Museums & Collections

From the rarest artifacts to modern sculptures, from native species to international icons.

Collings Foundation

Collings Foundation

137 Barton Road, Stow 01775

978-562-9182  

See “History” for information.

Concord Museum

Concord Museum

Lexington Road, Concord 01742

978-369-9763  

The museum houses one of the oldest and most treasured collections of Americana in the country. It’s the gateway to Concord’s remarkable revolutionary and literary history, from the first shots in the battle for American independence to the legacy of Emerson and Thoreau.

Davis Museum at Wellesley College

Davis Museum at Wellesley College

106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481

781-283-2051 

Distinguished permanent collections including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, and decorative objects, from antiquity to the contemporary moment; dynamic temporary exhibitions engage visitors in looking anew at the visual arts.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road  Lincoln, 01773

781-259-8355  

The Sculpture Park is a constantly changing landscape of more than 60 large-scale, outdoor, and modern sculpture and site-specific installations. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming.

Fatima Shrine

Fatima Shrine

101 Summer Street, Holliston 01746

508-429-2144

A restful haven in a rustic setting, known for the world’s largest rosary

Fruitlands Museum

Fruitlands Museum

102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard 01451

978-456-3924  

Once home to a utopian community planned by Louisa May Alcott’s father in the 19th century, the museum’s five buildings are located on more than 200 acres  and include art exhibits and educational programs.

Gallery of African Art

Gallery of African Art

62 High Street, Clinton 01510

978-368-0227  

This unique collection, representative of various regions, tribes and traditions of the African continent, has been assembled by collector Gordon B. Lankton.

Garden in the Woods

Garden in the Woods

180 Hemenway Road, Framingham 01701
508-877-7630  

Operated by the New England Wild Flower Society, the 75 rolling
acres of trails that wind through a variety of natural woodland
floral habitats display the largest landscaped collection of
wildflowers in the Northeast. 

Holliston Historical Society

Holliston Historical Society

547 Washington Street, Holliston 01746

508-429-5795  

International Museum of World War II

International Museum of World War II

Natick 01760

508-651-1944  

This is the most comprehensive collection of original artifacts in the world. Over 7,000 pieces, uniquely showing the human story interwoven with the military and political. Scheduled visits only, Tuesday to Saturday.

Little Red Shop Museum

Little Red Shop Museum

12 Hopedale Street, Hopedale 01747

508-478-2926  

McAuliffe Center and Challenger Learning Center

McAuliffe Center and Challenger Learning Center

Framingham State University

100 State Street, Framingham 01702

Interactive exhibits, planetarium, and Challenger Learning Center mission simulator are available for school and teambuilding groups, adult learners, teacher support, and general audiences on selected dates.

Museum of Russian Icons

Museum of Russian Icons

203 Union Street, Clinton 01510
978-598-5000  

Spanning six centuries, our collection of more than 500
Russian icons and artifacts is the largest of its kind in
North America and one of the largest private
collections outside Russia.

Natick Historical Society Museum

Natick Historical Society Museum

58 Eliot Street, Natick 01760

508-647-4841  

Here is the place to explore all things Natick. Stories of local life are what we share from our founding with the “Praying Indians” to today’s center of culture and commerce. Museum, archive, and programs.

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge 01566

800-733-1830  

Visit Old Sturbridge Village and discover New England’s premier living history museum. Tour a working 1830s town with authentically costumed citizens. History will amaze and inspire your entire family!

Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History

Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History

235 Wellesley Street at Regis College, Weston 02493
781-768-8367 

You don’t have to be a stamp collector to enjoy a visit to the
Spellman. Rotating exhibits of U.S. and worldwide stamps and
postal history. Family Days, group visits, gift shop, U.S. Post
Office. Thursday–Sunday 12-5pm.

The Discovery Museums

The Discovery Museums

177 Main Street, Acton 01720
978-264-4200  

Two museums (for one admission price) blend the best of science,
children’s and environmental learning with hands-on, playful exhibits that
inspire curiosity and exploration.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture - deCordova

Arts & Culture - Re-enactors

Community Spotlight: Framingham

America’s largest town boasts a population of almost 70,000 residents speaking more than 50 languages and living 20 miles west of Boston in urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods. Along with great neighborhoods, Framingham has extraordinary options for shopping and dining, a vibrant and innovative center for business and industry that hosts a number of world class companies, an expanding hub of cultural and educational opportunity, unmatched road and railway access, and active investment in the Town’s infrastructure.

