Mu­se­ums + At­trac­tions

March

Where Boston - - THE GUIDE -

Ad­mis­sion/Dis­count Passes

BANK OF AMER­ICA’S MU­SE­UMS ON US— Bank of Amer­ica of­fers card­hold­ers free ad­mis­sion to 150 par­tic­i­pat­ing cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions across the U.S., on the first full week­end (Sa-Su) of ev­ery month. Par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions may vary; there are cur­rently seven in Mas­sachusetts, three of which are in the Bos­ton area. www.banko­famer­ica.com/mu­se­ums MIT Mu­seum, 265 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Cam­bridge 617.253.5927. Map 3, F5; Mu­seum of Fine Arts, 465 Hunt­ing­ton Ave. 617.267.9300 Map 5, C5; 46 Joy St. 617.720.2991. Map 5, G3 CITYPASS— Save 43 per­cent off ad­mis­sion and skip lines at four par­tic­i­pat­ing sites. Valid for nine con­sec­u­tive days from first use March 1, 2017Feb. 28, 2018; pur­chase on­line or at each site. $55; $42 ages 3-11. www.citypass.com/bos­ton Har­vard Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory, 26 Ox­ford St., Cam­bridge. Map 3, B3; New Eng­land Aquar­ium. Map 5, I4; Mu­seum of Fine Arts, Bos­ton, 465 Hunt­ing­ton Ave.. Map 5, C5; Mu­seum of Science, 1 Science Park. Map 5, G1; Sky­walk Ob­ser­va­tory, 800 Boyl­ston St.. Map 5, D4; Bos­ton Har­bor Cruises, Long Wharf Map 5, H3; For in­for­ma­tion, call 208.787.4300 or 888.330.5008.

Brew­eries & Dis­til­leries

HARPOON BREW­ERY— Started in 1986, Harpoon holds Mas­sachusetts Brew­ery Per­mit No. 1, and has more than two decades cre­at­ing tra­di­tional beer styles with con­tem­po­rary flour­ish. In fact, one of the coun­try’s best craft IPAs is brewed right here. Take an hour­long tour and tast­ing to learn about Harpoon’s equip­ment, pro­cesses and beer va­ri­eties, and then stay awhile in the Beer Hall for a pint and a tasty hot pret­zel. Tours ($5): M-W noon-5 pm, Th-F noon-6 pm, Sa 11:20 am-6 pm, Su 11:30 am-5:30 pm. Beer Hall open Su-W 11 am-7 pm, Th-Sa 11 am-11 pm. www.har­poon­brew­ery.com 306 North­ern Ave., 617.456.2322. Map 5, J6 SA­MUEL ADAMS BREW­ERY— Bos­ton Beer Com­pany is a small craft brew­ery lo­cated in Bos­ton. You know them as the mak­ers of the Sam Adams fam­ily of beers. Founder Jim Koch got his start in his own kitchen, brew­ing from a well-worn fam­ily recipe, and ped­dling bot­tles from bar to bar. Suds en­thu­si­asts can stop in for a free, in­for­ma­tive hour­long brew­ery tour and sam­pling ses­sion. Tours M-Th and Sa 10 am-3 pm, F 10 am-5:30 pm. Sug­gested do­na­tion: $2, which ben­e­fits lo­cal char­i­ties. Shop hours M-Th 10 am-6 pm, F 10 am-6:30 pm, Sa 10 am-4 pm. www.samue­ladams.com 30 Ger­ma­nia St., Ja­maica Plain, 617.368.5080. Map 1, E2

