qualities. One of a kind and worth your time. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Library
“Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the county. Their iconic address at 10½ Beacon Street opens its doors to the public through a variety of admission and tour options. Check out their website and book early to grab a spot.”
  • 11 locals recommend
College Library
“Great place to start your Harvard University tour. This is the main library with iconic views of Harvard Yard. This is where commencement takes place as well as other big events throughout the school year.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“A great local secret! There is a branch library right around the corner a few blocks from our location. Do check out the Cambridge Collins Branch Library on Aberdeen Ave. Then hop onto the NO 72 electric trolley bus for a direct ride to Harvard Square for more bookstores and the main Cambridge Library!”
  • 3 locals recommend