Boston is a historic and culturally influential city, boasting the most impressive art museums, districts, and galleries on the East Coast. From the impressive world collections at the Museum of Fine Arts to Boston's new MassArt Art Museum with visionary contemporary works, Boston is THE place for art and architecture lovers.
Boston's Top 6 Art Museums
Here are the top picks of Boston's best art museums from the concierge at the Revere Hotel Boston Common. The beauty of art heals the soul in these challenging social times, so go explore the upcoming exhibits that are reopening this month.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
(465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115)
One of the leading art museums in the world, MFA wows arts lovers with its breathtaking collection of global art. Explore 17 galleries and changing exhibitions of global art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary. The museum has incredible collections of American and contemporary art, and galleries of European masters like Monet and Renior. Plan to spend a half day exploring this iconic art museum.
The Institute of Contemporary Art
(25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210)
Located in South Boston's Seaport District, The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) showcases impressive exhibits and collections of contemporary art. See beautiful galleries of contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography. ICA Boston's dynamic visual arts program features themed exhibits of vital contemporary artists, new commissions and emerging artists in first ever solo shows. The museum is set to reopen this month, and currently offers virtual programs and kids' activities.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
(25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115)
This amazing Boston art museum showcases Isabella's incredible collection is comprised of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, silver, ceramics, rare books and manuscripts from around the world. You can also see ancient objects from Rome, Medieval Europe. Asia, Renaissance Italy and 19-century America and France. Check out John Singer Sargent's watercolor on paper, Mrs. Gardner in White. Swing by for Free Thursdays when they reopen this month.
(10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108)
This early Boston cultural institution has one of the country's most distinguished libraries. Housed in a landmark building, the architecturally significant reading rooms on Beacon Street showcases historic and contemporary collections, rare publications, and early European printed works, as well fine art, including portraits of notable Americans such as Alexander Hamilton. Visit the King's Chapel Library collection, with roots in the settlement of Boston, and the library of George Washington. The Boston Athenaeum will reopen soon for writers, readers and thinkers.
McMullen Museum of Art
(Boston College, 2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135)
Explore this visual arts museum at Boston College that celebrates diverse cultures. The McMullen offers an amazing permanent collection that spans the history of art from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas including paintings, photographs, and mixed media, as well as changing exhibitions. The museum is open Monday through Friday by appointment.
MassArt Art Museum
(621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115)
Boston's newest and free contemporary art museum, the MassArt Art Museum offers a groundbreaking contemporary art experience. Explore the works of visionary artists that bring fresh perspectives to the Boston art scene. MAAM wows art lovers with imaginative exhibitions of influential and emerging artists from around the world. Wander the beautiful galleries at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and experience the merging of innovative and creative ideas.
Artful Hospitality, Boston Swagger
A true original in Boston's fashionable Back Bay, Revere Hotel Boston Common is immersed in the city's culture and art scene. Surrounded by Boston's kaleidoscope of art experiences, the hotel itself features original local art, including a giant sculpture of Paul Revere on his horse and a wall mural of the Boston Massacre in the stunning aesthetic of the lobby.
Discover Boston's incredible art museums near our hotel, a place for uncommon experiences. Set to reopen in mid-March 2021, Revere Hotel features luxurious rooms and suites with views of the Back Bay and a vibrant food and drink culture. When you're ready to see the sights of Boston, our curated specials make it easy to embrace the city's dynamic arts and architecture.