City Sights

AFRICAN MEET­ING HOUSE— The old­est black church ed­i­fice still stand­ing in the U.S. has of­ten been re­ferred to as the black Fa­neuil Hall. Built in 1806 al­most ex­clu­sively with black la­bor, it served as a fo­rum for the Abo­li­tion­ist move­ment. Fred­er­ick Dou­glass gave his fa­mous an­ti­slav­ery speech at the site in 1860. To­day, it is owned by the Mu­seum of African Amer­i­can His­tory. Tours M-Sa 10 am-4 pm on the hour. Ad­mis­sion: $5. www.maah.org/site14.htm. 46 Joy St. 617.725.0022. Map 5, G3 CAP­TAIN JACK­SON’S HIS­TORIC CHOCO­LATE SHOP— His­tory buffs with a sweet tooth can stop into this in­ter­ac­tive liv­ing his­tory ex­hi­bi­tion lo­cated on the Old North Church’s cam­pus. The store in­ter­prets the his­tory of choco­late, fo­cus­ing on how it was made and con­sumed in Colo­nial Amer­ica. As for its name, Cap­tain Ne­wark Jack­son was the neigh­bor­hood’s pre­mier choco­latier dur­ing the 18th cen­tury. Demon­stra­tions abun­dant and tast­ing en­cour­aged! March 6-April 16 and Novem­ber, open F-Su 11 am-5 pm. www.old­north.com 21 Unity St. 617.523.4848 Map 5, I3 JOHN ADAMS COURT­HOUSE— Close by the Mas­sachusetts State House, this grand and his­toric, 19th-cen­tury build­ing op­er­ates to­day as the home base for Mas­sachusetts Supreme Ju­di­cial Court and con­tains the old­est law li­brary in the U.S. Vis­i­tors can take a tour or at­tend a court ses­sion, which are com­pletely open to the pub­lic. Le­gal his­tory dis­plays are on ex­hibit in the Great Hall, in­clud­ing “John Adams: Ar­chi­tect of Amer­i­can Gov­ern­ment” and “Sacco and Vanzetti: Jus­tice on Trial.” Open M-F 9 am-5 pm. www.mass.gov/courts/ court-info/court­houses. 1 Pem­ber­ton Square, 617.557.1000. Map 5, H3

LOUISBURG SQUARE— Pro­nounced “Lewis-berg,” this some­what dif­fi­cult to find, af­flu­ent Beacon Hill ad­dress has long been home to some of Bos­ton’s rich­est and most fa­mous res­i­dents—Louisa May Al­cott, Henry James, the Van­der­bilts, the Kennedys and Se­na­tor John Kerry among them. To­day, many of the Greek Re­vival row houses, erected in the 1830s, re­main sin­gle fam­ily homes and sur­round a pri­vate, gated green. Be­tween Pinck­ney and Mount Ver­non streets. Map 5, G3 NEW ENG­LAND AQUAR­IUM— Ex­plore the world’s waters from the Ama­zon rain for­est to Pa­cific reefs to the Gulf of Maine, and the crea­tures liv­ing there. Come see the Gi­ant Ocean Tank, a Caribbean co­ral reef en­vi­ron­ment boast­ing 2,000 sea crea­tures! Other main ex­hibits in­clude a shark and ray touch tank and a sea lion and seal cen­ter. Ad­mis­sion: $18.95-26.95, free un­der age 3. Open M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-6 pm. NEAq’s IMAX The­ater screens films daily; tick­ets: $7.95-9.95. www. neaq.org. 1 Cen­tral Wharf, 617.973.5200. Map 5, I4 NEW­BURY STREET— New­bury Street is a hot des­ti­na­tion for shop­pers. Part posh (the lower end of New­bury fea­tures lux­ury brand bou­tiques from Chanel to Valentino) and part hip (the up­per end of New­bury boasts in­de­pen­dently owned shops and in­ter­na­tional flag­ships stores) the spe­cial­ties here are as var­ied as the de­signer duds, leather goods, olive oils, graphic tees, and hand­bags. New­bury is also a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for eat­ing and peo­ple watch­ing. New­bury Street at Ar­ling­ton Street. Map 5, F4; New­bury Street at Mas­sachusetts Av­enue. Map 5, D4 SOWA— Deep in the South End lives SoWa, a por­tion of the col­or­ful, his­toric Bos­ton neigh­bor­hood that is, quite lit­er­ally, “south” of Wash­ing­ton Street. Its high con­cen­tra­tion of gal­leries, work­ing artist stu­dios and de­sign spa­ces built into re­stored mill build­ings make it a hot spot for cre­ative types search­ing out crafts, con­tem­po­rary and ex­per­i­men­tal art. Fre­quent, reg­u­lar events, like First Fri­days (col­lec­tive open stu­dios on the first Fri­day of each month) and SoWa Sun­days (a gather­ing of open-air mar­kets, from May through Oc­to­ber) are widely at­tended, and they’re free. www.sowa­boston.com 450-500 Har­ri­son Ave. THE NEW ENG­LAND HOLO­CAUST ME­MO­RIAL— A deeply meta­phoric land­mark, six lu­mi­nous, translu­cent glass tow­ers stand in tes­ta­ment to the weight of op­pres­sion. Evoca­tive of a meno­rah, the mon­u­ment re­calls the six main Nazi death camp chim­neys. Its tow­ers are etched with 6 mil­lion num­bers, pro­vid­ing a haunt­ing re­minder of the Jews who per­ished in the Holo­caust. Out­doors, open daily. www.nehm.org. Union Street near Fa­neuil Hall, 617.457.8755. H3 THE SAR­GENT MU­RALS AT THE BOS­TON PUB­LIC LI­BRARY— Tucked into a third-floor cham­ber within the mas­sive Bos­ton Pub­lic Li­brary is a stun­ning gilded dis­play of cre­ativ­ity and tal­ent, ex­hib­ited by an im­por­tant lo­cal 19th-cen­tury artist. John Singer Sar­gent’s “Tri­umph of Re­li­gion” mu­ral cy­cle took him nearly 30 years to com­plete and de­picts points of Ju­daeo-Chris­tian re­li­gious his­tory on painted can­vas and re­lief. Maps and in­for­ma­tion avail­able. Free. Open M-Th 9 am-9 pm, F-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. www.sar­gent­mu­rals.bpl.org. 700 Boyl­ston St., 617.536.5400. Map 5, E4

