Isabella Stewart Gardner Museumwww.gardnermuseum.org
280 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
This decorative art museum, modeled after a 15th-century Venetian Palazzo, is a work of art in itself. Ramble idly through the indoor courtyard’s arches—or better yet—catch the Sunday concert series played right in the garden.
Photo courtesy of Clement and Howcroft
Museum of Fine Artswww.mfa.org
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
One of the finest museums in the country, both in the quality of the collection
and the integrity of the space. Its specialty is Japanese art, housing the largest assortment outside of Japan and also a fantastic Karesansui-style garden open
from spring to fall.
Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Decordova Sculpture Park and Museumwww.decordova.org
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
It’s worth the 30-minute trip to see 35 acres of rolling hills filled with modern sculptures (keep an eye out for the double hearts). If you’re up for it swing by neighboring Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden.
Jim Dine, Two Big Black Hearts, 1985
Photo courtesy of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
460 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Gurari Collections explores the relationship between art, science and invention, showing everything from antique maps and watercolors to cast iron candelabras.
Photo courtesy of Gurari Collections
T.T. The Bear’s Placewww.ttthebears.com
10 Brookline Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
The cozy size and strong bass at T.T. the Bear’s make for a fun night out. It’s known to feature on-the-verge bands before they go big — Nirvana, anyone?
Photo courtesy of T.T. The Bear’s Place