Museums in South Boston


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Domestics and imports. Cars, vans, and trucks. Economy vehicles and luxury super cars from the likes of Lamborghini and Maserati. Somehow, the organizers have managed to fit the entire world of automobiles into the New England International Auto Show—and just like fitting a whole burrito in your mouth, it required careful coordination to pull off. To make the event possible, more than 30 car manufacturers arrive from far and wide, filling the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with the latest models from names such as BMW, Ford, and Honda. Manufacturer representatives happily chat about their vehicles, and they encourage interactivity: sitting in the cars, popping the hood, even taking select models out for test drives. Attendees can also check out the "green scene", which showcases electric, hybrid, and fuel-efficient cars.
415 Summer Street
Boston,
MA
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It’s not often that a building is as cutting edge as what it houses, but that’s the case with Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Set on Boston Harbor, the 65,000-square-foot cantilevered structure boasts amazing views, perched as it is right at the water’s edge with its enormous glass windows. The museum, founded in 1936, has hosted exhibits by the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein over the years and, more recently, by artists such as Tara Donovan and Shepard Fairey. Since 2000, the museum has been building a permanent collection which rotates about once a year. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of multimedia art, videos, installations and performing arts programs.
100 Northern Avenue
Boston,
MA
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What makes it great: one of the country’s oldest firehouses; vintage firefighting gear; open Saturdays
344 Congress St
Boston,
MA
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The colorful, hands-on design of the Boston Children’s Museum encourages kids—and adults—to play, imagine, and experiment. A Raceways exhibit introduces the laws of motion using golf balls and crazy tracks, and a Bubbles exhibit lets visitors stretch and bend bubbles with different tools and surfaces. Art studios, climbing sculptures, and even a construction zone only add to the eclectic experience.
308 Congress St
Boston,
MA
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Shouts of “huzzah” ring out from the decks of a restored tea ship on the Boston Harbor, led by live actors costumed in waistcoats and tri-corner hats. Their triumphant shouts urge guests to take part in the events and acts of rebellion that helped spark the Revolutionary War. Inspired colonists meet Sam Adams who encourages guests to take place in a revolutionary act of resistance and throw tea into Boston harbor with the daring Sons of Liberty. In addition to the array of immersive, high-tech storytelling devices and ornate replicas—the restored wooden ships were constructed by the craftsmen behind the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World—the museum houses a novel artifact: an original tea chest recovered from the shores of Boston after the Tea Party, of which there are only two in existence.
306 Congress St
Boston,
MA
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Unlike many nightlife hotspots, The Urban Art Bar does not feature dimmed lights and loud music. Instead, the brand new South Boston studio's overhead lights provide ample light to see by and soft music fills the background to create an atmosphere catering to their patrons? true task?learning art in a variety of mediums. At the head of the room sits one of a team of resident artists, each a local professional, who leads each gathering step-by-step. The staff also provides all necessary materials, including paint, brushes, canvases, and smocks, which prevent paint from getting all over clothing when students joyously hug their finished product. To fuel this creativity fest, the Bar's brand new design provides wine, beer, cocktails, and food for patrons to sip on as they relax and explore their artistic side. With the mantra ?The Art Of???, the studio aims to represent art as an all-encompassing entity. In addition to painting on canvas, this includes music, health and wellness, mixology, wine and beer pairings, children?s series, senior citizen events, fashion, hair and makeup, reading, and board games.
163 Old Colony Ave
Boston,
MA
US
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