Mu­se­ums

BOS­TON CHIL­DREN’S MU­SEUM— Kick off a visit to this young­ster-friendly mu­seum by scal­ing the gi­ant, three-story New Bal­ance rope climb. Kids en­gage in in­ter­ac­tive and ed­u­ca­tional dis­plays; ex­hibits in­clude “Arthur and Friends,” “PlayS­pace,” “Our Green Trail” and the Ja­panese House. And don’t for­get the fun New Bal­ance Foun­da­tion Climb fea­tur­ing three sto­ries of safe climb­ing and ex­plor­ing. Open Sa-Th 10 am-5 pm, F 10 am-9 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $16, free younger than age 1. www.boston­chil­drens­mu­seum.org. 308 Congress St., 617.426.6500. Map 5, I5 BOS­TON TEA PARTY SHIPS & MU­SEUM— This cen­ter pro­vides a unique, im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence set dur­ing a his­toric time pe­riod (1773-1775). Live ac­tors, tea-toss­ing reen­act­ments, high-tech in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, a film and three au­then­ti­cally re­stored tea ships tell the full story of the Bos­ton Tea Party and its im­me­di­ate af­ter­math. Guided tours run ev­ery 30 min­utes, daily 10 am-4 pm. Tick­ets: $1525 (dis­count if booked on­line), free ages un­der 4. www.boston­tea­party­ship.com 306 Congress St., 617.338.1773. Map 5, H5

