Best Art Museums You Need to Visit While in Boston, Massachusetts

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA. Photo by Hanyang Zhang on Unsplash

Want to see some art while in Boston, Massachusetts? Then you’re in luck. The city has plenty of art museums with amazing collections that you’ll enjoy exploring. Here are some of the best.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is famous for the heist that took place in 1990 and saw several of its most prized pieces, including Johannes Vermeer’s painting The Concert, stolen. While the stolen artworks were never recovered, the museum still has plenty to offer to its visitors, including paintings and sculptures from famous artists, as well as tapestries and decorative arts.

Museum of Fine Art

The Museum of Fine Art is really an astonishing place. It is the 20th largest art museum in the world and houses more than 450,000 artworks, including one of the most comprehensive collections of American art in the world. Some of the highlights include John Singleton Copley’s “Watson and the Shark,” Thomas Sully’s “The Passage of the Delaware,” and Rembrandt’s “The Artist in His Studio.”

Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art acts like both an art museum and an exhibition space. Its collection is focused on emerging national and international artists. However, the institution also welcomes temporary exhibitions from influential and famous names in contemporary art.