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.

Expressions Art Bar

Expressions Art Bar

162 Cordaville Road, Southborough 01772

508-475-5664

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  

The Museum of Russian Icons inspires the appreciation and study of Russian culture by collecting and exhibiting one of the world’s largest collections of Russian icons — sacred paintings used for veneration in the Orthodox tradition. 

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.

The Discovery Museums

The Discovery Museums

177 Main Street, Acton 01720
978-264-4200  

Two great museums, accessible 550-square foot treehouse, and year-round outdoor nature playscape blend the best of science, play and environmental learning on a beautiful 4.5 acre campus.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture - deCordova

Arts & Culture - Re-enactors

Community Spotlight - Millis

Overview

Named for its founder, Lansing Millis, Millis is a quintessential picturesque New England suburb. Just nineteen miles southwest of Boston, and easily accessible by routes 109 and 115, it is made up of lovely residential and rural areas and is dotted with serene lakes, rolling meadows. and bubbling brooks.

 

History

Formerly East Medway, Millis, a town rich in history, incorporated as a separate town in 1885. Millis is home to several historical buildings with the most notable being the Niagara Hall Fire House. This recently renovated firehouse was built in 1878 and is covered almost completely on the inside by flowing murals created by Boston artist George Story. The town is currently pushing to restore the original artwork and return this one-of-a-kind historical landmark to its former glory. 

Recreation

As autumn returns, so too does our signature fall foliage, and there is no better place to enjoy the colors than the many picturesque parks, ponds, and trails in Millis. Enjoy the season on the waters of Bugastow Brook and the Charles River, or on one of the many hiking and horse-riding trails that criss-cross the Millis Landscape. 

 

Dining

Adding to the flavor of Millis, Twist Bakery Café is known nationally as a pioneer for recipes devised for the gluten-sensitive and those with food allergies. Their entire menu is gluten-free and nut-free (except coconut), and most of their items are even dairy-free.  If you’re looking to grab a bite somewhere a little more traditional, Primavera offers up a wide variety of classic Italian dishes with a dash of all- American favorites, all in a lovely upscale environment.