HAR­VARD ART MU­SE­UMS— Har­vard Art Mu­se­ums com­prise three in­sti­tu­tions—Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sack­ler mu­se­ums—plus four re­search cen­ters and pos­sesses some of the na­tion’s fore­most art col­lec­tions, with hold­ings of West­ern art dat­ing from an­tiq­uity, Is­lamic and Asian art, and Euro­pean and Amer­i­can art since 1900. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Draw­ing: The In­ven­tion of a Mod­ern Medium,” Through May 7. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $10-15. www.har­var­dart­mu­se­ums.org. 32 Quincy St., Cam­bridge, 617.495.9400. Map 3, C2 HAR­VARD MU­SEUM OF NAT­U­RAL HIS­TORY— Part of Har­vard Uni­ver­sity’s Har­vard Mu­se­ums of Science & Cul­ture, this nat­u­ral his­tory mu­seum of­fers a look at fas­ci­nat­ing ob­jects, in­clud­ing me­te­orites, 1,500 mam­mal and bird spec­i­mens, and the daz­zling “Glass Flow­ers”—a col­lec­tion of 3,000 in­cred­i­ble hand­crafted mod­els of flow­er­ing plants. Spe­cial ex­hibits in­clude: “Is­lands: Evolv­ing in Iso­la­tion,” un­til March 30. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $8-12. www.hmnh.har­vard.edu. 26 Ox­ford St., Cam­bridge, 617.495.3045. Map 3, C1 THE IN­STI­TUTE OF CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART/BOS­TON— This land­mark fos­ters con­tem­po­rary artists work­ing in mul­tidis­ci­plinary forms. Per­ma­nent col­lec­tions in­clude 21st-cen­tury sculp­ture, paint­ing, video, pho­tog­ra­phy and draw­ing. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Gil­lian Wear­ing,” through Jan. 2018. Also fea­tures lec­tures, fam­ily pro­grams, dance and mu­sic per­for­mances, and film. Open Tu-W and Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm, Th-F 10 am-9 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $10-15, free ages 17 and un­der and to all Th 5-9 pm. www.ica­boston. org. 25 Har­bor Shore Drive, 617.478.3100. Map 5, I5 IS­ABELLA STE­WART GARD­NER MU­SEUM— Orig­i­nally modeled af­ter a 15th-cen­tury Vene­tian palazzo with a four-story in­te­rior court­yard gar­den and a mod­ern wing in 2012, this mu­seum gem show­cases Is­abella Ste­wart Gard­ner’s vast col­lec­tion of more than 2,500 fine and dec­o­ra­tive art ob­jects, paint­ings, ta­pes­tries and fur­nish­ings with a venue for con­tem­po­rary artists and con­certs. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Am­breem Butt: I Need a Hero,” through June. Open Stu­dios for Vis­i­tors, Sa 11 am-4 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $5-15, free un­der age 18, on your birth­day and if your name is “Is­abella.” Open W and F-M 11 am-5 pm, Th 11 am-9 pm. www.gard­ner­mu­seum.org. 25 Evans Way, 617.566.1401. Map 5, B5 JOHN F. KENNEDY PRES­I­DEN­TIAL LI­BRARY AND MU­SEUM— Ded­i­cated to JFK and the legacy of Camelot, spot­light­ing such sub­jects as JFK as a child, the 1960 cam­paign, Viet­nam, the Peace Corps, and civil rights. In 2015, ren­o­va­tions fea­ture re­mas­tered his­toric film footage and a num­ber of in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $10-14, free ages 12 and un­der. www. jfk­li­brary.org. Columbia Point, 617.514.1600 or 866. JFK.1960. Free shut­tle ser­vice from the JFK/UMass T stop.. Map 1, E2 THE MARY BAKER EDDY LI­BRARY— Ex­plore the achieve­ments of Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th-cen­tury writer, leader, teacher and busi­ness­woman who founded the Chris­tian Science re­li­gion, The Church of Christ, Sci­en­tist, and in­ter­na­tional news­pa­per The Chris­tian Science Mon­i­tor. Within this mu­seum that holds her re­search and ar­ti­facts, visit the Map­par­ium, a three-story painted-glass globe you can walk through. Ad­mis­sion: $4-6, free un­der age 6. Open Tu-Su 10 am-4 pm. www.mary­bak­ered­dyli­brary.org. 200 Mas­sachusetts Ave., 617.450.7000. Map 5, D4 MCMULLEN MU­SEUM OF ART— Al­though this 1927

