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DECORDOVA MUSEUM
51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773 · 781-259-8355
LINCOLN
 The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park are most interesting and should be visited while you are in Boston. The museum is located on the former estate of (and named after) a wealthy and cultured merchant who lived during the 1850’s. The museum features works of art from Cordova’s day as well as modern art. The sculpture park is set on 35 acres and features over 75 larger than life sculptures set amidst a natural, tranquil setting.

ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM OF ART
280 The Fenway, Boston, MA · 617-566-1401
FENWAY DISTRICT  This lovely art museum was first opened in 1903 by Isabella Stewart Gardner. The building is a grand old stone structure of three stories that centers around an interior courtyard filled with beautiful plants and flowers. The artwork in the museum consists of paintings, sculpture, antique furniture, silver, ceramics, and tapestries from about 30 different centuries. Ms. Gardner personally acquired many of the items seen in the museum today. Among other things, she loved the work of Dante and bought many of his rare edition books; she also admired rare Dutch and Italian paintings, which visitors can see scattered throughout the museum.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 · 617-267-9300
FENWAY DISTRICT
 Second largest art collection in the United States! Includes works of art by Dali, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and some famous large Turners. American art collection surpasses those of all but two or three other U.S. museums. An extensive collection of Asian and Indian art. European artwork from the 11th through the 20th centuries.

FOGG ART MUSEUM
32 Quincy St, At Quincy St and Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138 · 617-495-9400
CAMBRIDGE  This celebrated Harvard University art museum was founded in 1895 and features 80,000 works of art from every major period and every corner of the world. Although Fogg focuses on European works, it also has a notable collection of 19th century French Impressionist and medieval Italian paintings. Busch Reisinger Museum (in Werner Otto Hall) is accessible via the Fogg and features Germanic and central and northern European art. In addition, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, across the street, specializes in ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Islamic, Chinese, and other Eastern art.

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
955 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115 · 617-266-5152
BACK BAY
 Boston's lone outpost of the avant-garde attracts major modern artists while aggressively promoting lesser-known works. Innovative, sometimes controversial exhibits change every eight weeks. The museum also presents experimental theater, music, dance, and film.

HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138 · 617-495-3045
CAMBRIDGE
 This fascinating university museum houses a vast array of exhibits on things animal, vegetable, and mineral. The natural world is explored and detailed, and visitors can examine dinosaurs, fossils, gemstones, glass flower models, and displays about biological systems. You'll also get a good overview of the rise of regional cultures. Educational, informative displays make this a must-see museum, and a gift shop sells exhibit-related merchandise.

JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
Columbia Point, off Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125 · 617-514-1600
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS  Dedicated "to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world." The looming white structure, designed by I.M. Pei, overlooks Dorchester Bay. The museum/gallery contains exhibits tracing Kennedy's career from the campaign trail to his tragic death.

USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM
28 Constitution Rd, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129 · 617-242-1812
CHARLESTOWN  This museum relates the storied 200-year history of the USS Constitution, which was first launched in the late 18th century and is now recognized as the world's oldest commissioned warship. During her years at sea, the Constitution saw conflict with pirates and experienced victories during the War of 1812. Museum attractions include a documentary, hands-on exhibits, interactive programs, artworks, and historic artifacts.

BEAN TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL
Boston, MA · 888-733-2678

Disc Jockey Greg Sarni started this festival in 1996. Performances are free and feature many talented jazz musicians, including The Love Dogs, The Jones Brothers, and Johnny and The East Coast Rockers. Many establishments that support the two-day jazz fest will offer discounts to customers sporting the Bean Town Jazz Festival Buttons. Usually held the last weekend in September.

BOSTON GLOBE JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL
Boston, MA · 617-228-6000
The Jazz and Blues Festival produced by the Boston Globe is as good as it gets. The mix of world class music and energetic crowds combine to put Boston in the Spotlight. Various locations host the events that are part of this festival, and numerous events are held throughout the week. Held third week in June. Check the paper for schedules.

BOSTON MARATHON
One Ash St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 · 508-435-6905
HOPKINTON
 Adrenaline is pumping throughout the streets of Boston on the third Monday of April. Thousands line up to begin the 26.2-mile physical challenge called the Boston Marathon. From Hopkinton to Boston's Copley Square, runners line up to conquer their goal, which is ultimately to reach the finish line of the oldest marathon in the world.

HARVARD SQUARE OKTOBERFEST
Cambridge, Massachusetts
CAMBRIDGE  Food, beer, live entertainment, and shopping equal fun during this lively German festival. Clowns, rides, and face painting entertain children. Adults enjoy tasting foods and beers from around the world. Numerous vendors set up shop along the streets for those looking to go home with a memento. Multiple musical concerts are provided along the square. There is something for everyone during this popular local event.

NEW ENGLAND SPRING FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW
Bayside Expo Center, USA · 617-933-4900
Take time to stop and smell the roses at this magnificent event sponsored by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. This event has occurred for over one hundred years and has always presented five acres of carefully manicured gardens. Some of the artistic floral displays match a named theme and compete for special awards. Award-winning or not, all of the displays are worth a visit. Event takes place in mid-March.

BOSTON'S FOURTH OF JULY
Storrow Dr, Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA 02114
HATCH SHELL  Independence Day has never been celebrated as it is in Boston. Nearly half a million people gather each year to enjoy a concert performed by the famous Boston Pops Orchestra. The evening ends with a bang as cannons are shot, bells are rung, and the perfectly choreographed fireworks and music display (called a "pyromusical") lights up the sky and entertains the crowd.

INTERNATIONAL POSTER GALLERY
205 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116 · 617-375-0076
BACK BAY  This wonderful gallery is filled with more than 10,000 vintage posters – primarily from France, Italy, and the US. Subject matter includes animals, art, travel, sports, music, automobiles, film, and wartime efforts. The friendly, knowledgeable staff are happy to field questions.

AUTUMN ON OLD CAPE COD
DAY TOUR Autumn is a special time on old Cape Cod. Summer's warmth still lingers, yet the multicolored splendor of New England's foliage offers a superb accent to the already beautiful vistas of the magical land south of Boston. Ride through Quincy, past the Adams Mansion and . . .



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