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The Center for Arabic Culture [CAC] is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating Arabic language, culture, art, history, and Arab-American cultural experience. We offer adult education courses, youth enrichment programs and language programs.

191 Highland Ave
Somerville,
MA
US

Cambridge Historical Tours unearths nearly 400 years of history during informative jaunts that cast light on the area's captivating, funny, and sometimes gory past. Sheathed in authentic puritan attire, guides lead groups on 75-minute treks back in time, fusing wholesome doses of humor with laboriously researched facts. Guests take in the historic landmark Memorial Hall on the campus of Harvard University, and absorb the eerie ambiance of the Cambridge Burial Ground, where many of Harvard's early presidents are buried. The tour reveals such sights as the picturesque Longfellow House, which was seized in 1775 to become George Washington's quarters, presumably so he could practice his putting game on the property's lush lawns.

4 Brattle St
Cambridge,
MA
US

To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.

15 Lansdowne St
Boston,
MA
US

Music connoisseurs and building buffs regard Symphony Hall as one of the finest concert halls in the world. Sixteen replicas of Greek and Roman statues line the walls, and its airy space lends a majestic resonance to each string pluck and unexpected sneeze. Opened in 1900, Symphony Hall was the first auditorium designed in accordance with scientifically derived acoustic principle, sloping inward to help focus the sound of the orchestra's stirring string renditions.

301 Massachusetts Ave
Boston,
MA
US

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been a bastion of art and culture since it was founded in 1903. The building, inspired by and designed after a 15th-century Venetian palace, contains three floors of galleries surrounding a garden courtyard that remains verdant with plant life from the dawn of spring through the darkest, most subatomic depths of winter. Gardner, who founded the museum, spent her life curating and encouraging the art collection, which contains more than 2,500 objects, including paintings, sculpture, textiles, illuminated manuscripts, and rare books lifted everywhere from ancient Rome to 19th-century France. While visiting this citadel of scintillating visions, witness landscapes by Whistler, Renaissance-era Flemish tapestries, and religious wood sculptures from 16th-century Germany. Exhibitions provide specific, detailed glimpses into varied subject matter; an exhibit on terracotta sculpture of the Italian Renaissance runs until May 23.

2 Palace Rd
Boston,
MA
US

_". . . 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.


Museum Overview

Tours (Held Every 30 Minutes)

  • Old State House Tour: Relive the first days of the American Revolution
  • Boston Massacre Tour: Learn about the events leading to this tragedy and explore the actual site
  • Daily-Changing Tours: Delve into special topics such as revolutionary women and the politics of fashion

Artifacts

  • John Hancock?s red velvet coat
  • Tea salvaged from the Boston Tea Party
  • Muskets from the Revolutionary War

Other Things to Do

  • Visit the newly-restored 1764 Council Chamber and the Royal Governor?s Chair

Historical Timeline

  • 1713: Old State House is built
  • 1770: The Boston Massacre occurs outside the building
  • 1776:The Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony
  • 1780?1798: It becomes the first Massachusetts State House
  • 1798?1881: A bunch of other stuff happens
  • 1881: The Bostonian Society is founded to preserve the building

Boston's Freedom Trail

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.

206 Washington Street
Boston,
MA
US