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 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: Ashland

The Town of Ashland bustles year ‘round, but spring is an especially energetic season as the town’s cultural and business initiatives roll out.  Although primarily residential, the town integrates small businesses as well as cutting-edge tech corporations into its community initiatives.

 

New England History

Centuries ago, Ashland was a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. The town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Today, the high school’s teams are the Clockers.

 

Corner Spot

Indicative of the energetic business community emerging in this town, the Corner Spot was developed in early 2017--through individual donations—as a place for new businesses to debut for one to six weeks. Opening in June of 2017, this innovative example of community placemaking will offer a rotation of new enterprises, as well as a restful spot for simply hanging out.

 

Farmers Market

One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 14) as well as live music, non-food vendors, and family activities in the park at 125 Front Street. On special weekends throughout the rest of the year, the Farmers Market pops up indoors to offer Pre-Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter Markets.

 

Special community events

Long a home to annual community events and festivals, such as Ashland Day in September, the town now offers more programming through Arts!Ashland Alliance. Through arts and culture programming, the group also works to cultivate the economic vitality of the community. Its signature event is the Dragon Fly Festival, held mid-August.  Other cultural offerings come from the Friends of the Ashland Library, which offers speakers and documentary film evenings.

 

Dining

Pockets of great cuisine are spread throughout this community of 18,000, including along Routes 126 and 135, as well as downtown sidestreets. The gourmet Oregon Club, a former speakeasy, is tucked among residences in east Ashland.  In downtown, Stone’s Public House (circa 1832) boasts a ghostly history and modern hearty pub fare. New Mexican and Asian eateries have debuted in recent years as well.

 

Recreation & Sports

To commemorate the site of the original Boston Marathon Start Line, Ashland now boasts Marathon Park., which is now the site of the start line of the semi-annual Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon favored by runners eager to experience a large portion of the Boston Marathon’s April route.

There’s plenty of recreation for those inclined to relax. The 470-acre Ashland State Park offers swimming, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and hiking/biking trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects Ashland to 34 other communities. The public schools’ new turf fields are the site of regional sports competitions.