Somerville Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Somerville; our list of the best things to see, including Museum of Science, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Improv Asylum.
  • The best place in Somerville: Museum of Science

    Museum of Science

    1 Science Park
    9AM-5PM daily (Summer until 7PM). $21 plus à la carte menu of attractions.
    Central food nearby
  • 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 eat nearby
  • Improv Asylum

    Improv Asylum

    216 Hanover St
    Famous dinner and comedy club.
    Central restaurants 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 food nearby
  • Saks Fifth Avenue

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    800 Boylston Street
    www.saks.com
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill
  • Old State House

    Old State House

    206 Washington St
    (T: State or Government Center), ☎ 617-720-1713. 9 AM to 5 PM (4 PM in Jan, 6 PM in July and Aug). $7. The former seat of government in Boston, and the oldest surviving building. In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place just in front of the State House, and in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians from the balcony.
    Central restaurants nearby
  • Nichols House Museum

    Nichols House Museum

    55 Mount Vernon St
    Admission: Adults: $7, Children under 12: Free.
    Back Bay-Beacon Hill 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
  • 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 restaurants nearby
  • TD Garden

    TD Garden

    Causeway St
    The home of the Boston Celtics basketball team [57] and Boston Bruins hockey team [58]. The site was previously occupied by the Boston Garden, a smaller venue, and the existing structure was previously called the FleetCenter and later the TD Banknorth Garden. The arena may be called by any of these names, or simply The Garden. Accessible on the Green Line or Orange Line at North Station, which is underneath the Garden.The TD Banknorth Garden is home to two of Boston’s most historic sports team the Boston Celtics and the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions the Boston Bruins. If you’re a sports buff visiting Boston and one of these two teams is playing it is a must that you stop by a catch a game. Whether you're sitting up high or down low finding a bad seat in the Garden is pretty hard for any sport even in last row you will still be able to see an exciting game in a very exciting atmosphere where history is made. Another notable annual sports event is the Beanpot college hockey tournament [59], held on the first two Mondays of February and featuring the men's teams of Boston College (see below), Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University.
    Central 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
  • Fenway Park

    Fenway Park

    4 Yawkey Way
  • Old South Meeting House

    Old South Meeting House

    310 Washington St
    (T: Downtown Crossing or State), ☎ 617-482-6439. 9:30 AM to 5 PM (Apr-Oct), 10 AM to 4 PM (Nov-Mar). $5. An important meeting place for centuries: currently a museum. In 1773, a group of colonists attacked a tea ship after a meeting here, in what became known as the Boston Tea Party.
    Central food nearby
  • Freedom Trail

    Freedom Trail

    99 Chauncy StSte 401
    This exciting 2.5 mile walking tour brings you to sixteen national historic sites from the times of the American Revolution. The ninety minute tour makes stops at famous locations including Paul Revere’s house, and Old North Church. Tour guides are easy to spot in their colonial style attire and make this learning experience fun and interesting for people of all ages. Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children. Tours are available seven days a week at noon and depart from the visitor information center in Boston common.
    Central 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
  • Panopticon Gallery

    Panopticon Gallery

    502c Commonwealth Ave
    Founded in 1971, Panopticon Gallery is one of the oldest galleries in the United States dedicated solely to photography. The gallery specializes in 20th Century American Photography and emerging contemporary photography.
    Central eat nearby
  • 31 December/1 January: First Night

    31 December/1 January: First Night

    Boston's New Year's Eve celebration, it is the oldest public New Year's Eve party in America and has been copied by cities all around the world. It is a city-wide, family-friendly arts and culture festival which starts in the late morning with child-centric events and continues with dozens of music, dance, poetry and other exhibitions through midnight, culminating in fireworks on the waterfront. Dress warmly.
    Central restaurants nearby
  • 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 food 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 eat nearby
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