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Massachusetts has the richest collection of fine arts museums in New England. You'll find them in Boston, the Berkshire Hills, Cape Cod, Springfield, Worcester and many other cities and towns.


Greater Boston

Anyone interested in fine art has heard about Boston's splendid Museum of Fine Arts, and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, but the Harvard Art Museums are equally impressive, and there are dozens of smaller museums in the metropolitan area, most easily reachable by public transportation. More...

North Shore

North of Boston are the colonial and Early American mercantile ports that gave America its first millionaires, and received exquisite art works out of ships returning from their Asian voyages. Salem's renowned Peabody-Essex Museum has a astonishing 1.8 million works, and Phillips Academy's Addison Gallery of American Art is among the finest American art collections in the country. And that's not all the North Shore has to offer. More...

South Shore & Cape Cod

Cape Cod has always attracted artists. Provincetown is the best known and most highly-regarded artists' colony, but the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis is also fine. Plymouth and Duxbury have collections of note as well. More...


In the 19th century, Worcester was an industrial powerhouse, producing wealth that often was spent on culture. The Worcester Art Museum has surprising collections of art from the Americas, Europe ancient and modern, China, Japan, Korea, and India, as well as of Pre-Columbian and Islamic art. More...

Pioneer Valley

The Connecticut River valley of central Massachusetts, known as the Pioneer Valley, holds numerous renowned colleges and universities, some with fine arts museums, and the city of Springfield has several fine art museums clustered right in its center. More...

Berkshire Hills

Summer colonies of artists and cognoscenti from Boston and New York assured that some towns in the Berkshire Hills have rich collections of art, from Chesterwood, the studio of famed sculptor Daniel Chester French, through the traditional Americana of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge to the avant-garde of North Adams's Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. and the gem of the Berkshires, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. More...

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

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