From revered museums to lesser known, more intimate galleries, Boston certainly houses an impressive collection of art. Whether you are looking for a stroll along Newbury Street or see some of the hautest exhibits that come to town, we have it all. Here’s a look at five places to get your inner art on.
1 The Institute of Contemporary Art
From paintings and sculptures to the art of dancing, photography and everything in between, The Institute of Contemporary Art, or ICA as it is known to locals, hosts one of the best rotating collection of art exhibits in town. What makes this spot so special is that it gives emerging artists a first-chance opportunity to showcase their work. They do this by introducing them to a solo museum show where they can display their talents on a large scale.
25 Harbor Shore Drive Boston, MA 02210
2 Museum of Fine ArtsMuseum of Fine Arts
There is no bigger, more impressive collection of art than the one found at the Museum of Fine Arts. The MFA opened in 1876 with 5,600 works of art; today they have more than 500,000 pieces ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary pieces. Here, you can see some of the most revered works of art (think Renoir and Monet) that are on display when they travel to town.
465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
3 Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum
You won't find a more beautiful setting to view some exclusive works of art than the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. There is a performance hall that hosts traditional and contemporary music, an exhibition space that features both historical and contemporary work, and a flowering courtyard where you can escape for quiet reflection. There is a collection of permanent exhibits along with new works of art and rotating galleries.
25 Evans Way Boston, MA 02115
4 Robert Klein GalleryRobert Klein Gallery
This beautiful art gallery located on the fourth floor high above Newbury Street shines with its internationally known collection of fine art photography. At this Back Bay gallery, you will find beautiful pieces like this one by Stephen Wilkes of the Coney Island Boardwalk in New York City (from the series Day to Night), 2011. There is a second gallery location in the South End.
38 Newbury Street #402 Boston, MA 02116
5 Barbara Krakow GalleryBarbara Krakow Gallery
Also located on Newbury Street (this one is at the beginning near the Public Garden) is Barbara Krakow's gallery. The intimate collection features wall installations from artists like Christopher Wool and Kate Shepherd. The focus here is on minimalist and conceptually driven works of art. When visiting, keep in mind the gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
10 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02115