MUSEUMS

There are Boston museums for most tastes, from art & science to political history.

Consider these from our list of Boston favorites.

GARDNER
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Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo surrounding an interior courtyard garden, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses one of the most remarkable art collections in the world, including works by Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Degas, and Sargent. Special contemporary and historic exhibitions, America's oldest museum music program, and an artist-in-residence program enrich the permanent collection by providing ongoing inspiration for visitors. In 1990, the museum was victim to an art heist when $300 million worth of artwork was stolen. The artworks have not been recovered and a substantial award is still being offered.

MFA
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes some of the most rare and important artistic treasures in the world. With 450,000 objects, you will find breathtaking works of art, from masters of American painting to the icons of Impressionism, from exquisite Asian scrolls to Egyptian mummies, at every turn.

ICA
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The newest museum in town is the ICA, or Institute of Contemporary Art on the Boston harbor The Institute presents art, video, and performance exhibits focusing on the work of emerging artists. The award-winning building design weaves together interior and exterior space, producing shifting perspectives of the waterfront throughout the museum's galleries and public spaces.

NEW ENGLAND
AQUARIUM
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Over 70 exhibits feature a variety of aquatic creatures in naturalistic habitats at the New England Aquarium. Meet playful penguins, touch tide pool dwellers, watch divers feed sharks, and more. The aquarium also features the largest IMAX theater in New England with 3 different shows running daily.

MUSEUM OF
NATURAL HISTORY
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Visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and wander through a garden of 3,000 glass flowers-handmade by a father and son team over a fifty year period-you will not believe they're glass. Explore the halls of animals from around the world. Get face-to-face with one of the first Triceratops ever discovered. Admire a 1,642 pound amethyst geode in the gem and mineral galleries and do not miss the 42-foot-long prehistoric marine reptile.

JFK LIBRARY
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The Nation's official memorial to John F. Kennedy is the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Offering 25 dramatic exhibits, including three theaters and period settings where visitors are inspired by the stirring eloquence of John F. Kennedy and by the grace and elegance of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

MUSEUM OF
SCIENCE
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Experience the Museum of Science where science comes alive with over 600 interactive exhibits that let you explore the world around you. Do not miss the Charles Hayden Planetarium and five-story Mugar Omni Theatre.

PEABODY ESSEX
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The roots of the Peabody Essex Museum date to the 1799 founding of the East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains and supercargoes who had sailed beyond either the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. The society’s charter included a provision for the establishment of a “cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities,” which is what we today would call a museum.