Higher Education

Framingham boasts excellent higher education opportunities right in our back yard at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, as well as easy access to the world-class institutions in the greater Boston area, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Boston College, Wellesley, Brandeis, Bentley, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

In addition to continuing education opportunities at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, there are opportunities for arts education through both the Danforth Museum School and the Amazing Things Arts Center Workshops

Recreation
Framingham operates over 200 youth, adult, and family arts and athletic programs on 62 public athletic fields, an indoor pool, a skating rink, and an athletic center. You and your family can also enjoy 52 playgrounds with equipment, 20 public tennis courts including 10 with lights, and three public beaches. You could go boating and picnicking at Farm Pond, skating at Loring Arena, walking through Wittenborg Woods - you’ll run out of weekends before you run out of things to do! 

When completed, the Cochituate Rail Trail will connect Framingham and Natick residents to local schools, offices, shopping, and transportation hubs. The 25-mile Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, which will connect Framingham with Lowell, is in the planning stages, as is the 104-mile long Mass Central Rail Trail, connecting Boston to Western Massachusetts, passing just north of Framingham.

For a list of public beaches in town, go here.

Eat, Drink, Shop
Framingham is one of those unique places that offer just about every shopping opportunity imaginable. Our section of Route 9 / Worcester Road is well-known throughout New England as a mecca for popular retail and restaurant experiences. 

Downtown Framingham boasts over 30 ethnic enterprises, including Asian, Hispanic, Brazilian, and Eastern European shops, cafes, and restaurants. Shoppers looking for alternatives to big box stores and chain restaurants can enjoy Brazilian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian cuisine; imported clothing shops; and attentive service that defines family-owned operations.

The Golden Triangle is located at the MassPike (I-90) Exit #13 roughly in the area bounded by Route 9, Route 30, and Speen Street. This area includes the Natick Mall, the Framingham Mall, and Shoppers World for a comprehensive shopping and dining experience with everything from a grocery store to high-end luxury shops. In between are a wide variety of restaurants at every price-point. 

In addition to the section of Route 9 that forms the border of the Golden Triangle described above, Route 9 extends through Framingham with a large number shopping, dining, and other services serving local and regional customers. This includes hubs of activity at Framingham Centre and the Technology Park area at Mass Pike Exit 12.

Visual and Performing Arts


Arts and culture flourish in Framingham and an abundance of entertainment venues are located throughout the town. The IMAX theater, AMC movie complex, Amazing Things Art Center, and Nevins Hall at the Historic Memorial Building just begin to identify the diversity of experiences offered. Framingham also plays host to a number of regional cultural institutions including the Danforth Museum of Art, the Mazmanian Art Gallery, Garden in the Woods, and the Framingham History Center. 

For more things to do, view the Framingham Calendar of Events.

Performing Arts

Amazing Things Arts Center

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

 

Visual Arts 
Danforth Museum of Art - Focusing on American art from 18th century to present day, the Danforth Museum of Art is dedicated to showing the very best examples of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists, as well as an exploration of the School of Boston Expressionism. Our compelling exhibitions and permanent collection of over 3,500 works of art offer countless opportunities for all ages to explore a range of media and artistic forms of expression. Our mission strongly supports education: the 400 yearly studio art courses offered in the Museum School, family workshops, and artist lectures offer Museum members and visitors numerous opportunities to learn and create.

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Fountain Street Fine Arts is an artist-run, membership based gallery housed in the century old Bancroft Building in Framingham.  Also check out their blog: http://www.fsfaboston.com/growingagallery/ .

Fountain Street Studios located just outside downtown, the Fountain Street Studios is a vibrant artists community that holds frequent strolls and open houses that allow you to come visit and watch the artists at work.

Saxonville Studios, located in the Saxonville area of Framingham, this small but diverse group of artists has been active for more than 20 years.