Allston Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Allston; our list of the best things to see, including Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Massachusetts Historical Society and Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • The best place in Allston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    280 The Fenway
    Housed in a Venetian-style palazzo, the museum displays works by Titian, Michelangelo, Monet, Rembrandt and others.
    Fenway-Kenmore food nearby
  • Massachusetts Historical Society

    Massachusetts Historical Society

    1154 Boylston St
    Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. Free and open to the public.. Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is the nation's oldest historical society. The collections of the MHS bring alive the stories of America's past through a series of changing exhibitions and public programs that are free and open to the public.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill eat nearby
  • Saks Fifth Avenue

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    800 Boylston Street
    www.saks.com
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston

    Museum of Fine Arts Boston

    465 Huntington Avenue
    (Museum of Fine Arts station, Green Line, E Train), +1 617 267-9300, [21]. ($22, Free for ages 7–17 after 3PM weekdays, all weekend, and public school holidays; entrance fees are optional on W from 4PM-9:45PM). Boston's largest and most comprehensive art museum, and also one of the pricier museums in the US. Currently undergoing an expansion project, it is also known for its impressive assortment of French Impressionist paintings, with the largest collection of Monet paintings outside of Paris; it also has the largest collection of Japanese art outside of Japan (there is also a branch of the museum in Nagoya, Japan), an extraordinary collection of Egyptian, ancient Greek, and Roman art, one of the most comprehensive collections of American art, and one of the largest and finest print collections in the United States. This Museum may be one of the best art museums in the entire country. If you’re visiting Boston and looking for a great place to bring the family the Museum of Fine Arts is a great place to go. The museum is full of great paintings and artifacts. Some of the more popular exhibits include the Egyptian exhibit that is home to multiple mummies, beautiful tombs and coffins. The paintings in the Museum are also very impressive and many of any the paintings portray famous historical American heroes like George Washington, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and much more.
    Jamaica Plain food nearby
  • Harvard Business School

    Harvard Business School

    Offering more than 60 programs preparing talented professionals from all over the world for new levels of leadership in their careers and within their organizations.
    Allston-Brighton eat nearby
  • Boston College

    Boston College

    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    ), 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA (Take the T's B Green Line train to the Boston College stop. It's the last stop on the route so don't worry, you won't miss it.). B.C. is a Jesuit, Catholic University known for its Collegiate Gothic architecture in the middle campus.
    Allston-Brighton restaurants nearby
  • Third Monday in April: Patriot's Day/Boston Marathon

    Third Monday in April: Patriot's Day/Boston Marathon

    The oldest marathon in the world, the race started in 1897 and is always run on the holiday that commemorates Paul Revere's ride in 1775 and the ensuing battles at Lexington and Concord (suburbs of Boston) that started the Revolution. The race runs from Hopkinton to the finish line in Copley Square. The halfway point is the wealthy suburb of Wellesley, where students from Wellesley College (America's leading institute for all-women's education) form the "Scream Tunnel" to cheer on runners (who are in turn encouraged to "Kiss a Wellesley Girl for good luck!"). Parts of Commonwealth Avenue outbound from there and surrounding streets are closed for the race. Elsewhere, Paul Revere's ride and the battles are re-enacted each year in front of thousands of people. Arrive early to get a good spot. Finally, the Red Sox always have a home game on this date, which starts at 11AM to accommodate the crowds who watch the Marathon as it goes by Fenway Park. This is the only Major League baseball game that starts before noon local time during the season. Other than St. Patrick's/Evacuation Day this is the only time that you will find huge crowds at bars early in the morning.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill food nearby
  • Symphony Hall

    Symphony Hall

    301 Massachusetts Ave
    Welcome to the facebook home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra! www.bso.org
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill eat nearby
  • The Garment District

    The Garment District

    50/pound clothes where you can sift through piles of randomness. The other parts of the store include a vintage/mid-end designer consignment store and women's shoes in man's sizes.
    Area Iv
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Mary Baker Eddy Library

    200 Massachusetts Ave
    10 am to 4 pm Tuesday-Sunday. General Admission - $6.00. Since 1935, more than 10 million people have traversed the thirty-foot glass bridge that spans the Mapparium, taking visitors to a unique spot: the middle of the world. This world-famous, three-story, painted-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Library.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill food nearby
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    26 Oxford St
    Drawing from the University's vast natural history collections, the HMNH displays the famous Blaschka 'Glass Flowers' collection, dinosaurs (the world only mounted 42-ft. long Kronosaurus), minerals, meteorites, gemstones (a 1,642 lb. amethyst geode), and hundreds of 'stuffed' animals and birds. Fun for the whole family. It's an 8 minute walk across the historic Harvard Yard from Harvard Square (Red Line MBTA). Lectures & educational programs for all ages.
    Aggasiz-Harvard eat nearby
  • MIT Museum

