Jamaica Plain Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Jamaica Plain; our list of the best things to see, including Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Massachusetts Historical Society and Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • The best place in Jamaica Plain: 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
  • 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 eat 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 restaurants nearby
  • 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
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre

    Coolidge Corner Theatre

    290 Harvard St
    and Harvard St.. "Commercial and cultural Mecca of Brookline."
    Allston-Brighton eat nearby
  • Franklin Park Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo

    One Franklin Park Road
    Follow us on twitter: @zoonewengland
    Roxbury 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
  • Grill 23 & Bar

    Grill 23 & Bar

    161 Berkeley St
    Certainly a contender for the best steaks in Boston. Also serves excellent seafood entrees. Private dining rooms available. Make sure to make weekend reservations at least a week in advance.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill
  • 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 restaurants 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 food nearby
  • Fenway Cultural District

    Fenway Cultural District

    The Fenway Cultural District, Boston, MA
    Fenway-Kenmore eat nearby
  • Zaftigs Delicatessen

    Zaftigs Delicatessen

    335 Harvard St
    Non-Kosher, "new Jewish"-style restaurant.
    Allston-Brighton
  • 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
  • The Publick House

    The Publick House

    1648 Beacon St
    in Washington Square, Phone: +1 617-277-2880, [18]. Has great food and a huge selection of artisanal beers on tap and in bottles. Get your hard to find European beers and domestic micro-brews here. Come for the beer, stay for the mac and cheese and the Belgian-style frites.
    Allston-Brighton
  • Game On!

    Game On!

    82 Lansdowne St
    Opened in 2005, this bar has made a name for itself as a worthy competitor to Cask n' Flagon.
    Fenway-Kenmore
  • Mapparium

    175 Huntington Ave
    The Mary Baker Eddy Library at the world headquarters of the Christian Science Church houses a three story globe room where visitors can view a stained-glass map of the world from inside the center. Tu-Su 10AM-4PM. The $6 admission covers most of the museum and library.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill food nearby
  • Arnold Arboretum

    125 Arborway
    T stop: Orange Line or Needham commuter rail to "Forest Hills" (last stop on the Orange Line). Come see the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. A park with beautiful landscaping and specimens.
    Jamaica Plain eat nearby
  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum

    15 Newton Street
    $5/$3 students and seniors, under 6 free.
    Jamaica Plain restaurants nearby
  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library-Mapparium

    200 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
    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
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    280 The Fenway
    The villa-turned-museum of an eccentric Bostonian, the Gardner features an eclectic collection of European objects, beautiful floral displays, and was the site of a spectacular painting heist in 1990. $15, Students $5, Free on your birthday or if you're named "Isabella".
    Fenway-Kenmore eat nearby
  • Coolidge Corner

    Harvard St
    at Beacon St, Brookline. This shopping area is in the neighboring town of Brookline. A little less urban, more like your local village shops and restaurants. The Coolidge Corner Theater is known for showing interesting independent and art house films. Beacon Street has interesting shops along much of its length, generally concentrated near areas such as St. Mary's, Washington Sq., etc. One can also walk north from Coolidge Corner along Harvard St. (which becomes Harvard Av.) towards Allston-Brighton (and the B branch of the Green Line) for additional shopping and dining. Accessible on the C branch of the Green Line at the Coolidge Corner stop.
    Mattapan
  • Blessed Sacrament Church

    365 Centre Street
    [1] A stunning Italian Renaissance Revival church.
    Jamaica Plain food nearby
  • Harvard Art Museum

    32 Quincy St
    T-Sa 10AM-5PM. $9, $6 students.
    Roxbury eat nearby
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