Museums & Collections
From the rarest artifacts to modern sculptures, from native species to international icons.
137 Barton Road, Stow 01775
See “History” for information.
Lexington Road, Concord 01742
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.
106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481
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.
51 Sandy Pond Road Lincoln, 01773
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.
101 Summer Street, Holliston 01746
A restful haven in a rustic setting, known for the world’s largest rosary
102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard 01451
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.
62 High Street, Clinton 01510
This unique collection, representative of various regions, tribes and traditions of the African continent, has been assembled by collector Gordon B. Lankton.
180 Hemenway Road, Framingham 01701
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.
547 Washington Street, Holliston 01746
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.
12 Hopedale Street, Hopedale 01747
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.
203 Union Street, Clinton 01510
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.
58 Eliot Street, Natick 01760
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.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge 01566
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!
235 Wellesley Street at Regis College, Weston 02493
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.
177 Main Street, Acton 01720
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.
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
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.
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 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.