Boston Objects


A 19th-Century Apothecary Kit

See it at Massachusetts General Hospital.


See This Pilgrim Beer Tankard in Plymouth

Pay tribute to our Puritanical ancestors by raising a tankard of ale.


The Questionable Legacy of Judge John Hathorne

Ponder the questionable legacy of Judge John Hathorne at his burial site in Salem.


Built to Last: A Charles P. Holden Job Backer

Still used today at the Boston Athenaeum.


John F. Kennedy Had a Thing for Scrimshaw

He kept this one on his desk.


The Forbes Pigment Collection at Harvard Art Museums

How to spot a fake, the Harvard way.


Crossed Swords from the Battle of Bunker Hill

These crossed swords tell a story of reconciliation.

Arts & Entertainment

‘Glass Flowers’ Exhibit Reopens at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Where spring blooms eternally.

A marathon medal.

A Medal from the First Boston Marathon Race in 1897

Check out a medal from the inaugural race.


Four Historic Red Sox Artifacts You Can See at Fenway Park

It’s hard to appreciate the history  in Fenway Park when you’re barreling through the crowds with a beer in one hand and a sausage in […]


You Can See Martin Luther King Jr.’s Briefcase at BU

It’s very worn from all his travels.


The History of Boston in Objects

A visual history, from the ­Puritans to the Combat Zone.