Cultural Walk in Boston, Boston

Through Boston's many theaters, cinemas, museums, art galleries, and concert halls, you can discover another side to this great city. Some of these cultural venues date as far back as the beginning of the 20th Century, and how well a show is received by audiences here can often determine whether it will succeed on Broadway. Take our tour to see the best artistic parts of the city.
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Cultural Walk in Boston Map

Guide Name: Cultural Walk in Boston
Guide Location: USA » Boston (See other walking tours in Boston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 km
Author: anna
Boston Opera House

1) Boston Opera House

Boston is a lively city, dedicated to the arts, with its many theatres and concerts halls. While you are in Boston why not take in a show at the Boston Opera House.

This performing arts venue was built in 1928 on the site of the old Boston Theatre; it was designed by Thomas W. Lamb and dedicated to Benjamin Franklin Keith, who was considered the father of vaudeville. The interior is quite splendid with marble columns and mirrored walls in the entrance and a marble staircase to the balconies....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Colonial Theater

2) Colonial Theater

One of the most beautiful theatres in Boston is undoubtedly the Colonial Theatre, near Boston Common, built on the site of the former Boston Public Library.

The theatre opened its doors in 1900 with a magnificent performance of Ben Hur, where live horses were brought on stage for the chariot race. This assured its success and it remains the oldest theatre still operating in the city.

It was built by Clarence Blackhall and paid for by Frederick Lothrop Ames. No expense was spared and the...   view more
Cutler Majestic Theater

3) Cutler Majestic Theater

If you are a theatre lover don’t miss taking in a show at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, the home base of the Boston Opera. This lovely building is a Boston Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

The theatre was built in 1903 by John Galen Howard, who had studied at the University of Beaux Arts in Paris. The Rococo style building has a fine terracotta façade and stained glass windows. The gold auditorium has cantilevered balconies and instead of the gas and candle...   view more
Wilbur Theater

4) Wilbur Theater

This theater, which was built by Clarence Blackall in 1913, has been listed in the National Historic Register since 1980. The venue has been home to Boston's Comedy Connection since 2008. The two-story brick building with Georgian and Federal Revival motifs, the Wilbur Theater is ranked more along the lines of a private residence than an ostentatious...   view more
Newbury Fine Arts

5) Newbury Fine Arts

Newbury Fine Arts is a gallery on Newbury Street in Boston. Its owners, Robin and Anthony Parrella, had it opened out of love for and desire to display the fine works of art, much as for the purpose of educating people. Unlike Claude Monet who said, “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love”, at Newbury Fine Arts they want collectors not just to love what they buy, but also to understand what it is, be it a $30...   view more
Lanoue Fine Art

6) Lanoue Fine Art

Lanoue Fine Art is a gallery on Newbury Street, specialized in displaying the works of mid-career and seasoned contemporary artists who work in different media. Presented here collections comprise both representational and abstract works of painters, sculptors and printmakers, acknowledged both at home and abroad. Lanoue gives floor to original artists, whose manner of expression challenges conventional thinking and exceeds expectations in technique and formal execution. In business for more...   view more
Vose Galleries

7) Vose Galleries

Vose Galleries is the oldest family-owned art gallery in the United States. Since establishment in 1841, the Vose family has gained over 150 years of experience in art collecting, having passed through the hands of their six generations—down from father to son and now daughters—more than 34,000 works of art. Among these are specifically American realist paintings and works on paper dating from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The gallery enjoys a well-deserved reputation for its...   view more
Boston Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library

8) Boston Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library

The Mapparium, one of Boston's key landmarks, is a three-story high, 30-foot-wide stained glass globe that was built as part of The Mary Baker Eddy Library in 1931. Visitors to the Library can cross the glass bridge into the illuminated spherical space and see how ideas affect the world as we know it. Illuminated by a new lighting system, this huge globe showcases the world as it was more than 60 years ago, and highlights the new boundaries emerged over time. To reinforce the effect, the...   view more
Museum of Fine Arts

9) Museum of Fine Arts (must see)

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is one of the largest museums in the U.S., attracting over one million visitors a year. It contains over 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas. With more than one million visitors a year, it is the 60th most-visited art museum in the world as of 2017.

The museum was founded in 1870 and its current location dates to 1909. The museum's present building was commenced in 1907 when museum trustees hired...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

10) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (must see)

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or Fenway Court is a museum in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston, located within a walking distance from the Museum of Fine Arts and near the Back Bay Fens. The museum houses an art collection of world importance, including significant examples of European, Asian, and American art, from paintings and sculpture to tapestries and decorative arts. It is the only private art collection in which the building, collection, and installations are the creation...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Boston, Massachusetts

Create Your Own Walk in Boston

Create Your Own Walk in Boston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Boston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kids Entertainment Tour in Boston

Kids Entertainment Tour in Boston

When it comes to the best entertainment for kids, Boston's got a winning combination: Swan boats, fresh ice cream, unique plants and animals, delicious cookies and much more. There's also the chance to make learning fun with the use of hands-on science exhibits. Take our Kids Entertainment Tour to discover the most fun you can have in Boston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Boston Places of Worship Tour

Boston Places of Worship Tour

Boston's many great churches are among the most precious of the city's numerous architectural jewels. What makes these artworks special are their unique styles, elegant facades and centuries of history. Take our tour and experience these must-see wonders of Boston.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Boston Nightlife Tour

Boston Nightlife Tour

Boston is one of the most sparkling and vibrant cities for nightlife in the US. Bostonians, tourists and Hollywood stars alike flock to the dance clubs here. Become one of the in-crowd by taking our tour of the best nightlife spots in the city of Boston.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Boston Museums Walking Tour

Boston Museums Walking Tour

Boston's rich historical past is carefully nourished by the city's many museums. Inside these museums you'll find unique works of art, scientific wonders and many other objects that illuminate the past. Take our walking tour to discover the best museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 km
Boston Famous Historical Sites Tour

Boston Famous Historical Sites Tour

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA. Its beginnings date back to September 1630 as the "City on a Hill". Through the centuries, the city has witnessed many historical turns of events such as the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. All left marks not only in Boston's history but also on the architectural structure of the city itself. The following tour will help you discover this rich history with your own eyes.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Boston Shopping Areas Tour

Boston Shopping Areas Tour

Boston is one of the top shopping destinations in the US northeast, with plenty of interesting stores to visit. You'll even find high class shops, stores inside historical buildings and places where bargaining is still in practice. Take our tour to experience the best shopping the city has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

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Boston's Marblehead Eateries

Boston's Marblehead Eateries

With such a diverse variety of dining cuisines and styles, the little town of Marblehead has something to satisfy every budget and culinary palate. You won't find any neon here, none is allowed in town and there are no fast food or drive-thrus establishments either. Most are quaint and...