The MFA features 450,000 works of art that range from Egyptian artifacts to contemporary masterworks. The latter category is spotlighted in a gallery designed by famed architect I. M. Pei. Works by Andy Warhol, Anne Truitt, and Mark Bradford are arranged in chronological order beneath a stunning glass ceiling.
The walking expeditions of Art Tours Boston shepherd art-lovers and curious newcomers to galleries along Newbury Street or in the buzzing former mill buildings of the South End. Their leaders are professional artists, curators, and professors, and they're armed with enough knowledge that these local tours double as a survey of the vast arena of traditional, modern and contemporary art. As they travel from spot to spot perfecting their thoughtful head tilt, tour guests find opportunities to meet artists, discuss paintings, photography, and sculpture, and chat with art dealers.
Head to Boston Chowda Co. for a hot bowl of soup. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Free wifi is available as well. The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
You won't be able to make a reservation at Boston Chowda Co. — make sure to plan accordingly. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use. If you're not in the mood to drive, hop on public transportation instead; nearby stops include Prudential Station (Green), Hynes Convention Center Station (Green), and Copley Station (Green).
With prices below $15 per person, you can eat at Boston Chowda Co. as often as you like! Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Boston Chowda Co. since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The tiny Fairy Shop is an anomaly on trendy Newbury Street: it’s not a salon, a high-end clothing boutique or an upscale café. In fact, it’s about as far from trendy as can be. The first clue might be the “Reward: Missing Unicorn” sign posted on the fence outside, or maybe it’s the tiny fairy door installed in the main door to the cutesy shop. This, if anything, is the place to find unicorn stuffed animals, bottled fairy dust, Alice in Wonderland books and endless other trinkets and charms that evoke the magical and science fiction worlds. T-shirts, jewelry and a variety of gifts feature themes from fairies and gnomes to Dr. Who and Star Wars, all wrapped in colorful décor that adds to the whimsy. Even those who don’t often indulge in mystical realms find it impossible to not be charmed by the unusual store.
It's hard to believe Isabella Stewart Gardner passed away more than 90 years ago. Her spirit is still very much present within the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where the entirety of her collection?more than 30 centuries worth of artwork?remains on permanent display. Ms. Gardner thought that a walk through the museum should be a kind of artwork in itself, which is why she placed the paintings, sculptures, and other objects in ways that would give them new meaning for visitors.