Ro­man Re­nais­sance Re­vival-style build­ing at Bos- ton Col­lege isn’t new, its use as home to the McMullen Mu­seum cer­tainly is. New fea­tures in­clude a third-floor open-plan sculp­ture gallery. Col­lec­tions in­clude Old Master and Amer­i­can paint­ings; sa­cred Ital­ian paint­ings from the 1500s; clas­si­cal Flem­ish ta­pes­tries from the 1500s; and many works by LaFarge and Wil­liam Trost Richards. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Rafael So­ri­ano: The Artist as Mys­tic,” Jan. 30-June 4. Free tours Su at 2 pm. Free ad­mis­sion. Open M-Tu and F 10 am-5 pm, W-Th 10 am-8 pm, Sa-Su noon-5 pm. www.bc.edu/art­mu­seum. 2101 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617.552.8587. MIT MU­SEUM— This mi­cro­cosm of tech­no­log­i­cal, en­gi­neer­ing and sci­en­tific strides at­tracts vis­i­tors from around the world. Ex­hi­bi­tions change fre­quently, and fo­cus on sub­jects like emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, holo­grams, ges­tu­ral sculp­tures, and ar­ti­facts from the Po­laroid Col­lec­tion. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Images of Dis­cov­ery: Com­mu­ni­cat­ing Science through Pho­tog­ra­phy,” through Aug. 31. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $5-10. web.mit. edu/mu­seum. 265 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Cam­bridge, 617.253.5927. Map 5, D1 MU­SEUM OF AFRICAN AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY— New Eng­land’s largest African-Amer­i­can his­tory mu­seum is ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion, con­ser­va­tion and ac­cu­rate in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the con­tri­bu­tions of African Amer­i­cans. Ex­hibits of­fer the sto­ries of lead­ers, ac­tivists and cit­i­zens of this re­gion who have im­pacted his­tory from the Colo­nial pe­riod through the 19th cen­tury. Ex­hibits this month: “Pic­tur­ing Fred­er­ick Dou­glass: The Most Pho­tographed Amer­i­can of the 19th Cen­tury.” Open M-Sa 10 am-4 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $3-5. www.maah.org. 46 Joy St., 617.725.0022. Map 5, G3 MU­SEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOS­TON— The MFA’s en­cy­clo­pe­dic col­lec­tion culls some of the world’s finest trea­sures, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional and con­tem­po­rary art, in­stru­ments, pho­to­graphs and tex­tiles. Up­com­ing: “Mem­ory Un­earthed: The Lodz Gheetto Pho­to­graphs of Hen­ryk Ross,” March 25July 30. Also, free guided tours, films, gallery talks and ac­tiv­i­ties. Open Sa-Tu 10 am-4:45 pm, W-F 10 am-10 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $23-25, $10 ages 7-17, free un­der age 6; also free W af­ter 4 pm, and, for ages 7-17 on M-F af­ter 3 pm and Sa-Su all day. www.mfa. org. 465 Hunt­ing­ton Ave., 617.267.9300. Map 5, C5 MU­SEUM OF SCIENCE— The Mu­seum of Science is a com­pelling tech­nol­ogy and science-based des­ti­na­tion. Per­ma­nent ex­hibits study the weather, math­e­mat­ics, bird species, di­nosaurs, space and the hu­man body, among other “minds-on” top­ics. Make sure to visit the The­ater of Elec­tric­ity. Bonus ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude the But­ter­fly Gar­den, the Plan­e­tar­ium, the 4-D The­ater and the Mu­gar Omni The­ater. Ad­mis­sion: ex­hibit halls, $20-25; bonus ex­pe­ri­ences, $10 each or $5-6 with ex­hibit hall ad­mis­sion. Open Sa-Th 9 am-5 pm, F 9 am-9 pm. July-Au­gust open Sa-Th 9 am-7 pm, F 9 am-9 pm. www. mos.org. Science Park, 617.723.2500. Map 5, G1 NA­TIONAL CEN­TER OF AFRO-AMER­I­CAN ARTISTS— Founded by Elma Lewis, NCAAA cel­e­brates the long her­itage of visual arts cre­ated around the world by Black artists and show­cases African, Afro-Latin, Afro-Caribbean and African-Amer­i­can col­lec­tions. Ex­am­ine works in all medi­ums from paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and graph­ics to sculp­ture and dec­o­ra­tive arts. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Aspelta: A Nu­bian King’s Burial Cham­ber;” “Black Gods Live: Work of Stephen Hamil­ton.” Ad­mis­sion: $4-5. Open Tu-Su 1-5 pm. www.ncaaa.org. 300 Wal­nut Ave., Roxbury, 617.442.8614. Map 1, E2 PAUL S. RUS­SELL, MD MU­SEUM OF MED­I­CAL HIS­TORY AND IN­NO­VA­TION— This med­i­cal mu­seum tells the rich story of Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal’s two cen­turies of his­tory. Learn about the hos­pi­tal’s im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to the med­i­cal field and see how these dis­cov­er­ies and ad­vance­ments have shaped the present, and how the hos­pi­tal con­tin­ues to shape the fu­ture of medicine. Open M-F 9 am-5 pm. Free ad­mis­sion. www.mass­gen­eral.org/ mu­seum. Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, 2 North Grove St., 617.724.8009. THE PE­ABODY MU­SEUM OF AR­CHAE­OL­OGY AND ETHNOLOGY— Part of Har­vard Uni­ver­sity’s Har­vard Mu­se­ums of Science & Cul­ture, this is one of the old­est mu­se­ums of its kind, of­fer­ing col­lec­tions of hu­man cul­tural his­tory from Africa, an­cient Europe, North Amer­ica, Me­soamer­ica, Ocea­nia and South Amer­ica. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons Across Cul­tures,” un­til Oct. 18; “Day of the Dead,” all month. Great pro­gram­ming and lec­ture se­ries. Ad­mis­sion: $8-12, free ages 3 and un­der, in­cludes ad­mis­sion to the Har­vard Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. www. pe­abody.har­vard.edu. 11 Divin­ity Ave., Cam­bridge, 617.496.1027. Map 3, D1

