Must-see attractions in Massachusetts

  • Gibson House Museum

    Back Bay

    Catherine Hammond Gibson was considered quite the pioneer when she moved to this Italian Renaissance row house in 1860 (that she was a female homeowner in…

  • Christ Church

    Cambridge

    Cambridge’s oldest church was designed in 1761 by America’s first formally trained architect, Peter Harrison (who also designed King’s Chapel in Boston)…

  • Veterans Beach

    Cape Cod

    The closest beach to Hyannis' Main St, Veterans Beach is a favorite with families thanks to the playground facilities, picnic tables and shallow waters…

  • Massachusetts Hall

    Cambridge

    On the south side of Johnston Gate, Massachusetts Hall is the oldest building on the Harvard campus, dating from 1720. Originally it was a dormitory…

  • Berkshire Museum

    The Berkshires

    This museum hosts some worthwhile temporary exhibitions and also displays a rotating permanent collection of international artworks and artifacts, many of…

  • Mission House

    The Berkshires

    Swing by this classic 1739 Colonial home, a National Historic Landmark, if just to view it from the outside. It was home to John Sergeant, the first…

  • Midway Gallery

    Boston

    Fort Point is no longer the gritty, offbeat artists' enclave it once was, but there is still a flourishing artistic community here – which you will find…

  • University of Massachusetts

    Pioneer Valley

    The enormous University of Massachusetts at Amherst illustrates the distinction between public and private higher education in the US. Founded in 1863 as…

  • Christian Science Church

    Back Bay

    Known to adherents as the ‘Mother Church,’ this is the international home base for the Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science), founded by Mary…

  • Captain Bangs Hallett House

    Cape Cod

    The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth maintains this 1840 Greek Revival house, once home to a prosperous sea captain who made his fortune sailing to…

  • Brewster Store

    Cape Cod

    The Brewster Store, in the heart of town, is a sight in itself. The old-fashioned country store opened in 1866, and it's barely changed since: penny candy…

  • Field Gallery & Sculpture Garden

    Martha's Vineyard

    You can't miss the Field Gallery, a field of large white sculptures by local artist and gallery founder Tom Maley (1911–2000) that playfully pose while…

  • Lyman Conservatory

    Pioneer Valley

    Visitors are welcome to explore Smith College's collection of Victorian greenhouses, set opposite Paradise Pond, which are packed to the brim with odd…

  • Aquinnah Cultural Center

    Martha's Vineyard

    A short walk from the Gay Head Cliffs is a lovingly preserved historic house that contains a museum dedicated to the culture and history of the Wampanoag…

  • Tyringham Gingerbread House

    The Berkshires

    This architectural fantasy was designed at the beginning of the 20th century by sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson, whose best-known work – a statue of Captain…

  • North End Branch Library

    Boston

    This local library contains an impressive plaster model of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice. The model was built in the early 20th century by a local artist…

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    This house is where the philosopher lived for almost 50 years until 1882. Emerson was the paterfamilias of literary Concord, one of the great literary…

  • Hoxie House

    Cape Cod

    Get a feel for what life was like for early settlers by touring Hoxie House, the oldest house on Cape Cod (c 1640). The saltbox-style house has been…

  • Springfield Science Museum

    Pioneer Valley

    This museum possesses a respectable, if slightly outdated, range of natural history and science exhibits. The Dinosaur Hall has a full-size replica of a…

  • Kalmus Beach

    Cape Cod

    You'll find plenty of space in which to lay your towel on wide Kalmus Beach, at the south end of Ocean St in Hyannis. Thanks to its steady breezes, it's a…

  • Guild of Boston Artists

    Back Bay

    This is a long-standing artistic cooperative, dating to 1914. Due to its emphasis on representational painting and sculpture, it's a bit stodgy compared…

  • Harvard Hall

    Cambridge

    On the north side of Johnston Gate, Harvard Hall is one of the two oldest buildings on campus, dating to 1766. (The other is Massachusetts Hall, directly…

  • Rock Harbor

    Cape Cod

    A favorite spot for sunset-watchers, this scenic inlet on the bay has docks and a small fishing fleet, plus a few summertime charter boats offering…

  • Langone Park

    Boston

    Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, this peaceful waterside park belies the history of this site: in 1919, a huge distillery tank burst, sending forth a…

  • Bunker Hill Museum

    Charlestown

    Opposite the Bunker Hill Monument, this redbrick museum contains two floors of exhibits, including historical dioramas, a few artifacts and an impressive…

  • Narrowest House

    Boston

    Across the street from Copp's Hill Burying Ground, this is Boston’s narrowest house, measuring a whopping 9.5ft wide. Sometimes called a ‘spite house,’…

  • Menauhant Beach

    Cape Cod

    For a great beach on Falmouth's sound side, head to Menauhant Beach, off Central Ave from MA 28. It's Falmouth's longest beach, divided into an east side…

  • Cape Cod Museum of Art

    Cape Cod

    This inspiring museum preserves and celebrates the art of the Cape and Islands. Its collections primarily (but not exclusively) focus on work inspired by…

  • Brewster Historical Society Museum

    Cape Cod

    Brewster's active historical society has moved its impressive collection of local artifacts to the restored 1799 Captain Elijah Cobb House. Visit to see a…

  • Central Burying Ground

    Beacon Hill & Boston Common

    The Central Burying Ground is one of the city's oldest cemeteries, but it was a less prestigious resting place, used for Catholics, outsiders and British…

  • Sea Street Beach

    Cape Cod

    Harwich has fine beaches, although many of them restrict parking to residents. But fret not: to get to one of the prettiest, park your car for free at the…

  • Copley Society of Art

    Back Bay

    Dating to 1879, CoSo is the country's oldest nonprofit art association, with more than 500 members. The showings in the three exhibit spaces are rich and…

  • Williams College

    The Berkshires

    Here is the Berkshires' quintessential college campus, with wide green lawns and graceful academic architecture, surrounded by a sleepy town and the…

  • Scargo Tower

    Cape Cod

    Built in 1902 on the highest spot in the area – 120ft above sea level – this 38-step, stone tower rising above Scargo Lake gives you grand views of Cape…

  • Motif No 1

    Massachusetts

    The red fishing shack decorated with colorful buoys is known as Motif No 1, since it has been captured by so many artists for so many years. (Actually, it…

  • Back Bay Fens

    Kenmore Square & Fenway

    The Back Bay Fens, or the Fenway, follows the Muddy River, an aptly named creek that is choked with tall reeds. The Fens features well-cared-for community…

  • FP3 Gallery

    Boston

    Located in a renovated warehouse, this gallery is part of the Fort Point Arts Community. At FP3 you will find solo shows by some of the most prominent…

  • Mayflower Society Museum

    South Shore

    The offices of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants are housed in the magnificent 1754 house of Edward Winslow, the great-grandson of Plymouth…

  • Eisenhauer Gallery

    Martha's Vineyard

    Gallery hoppers will want to make time to visit the Eisenhauer Gallery, which represents over 40 artists and is considered one of the best on the island…

More destinations you need to see