Rows upon rows of gleaming vehicles of all makes and models power-slide into the spacious floor of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for the New England International Auto Show's five days. The newest model of imported and domestic cars, vans, trucks, and hybrid zeppelins thunder into the center's 516,000 square feet of exhibition area, escorted by factory and dealer representatives that spout off information about the rides. While wandering the floor, motorists can compare prices and inspect the cars for the desired number of cup holders and engines. Drivers can climb into the helm of the angular Lamborghini Aventador, measure the cargo capacity of a GMC Sierra 2500HD SLE, or slip a 2012 MINI Roadster into their pockets while no one's looking. Free WiFi and uninterrupted cellular service permeate the convention center for each visitor's convenience.
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.
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.
Unlike many nightlife hotspots, The Urban Art Bar does not feature dimmed lights and loud music. Instead, the brand new 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?painting. At the head of the room sits one of a team of resident artists, each a local professional, who leads each gathering in the step-by-step re-creation of a particular painting. 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.
The giant screen – 65’ high by 85’ wide – is taller than a six story building! The slight curvature of the screen extends to the edge of your peripheral vision. The lamps that project the crystal clear images onto the gigantic screen get as bright and as hot as the surface of the sun! So hot, in fact, that cold water must b
_". . . then and there the child Independence was born."_ ?John Adams, after hearing James Otis argue against the _Writs of Assistance_ at the Old State House in 1761
The Old State House is a history book of a building. Within its walls, American revolutionaries gave birth to a new nation. RevolutionaryBoston?the museum that now occupies the building?tells their stories.
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The Old State House occupies a spot along Boston's Freedom Trail: Two-and-a-half miles dotted with 16 different historical sites. Follow the brick-lined path to other destinations, such as the USS Constitution in the Boston Navy Yard.