Mu­se­ums: Greater Bos­ton

CONCORD MU­SEUM— Concord’s rich his­tory is ex­am­ined here through ar­ti­facts (in­clud­ing the famed 1775 Re­vere lantern!), pho­to­graphs, pe­riod room set­tings (like Emer­son’s Study) and pre­sen­ta­tions. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Walden: Four Views,” Feb. 10-Aug. 20. Ad­mis­sion: $5-10. Open M-Sa 11 am-4 pm, Su 1-4 pm. www.con­cord­mu­seum.org. 200 Lex­ing­ton Road, Concord, 978.369.9763. Map 1, D1 PE­ABODY ES­SEX MU­SEUM— Col­lec­tions in­clude Amer­i­can art and ar­chi­tec­ture, Amer­i­can dec­o­ra­tive art, mar­itime art and cul­ture, Na­tive Amer­i­can art, Asian, Asian ex­port, African, Oceanic and con­tem­po­rary art, pho­tog­ra­phy and the fas­ci­nat­ing Yin Yu Tang house. Ex­hibits in­clude: “Shoes: Plea­sure and Pain,” through March 12; “Lu­nar At­trac­tion,” through Sept. 4. Great hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, tours, con­certs, classes and fam­ily pro­grams. Open Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: Adults $20, se­niors $17, stu­dents (with ID) $12; Free for youth (un­der 16) and Salem res­i­dents (with ID). www.pem.org. 161 Es­sex St., Salem, 866.745.1876. Map 1, E1 SALEM WITCH MU­SEUM— This pop­u­lar mu­seum brings the Witch Tri­als of 1692 to life, recre­at­ing the drama of ac­cusers and ac­cused, court pro­ceed­ings and the ex­e­cu­tion of 20 vic­tims. On ex­hibit: “Witches: Evolv­ing Per­cep­tions.” Mul­tilin­gual trans­la­tions avail­able. Ad­mis­sion: $8-11, free un­der age 6. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Closed first three weeks of Jan­uary. www.salemwitch­mu­seum.com 19 1/2 Wash­ing­ton Square North, Salem, 978.744.1692. Map 1, E1

