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BOSTON’S BEST MUSEUMS

Nine Zero is close to Boston’s top museums

For more than two centuries, Boston has been building on its reputation as the Athens of America, a nickname bestowed upon the city in the 19th century. The time has been well spent. Today, Boston’s museums shine with world-class art from classic to contemporary. In many cases, even the buildings are works of art. Other museums engage our interest in the rebellious Tea Party, the charismatic John F. Kennedy and the imagination of children.

Peruse our list below and plot your museum odyssey.

Institute of Contemporary Art

View work by leading and emerging contemporary artists and theater productions, as well as large-scale art at the seasonal ICA Watershed. Sip a Frozé at the summer pop-up bar.

617-478-3100

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Although the MFA’s grandiose neoclassical building houses more than half a million works of art from across the globe, the master works from the Americas are especially impressive.

617-267-9300

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Explore over 7,500 paintings, sculptures, textile and more, collected by the museum’s visionary founder. An ever-blooming courtyard displays its own art in the form of magnificent flowers.

617-566-1401

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Boston Children’s Museum

Play musical chairs that play tunes when you sit on them. Step into a replica of a century-old Japanese house. That’s just for starters in this hands-on hotbed of non-stop fun.

617-426-6500

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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

This multi-sensory experience takes you into the rebellious event that changed history. You can even board tea party ship replicas and throw tea into the same body of water that started it all.

617-338-1773

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Journey back to the 1960s to experience the life and legacy of our 35th President. Permanent exhibits include Young Jack, the First Lady and the U.S. Space Program.

617-514-1600

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