Boston City Guide

A cosmopolitan city on America's East Coast for art, history, and culture, Boston crowns number one. Get to know the upbringings that shaped the city from Harvard to MIT or the Boston Athenaeum as a living relic. Then when all is read, said and done, stop by Newbury street for dinner, drinks and respite…


GARDENS

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

A legacy for art and avant-garde idealist, Isabella Stewart elevated the meaning of ‘exposition’ by curating a collection of installations from diverse cultures and eras, inspired by her own travels to the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. The Venetian-styled architecture and centered view of the garden courtyard accentuate its artistic and distinct origins.


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115


gardnermuseum.org

@gardnermuseum


deCordova Sculpture Park

Where art meets nature. Lavish green fields overlooking Flint’s quiet pond, deCordova interprets modern and contemporary sculpture from the lens of emerging New England artists and photographers. Walk through animated arts in their featured works, from rotating exhibitions to innovative programming.


deCordova Sculpture Park, 200 High Street, Boston, MA 02110


thetrustees.org

@decordova_museum


UNIVERSITY SIGHTS

Harvard Art Museums

This museum flaunts an array of Italian early Renaissance paintings, Chinese Buddhist sculptures, ancient Greek vessels, and works on paper from Islamic lands and India. A modest Beaux-arts building, with a ravishing Calderwood courtyard and a glass, truncated pyramidal roof, Harvard Art forges a connection between historical and contemporary architecture.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


harvardartmuseum.org

@harvardartmuseums


MIT Museum

Located at Boston’s prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the MIT museum bridges the nexus of art, science, and technology. Arthur Ganson, an MIT artist-in-residence specializing in whimsical and philosophical-like kinetic sculpture, is a representative for one of the institution's longest running exhibitions. Marvel at old and new science discoveries, whether you are a techie or science novice.


MIT Museum, Gambrill Center, 314 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142


mitmuseum.mit.edu

@mitmuseum


Boston Athenaeum

Boston Athenaeum is a Brahmin-rooted library that hits the mark for bookworms and antiquarians. Inside, reading rooms are packed with marvelous collections from luminaries like George Washington’s private library and King’s Chapel library. Come to read or simply browse through old arts and antiques like marble busts, porcelain vases, and oil paintings.


Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108


bostonathenaeum.org

@bostonathenaeum


Boston African American National Historic Site

American notions of freedom and civic values are celebrated here in full. Once housing 19th century African American communities, this historical site breaks the story of unfaithful promises in national liberty and the tearful underground escapes that haunt the area.


Boston African American National Historic Site, 15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109


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@boafnps


DRINKS

The Street Bar


At the well-heeled ‘The Newbury Boston’ hotel, the Street Bar is a place for relaxing libations. Made with passion and local spirits, their classic cocktails are a must-try. For a longer post-work stay, partake in a well-earned white and rosé or cocktail. Call it a night after some good sips and discourse.


The Street Bar, One Newbury Steet, Boston, MA 02116


thenewburyboston.com

@thenewburyboston


Faccia Brutta


Situated along the Newbury Street that runs east-west in the Back Bay area, this Italian-inspired restaurant promises coastal delights from the fresh markets of Boston: a half dozen crudos, spice crusted swordfish, and organic Italian wine.


Faccia Brutta, 278 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116


facciaafacciaboston.com

@facciabruttamtl


STAY

The Whitney Hotel

On the banks of Charles River, this hotel is a tranquil haven away from the urban hubbub. Boston vibes are brought through in its townhouse-styled architect coated in red bricks, juxtaposing the interior of rooms detailing urban, modern, and chic. Be sure to savor a meal at their in-house restaurant, Peregrine, serving up local produce with a Mediterranean twist.


The Whitney Hotel, 170 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114


whitneyhotelboston.com

@whitneyhotelboston


Fairmont Copley Plaza

Modern meets tradition at Boston’s grand dame. Elegance and charm speak in hues of blue and plum, marble tubs, and a sprawling red carpet entrance. Just steps away from the boutiques of Newbury Street an easy locale to splurge on local and designer fashion finds.


Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02116


fairmont-copley-plaza.com

@fairmontcopley

 

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