Ob­ser­va­to­ries & Look­out Points

COIT OB­SER­VA­TORY— Named for Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity’s first pro­fes­sor of as­tron­omy, Coit Ob­ser­va­tory fea­tures a num­ber of re­fract­ing and re­flect­ing tele­scopes and hosts reg­u­lar Pub­lic Open Nights with mem­bers of BU’s as­tron­omy depart­ment. W at 8:30 pm (7:30 pm, fall and win­ter), weather per­mit­ting. Call hot­line no ear­lier than two hours prior to event; event can­celed if sky is not clear. Ac­cess by stair­well on fifth floor next to Room 520. www.bu.edu/as­tron­omy/events/pub­lic-open-

night-at-the-ob­ser­va­tory. 725 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617.353.2630. Map 5, B4

SKY­WALK OB­SER­VA­TORY AT PRUDENTIAL CEN

TER— Lo­cated on the 50th floor of the Prudential Cen­ter, Sky­walk fea­tures strik­ing, 360-de­gree views of Bos­ton and be­yond. Ex­hibits in­clude the Dreams of Free­dom Im­mi­gra­tion Mu­seum and “Wings Over Bos­ton,” an aerial video tour. Find sta­teof-the-art au­dio tours. Open daily 10 am-8 pm, though the site of­ten closes for pri­vate func­tions. Ad­mis­sion: $13-16. www.sky­walk­boston.com 800 Boyl­ston St., 50th floor, 617.859.0648. Map 5, D4

The Free­dom Trail

BOS­TON COM­MON— Amer­ica’s old­est pub­lic park and part of the Emer­ald Necklace, the 50-acre Bos­ton Com­mon was set aside in 1634 as a mil­i­tary “trayn­ing” ground and pas­ture­land, and it has al­ways been a gather­ing place for res­i­dents who con­vene for ral­lies or recre­ation. You’ll find a ceme­tery, ball fields, a carousel and, de­pend­ing on the sea­son, a wad­ing pool or skat­ing rink. www.the­free­dom­trail.org. Be­tween Beacon, Charles, Tre­mont, Boyl­ston and Park streets. 617.635.4505. Map 5, G4 BUNKER HILL MON­U­MENT— One of Bos­ton’s most iconic sights is, iron­i­cally, a mis­nomer: the Bunker Hill Mon­u­ment ac­tu­ally sits atop Breed’s Hill, where the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion’s Bat­tle of Bunker Hill took place in 1775. The ill-equipped colonists were ul­ti­mately de­feated in bat­tle, but caused con­sid­er­able dam­age to Bri­tish forces. The towering, 221foot obelisk is a re­minder of these pa­tri­ots’ brav­ery. Climb to the top for ter­rific views (free). Open daily 9 am-5 pm, last climb at 4:30 pm. www.nps.gov/ bost/his­to­rycul­ture/bhm.htm. Mon­u­ment Square, Charlestown, 617.242.5641. Map 5, I1 COPP’S HILL BURY­ING GROUND— Founded 1659. Former North End res­i­dents are buried at Copp’s Hill, a site that now is con­sid­ered on the out­skirts of the North End was, in the late 17th cen­tury, in the heart of Bos­ton. It is the rest­ing place of in­fa­mous Pu­ri­tan min­is­ters In­crease and Cot­ton Mather, as well as 1,000 free African Amer­i­cans. Dur­ing the Revo­lu­tion, Bri­tish sol­diers set up camp here, train­ing can­nons on Charlestown and us­ing head­stones for tar­get prac­tice. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. www.the­free­dom­trail.org. Snowhill and Hull streets. Map 5, I2 FA­NEUIL HALL— Suc­cess­ful Bos­ton mer­chant Peter Fa­neuil had this build­ing con­structed in 1742 and gave it to the city of Bos­ton. It at­tracted lo­cal ac­tivists, and be­came known for be­ing the breed­ing ground of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion, and thus called “The Cra­dle of Lib­erty.” Three cen­turies later, Fa­neuil Hall re­mains a sym­bol of free­dom and houses a vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­ter, the Great Hall and an ar­mory mu­seum. Free ad­mis­sion. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. www.nps.gov. Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict, 617.523.1300. Map 5, H3 GRANARY BURY­ING GROUND— Established in 1660 and so named be­cause ad­join­ing Park Street Church stored grain in the early 18th cen­tury. While Granary Bury­ing Ground fea­tures 2,345 grave­stones and tombs, it is es­ti­mated that 8,000 peo­ple are in­terred here, in­clud­ing many early Amer­i­can Pa­tri­ots like Sa­muel Adams, John Han­cock, Robert Treat Paine, James Otis and Paul Re­vere. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. www.the­free­dom­trail. org. Tre­mont Street op­po­site Brom­field Street, 617.635.4505. Map 5, H3

