Best of Boston

Best Museum

2021 Best Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem
For any Bostonian in search of beauty during a year of social isolation, the PEM’s fresh, eclectic slate of programming was well worth the trip [...] read more»
2019 Best Museum

Institute of Contemporary Art

Boston
The ICA is on a run that would be the envy of any museum: In the past year alone, it hosted a range of dynamic [...] read more»
2018 Best Museum

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston
With its late-night programming, new contemporary exhibits (the recent blockbuster Takashi Murakami show), and a thriving social media presence, the MFA has been making a [...] read more»
2017 Best Museum, Family-Friendly

Museum of Science

Boston
We all want our kids to like STEM education, but this museum makes it downright irresistible: Enjoy story time for preschoolers featuring live animals, lightning [...] read more»
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»