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2017 Best Museum

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston
A venerable palace of classic works, the MFA upped its contemporary game last fall with #mfaNOW, a celebration of modern art that presented the unique […] read more»
2016 Best Museum

The Institute of Contemporary Art

Boston
Where else can you spend date night dancing to live DJs, eating oysters on the harbor, and checking out a Shepard Fairey original? With some […] read more»
2016 Best Museum, Family-Friendly

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem
As any kid might confess, museums can often be dull. Not this one. Younger visitors might push one of Theo Jansen’s kinetic Strandbeest sculptures across the […] read more»
2015 Best Museum

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston
On the strength of its individual exhibits alone—notably the vast Goya retrospective and Shinique Smith’s exuberant showcase—the Museum of Fine Arts is a formidable contender […] read more»
2015 Best Museum, Family-Friendly

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Lincoln
At this 30-acre outdoor sculpture garden, kids can touch, and, in some cases, interact with the mega-scaled artwork, such as Paul Matissse’s Musical Fence, a […] read more»
2015 Best Museum, North

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem
The key to the PEM’s brilliance is its diversity. In the past year alone, it put on exhibits from titans such as Alexander Calder and […] read more»
2015 Best Museum, West

Rose Art Museum

Waltham
Six years ago, Brandeis University feared the recession would shutter its art museum. Thankfully, a public outcry and powerful art collectors reversed that plan, and […] read more»
2015 Best Museum, South

Fuller Craft Museum

Brockton
Don’t let the name fool you: This Brockton institution isn’t a musty warehouse of old quilts and wooden shoes. It’s instead a showcase for contemporary […] read more»
2014 Best Museum

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston
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 […] read more»
2011 Best Museum, Art

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston
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 […] read more»
1996 Best Museum, Exhibit for Kids

“Investigate” at the Museum of Science

Boston
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 […] read more»
1996 Best Museum, Software for Kids

The Computer Museum

Boston
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 […] read more»
1992 Best Museum, Store

The Museum of Fine Arts

Boston
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 […] read more»
1989 Best Museum, Show

“Goya and the Spirit of the Enlightenment”

Boston
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»