KING’S CHAPEL— The con­gre­ga­tion, or­ga­nized in 1686, built this chapel in 1688-1689 on a grave­yard. It was re­built from 1749-1754 and still stands here to­day. Many now-fa­mous peo­ple wor­shipped here, in­clud­ing Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, Royal Gov­er­nor Hutchin­son and Oliver Wen­dell Holmes. For a unique spin on his­tory, take the Bell and Bones Tour, which vis­its the build­ing’s 200-year-old crypt, $5-7. Self-guided tours also avail­able (sug­gested do­na­tion $2). Open F-M for guided tours, but sched­ule varies in off-sea­son; call ahead. www.kings-chapel.org. 58 Tre­mont St., 617.523.1749. Map 5, H3 OLD NORTH CHURCH— Built in 1723, Old North is Bos­ton’s old­est church build­ing. While it played a piv­otal role at the on­set of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion, it is in­ter­est­ing to note that at the time the church was highly Loy­al­ist. Its bells, which still ring, are the old­est church bells in North Amer­ica. Learn more on in-depth “Be­hind the Scenes” tours that visit the steeple and the crypt, of­fered daily ($4-6). Ad­mis­sion: free, but $3 sug­gested do­na­tion to sup­port his­toric site. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. www.old­north.com 193 Salem St., 617.858.8231. Map 5, I2 OLD SOUTH MEET­ING HOUSE— Built in 1729 as a Pu­ri­tan meet­ing­house, this site is well known as the place of mass protest gath­er­ings that led to the Bos­ton Tea Party. As Colo­nial Bos­ton’s largest build­ing, other sig­nif­i­cant events hap­pened here too and can be ex­am­ined through ex­hibits. Fa­mous former con­gre­gants in­clude Sa­muel Adams and Ben­jamin Franklin. Great pro­grams, spe­cial events, lec­tures, con­certs and more; full sched­ule on­line. Ad­mis­sion: $1-$6. Open daily 9:30 am-5 pm. www.osmh.org. 310 Wash­ing­ton St., 617.482.6439. Map 5, H4 OLD STATE HOUSE & BOS­TON MAS­SACRE SITE— Built in 1713, the Old State House is 300 years old, mak­ing it one of Bos­ton’s old­est re­main­ing build­ings. Be­fore the Revo­lu­tion, it served as the seat of Royal gov­ern­ment, and af­ter, it be­came the Com­mon­wealth’s first State House. In 1770, the Bos­ton Mas­sacre took place here. Get a unique look at early Amer­i­can his­tory, as each vis­i­tor re­ceives a real-life char­ac­ter card upon ad­mit­tance, which in­flu­ences their ex­plo­ration of the site. Tours in­clude 30-minute Bos­ton Mas­sacre tours, and 20-minute tours of the Coun­cil Cham­ber and sec­ond floor. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $8.50-$10. Youth (6-18) free. www.boston­his­tory.org. 206 Wash­ing­ton St., 617.720.1713. Map 5, H4

Whale Watches/River & Har­bor Cruises

ODYSSEY CRUISES— Jack­ets rec­om­mended at din­ner, oth­er­wise slacks and col­lared shirts re­quired. The three-deck Odyssey lux­ury yacht fea­tures leisurely sails around Bos­ton Har­bor and plated meals boast­ing the cui­sine of ex­ec­u­tive chef Michael Al­mond. Af­ter din­ner, dance to mu­sic by live bands. Reg­u­lar cruises in­clude: lunch, din­ner, and brunch, and Sun­day night twi­light din­ner cruise. Spe­cially themed hol­i­day sails. Visit web­site for full sched­ule. Tick­ets: from $58. www.odyss­ey­cruises.com/bos­ton De­parts from Rowes Wharf, 866.429.9283. Map 5, I4

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