    MIT Museum

    265 Massachusetts Ave
    (Central Sq), Phone: +1 617-253-4444 [18]. Has a huge collection of holography, a hall of hacks (practical physical jokes that get placed around the institute -- like the police car that once graced the top of the great dome is in the hall of hacks), plus rotating exhibits. Great hands-on exhibits for kids, including moving sculptures and a shadow room.
    Area Iv restaurants nearby
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre

    Coolidge Corner Theatre

    290 Harvard St
    and Harvard St.. "Commercial and cultural Mecca of Brookline."
    Allston-Brighton food nearby
  • Brattle Theatre

    Brattle Theatre

    40 Brattle St
    The Brattle Theatre has been operated by the non-profit Brattle Film Foundation since 2001.
    Allston-Brighton eat nearby
  • Taza Chocolate Factory Tours and Store

    Taza Chocolate Factory Tours and Store

    561 Windsor St
    The Factory Store is open W-F 11AM-6PM, Sat and Sun 11AM-5PM. Tours run 2-3 times daily, check the website for current schedule. Tour admission $5 per person, children under 3 free. Take a 45-minute tour of one of the few bean-to-bar chocolate factories in the USA. Get a close-up view of Taza's vintage chocolate making machines and learn how cacao is transformed into authentic stone ground organic chocolate. Visit the Factory Store to shop for limited edition chocolate treats and see the factory through special viewing windows. Lots of chocolate samples available in the store and throughout the tours.
    restaurants nearby
  • Harvard Book Store

    Harvard Book Store

    1256 Massachusetts Avenue
    [35] Independent shop, nice and cozy, has a wide selection, and has interesting staff recommendations glued to the book stalls. Used and remaindered books are located downstairs.
    Allston-Brighton
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Don't be fooled into thinking that this is just a library. The archives of Mary Baker Eddy; one of the most famous women of the early 20th century are found here, as is the Mapparium; a three-story stained glass globe depicting the world as it was in 1935 that you can actually walk through! While waiting for the twenty minute tour to commence, you can explore the Hall of Ideas and literally find the thoughts of some of the world's greatest thinkers at your feet! $4.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill eat nearby
  • The Emerald Necklace Conservatory

    The Emerald Necklace Conservatory

    The "Back Bay" Fens is part of the Emerald Necklace (a system of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted), which starts here and extends out all the way to Franklin Park. After a slight discontinuity, green space continues down the median of Commonwealth Avenue to the Public Garden and Boston Common.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill restaurants nearby
  • Fenway Cultural District

    Fenway Cultural District

    The Fenway Cultural District, Boston, MA
    Fenway-Kenmore food nearby
  • Magpie

    Magpie

    416 Highland Ave
    One of the nation's best stores devoted to handmade hipster crafts, unique gifts, independent designers, and local artists.
    North Cambridge
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery

    Mount Auburn Cemetery

    Yes, it's a cemetery. It just happens to be the first landscaped cemetery and in fact the first large-scale designed landscape in the U.S. The tower provides visitors with a breathtaking panoramic view of the cities of Boston and Cambridge, as well as the surrounding countryside to the north. The fact that it's the final resting place of some of the area's most influential figures (Sumner, Gardner, Eddy, and Longfellow) cements its status as a National Historic Landmark.
    West Cambridge restaurants nearby
  • Cask 'n Flagon

    Cask 'n Flagon

    62 Brookline Ave
    Arguably the most famous sports bar in Boston. Located right outside Fenway Park, this bar is always packed on game days.
    Fenway-Kenmore
  • Comicazi

    Comicazi

    407 Highland Ave
    Well- stocked comic book shop, featuring a very friendly staff.
    North Cambridge
  • McMullen Museum of Art

    McMullen Museum of Art

    140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA
    Monday-Friday 11:00-4:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00-5:00. Hours can vary due to breaks and special events. Call or check the website for details. Free. Located in Devlin Hall on Boston College's "middle campus", the McMullen Museum has both a permanent collection and a featured exhibit, usually changed on a semester basis.
    Allston-Brighton restaurants nearby
  • House of Blues

    House of Blues

    15 Landsdowne St.
    Replacing the former Avalon and Axis nightclubs, this outpost of the popular chain returns to the Boston area after an 8-year hiatus. One of the newest live music venues in the city, and quickly becoming one of the most popular ones.
    Fenway-Kenmore
  • Zaftigs Delicatessen

    Zaftigs Delicatessen

    335 Harvard St
    Non-Kosher, "new Jewish"-style restaurant.
    Allston-Brighton
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