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2014 BEST Museum
Photograph by Alex Lau

Museum of Fine Arts


We love underdogs, but lately the MFA has reminded us why it’s the establishment. It has earned its bona fides with shows of trippy hippie fashion, action-packed samurai armor, John Singer Sargent watercolors, and a thematic exploration of the color… read more»

2011 BEST Museum, Art

Museum of Fine Arts


Boston’s foremost art museum has it all: mummies and amphorae, French impressionists, and abstract expressionists. The jaw-dropping highlight, however, is the Arts of the Americas Wing, opened in fall 2010, which has taken many pieces formerly displayed in dark basement… read more»

1996 BEST Museum, Exhibit for Kids

“Investigate” at the Museum of Science


Kids can’t help acting like young Galileos when they’re encouraged to conduct cool experiments with gizmos that simulate lie-detectors or to dig in the sand like archeologists for pre-Columbian garbage. read more»

1996 BEST Museum, Software for Kids

The Computer Museum


Now you can double-click before you buy. On June 29, this museum opened a wonderful gallery that houses 14 terminals, all of which have access to 50 unabridged CD-ROM titles for children, plus plenty of additional recommendations. Families can peruse… read more»

1992 BEST Museum, Store

The Museum of Fine Arts


Perhaps the only gift shop that truly has something for everyone. Quality and taste at prices that won’t leave you gasping. Become a museum member and get 10 percent off. read more»

1989 BEST Museum, Show

“Goya and the Spirit of the Enlightenment”


One hundred thirty of the artist’s most painterly paintings, drawings, and prints revealed a Goya we hardly knew and couldn’t help but admire. read more»

1989 BEST Museum, Shop

Museum of Fine Arts


Old Yankee ladies don’t die—they just go to work at the MFA gift shop. The annual sale is as close as you’ll ever get to a WASP buying frenzy. read more»

1988 BEST Museum, Show

Je suis le cahier, Picasso’s Sketchbooks


If you missed it, you missed a rare chance to see the master’s movement from idea to art, as well as, of course, Picasso’s undying appreciation of the female form—or, if you believe Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington’s hot new biography, Picasso’s… read more»

1988 BEST Museum, Comeback

The Evans Wing


It took four years and $11.5 million, but the Evans Wing is back and packed with 700 fine European and American paintings, including works of such masters as Renoir, Monet, Picasso, O’Keeffe, and Pollock. read more»

1987 BEST Museum, Show

Elizabeth Murray


The 10-year retrospective of New York artist Elizabeth Murray at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge. The paintings were there, the drawings at the MFA. Murray kicked off her career at the Whitney and has been represented… read more»