What are the best Boston museums?

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Boston's museum scene is small but impressive. The Museum of Fine Arts features beautiful impressionist paintings (many collected by prescient Bostonians a century ago) and one of the world's preeminent collections of Asiatic art. Modernists will love the Institute of Contemporary Art, which opened in 2006 and is the city's first contemporary art museum. Its glass and steel structure is as much of a site to see as its artwork displays, so even if you don't have time to pop in, you should try walking by its waterfront location. For a good old Boston history lesson, head over to the Old State House/Site of the Boston Massacre. With two floors of hands-on exhibits and galleries, a trip to the Old State House proves America's colonial history is far more interesting than your ninth grade history teacher made it seem. Finally, you'll find a small intimate collection of art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Boston Children’s Museum: Located by the Boston Harbor, this museum offers children of all ages a wide variety of interactive entertainment and attractions.

Museum of Fine Arts: Located just minutes from the hotel is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, encompassing over 450,000 works ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary. The Art of the Americas wing and Linde Family Wing, which is devoted to contemporary art and was designed by I.M. Pei, are two new additions to this remarkable museum.

Institute of Contemporary Art: Located on Fan Pier in the Seaport District, this waterfront museum is devoted exclusively to the presentation of contemporary art.

Museum of Science: Where experience comes alive with exciting exhibits and interactive attractions. The museum features New England’s only domed IMAX Theater and the Hayden Planetarium.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Opening anew in January 2012, this renowned museum features art and sculpture collections ranging from European, American and Asian to Islamic, and spans more than thirty centuries.

Jonathan Nicholson

The best Boston museums are the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and Museum of Science.

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