Boston Events and Activities

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Credit: Das Nili (CC3.0)

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission. 

A vote for events and activities will take place online starting in the summer.

Museums and Historical Sites

Museum of Fine Arts

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Credit: Beyond My Ken (CC4.0)

Avenue of the Arts 465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617 267 9300
mfa.org

Monday-Tuesday 10 AM-5 PM, Wednesday-Friday 10 AM-10 PM, Saturday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM

The fifth largest museum in the United States, the Museum of Fine Arts contains more than 450,000 works of art. Highlights include 18th- and 19th-century American art, Native American work, British illustrated books, prints, and drawings, Chinese paintings and calligraphy, Dutch Golden Age paintings, Egyptian artifacts, French impressionist and post-impressionist works, and the largest museum collection of Japanese works under one roof in the world outside Japan.

Adults $25, Seniors (65+) $23, Members Free, Children 6 and Under Free

Students (18+) $23, free admission to University Membership program members and New Hampshire and Maine resident students

Youths 7-17 $10, free on weekends, free weekdays after 3 PM, free on Boston public school holidays

Institute of Contemporary Art

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Credit: Smart Destinations (CC2.0)

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA  02210
617 478 3100
icaboston.org

Friday-Wednesday 10 AM-5 PM, Thursday 10 AM-9 PM 

The ICA’s 65,000-square-foot building features a dramatic folding ribbon form and a cantilever that extends to the water’s edge. The design weaves together interior and exterior space, producing shifting perspectives of the waterfront throughout the museum’s galleries and public spaces. The ICA showcases 20th- and 21st-century art in every imaginable medium, including film and video, music, literature, and dance. 

Free for students, faculty, staff, and ICA members and ICA university members, $15 General Admission, $13 Seniors 60+, $10 Students

African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill

African Meeting House.

Monday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM

Built in the early 1800s, these are two of the Museum of African American History’s most valuable assets. Located in what once was the heart of Boston’s African American community, these buildings remain a showcase of black community organization and enduring testimony to black craftsmanship. The African Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark, was the site of the first African Baptist Church of Boston and is now the oldest extant black church building in America. The Abiel Smith School, the nation’s first public school for African American children, currently houses a first-class exhibit space.

Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Students and Seniors 62+, Free for Members and Children 12 and Under. Group rates available.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Tea Party Museum.

306 Congress Street
Boston, MA  02210
866 955 0667
bostonteapartyship.com

Sunday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM

Tracing Boston's colonial history, this museum features exhibits, group tours, Abigail's Tea Room--as well as the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party and the chance to dump tea yourself into the sea.

Admission: $29.95 Adults, $21.95 Children 5-12

Discounts available with the Old South Meeting House and Trolley Tour packages

Salem Witch Museum

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Credit: Francesca.hyanna19

197-201 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
978 741 7770
witchhistorymuseum.com

April-November Sunday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM

This museum features dioramas and first-person narrations to offer little-known information about the 19 accused witches put to death in 1692 and the hysteria around these executions.

Admission: $8 

Peabody Essex Museum

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Credit: Fletcher6 (CC3.0)

East India Square
161 Essex Street
866-745-1876
pem.org

Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM

More than 200 years old, the Peabody Essex Museum celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding, and interpreting objects of art and culture from around the world in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind, and stimulate the senses. It presents the earliest collections of Native American and Oceanic art in the United States, as well as historic houses and gardens and one of the United States' major museums for Asian art.

Admission: $15 Adults, $14 Seniors 65+, $9 Students with ID, Free for Youths under 16, Members, Salem residents, EBT Card to Culture program members, active-duty National Guard and Reserve military personnel, $15 for Late Nights after 5 PM

New England Aquarium

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Credit: Beyond My Ken (CC4.0)

1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
617 973 5200
neaq.org

Reservations available November 1-March 31 Monday-Saturday 9 AM-4:30 PM

With more than 1.3 million visitors per year, the Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation, a catalyst for global change through public engagement, commitment to marine animal conservation, leadership in education, innovative scientific research, and effective advocacy for vital and vibrant oceans. Exhibits feature seals, coral reefs, giant squids, penguins, touch tanks, and the IMAX Theatre.

Aquarium Admission: $31 Adults, $22 Children 3-11, $29 Senior 60+, Free Children Under 3 and Aquarium Members

IMAX Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Children 3-11, $8 Senior 60+, $9 Adult Members, $7 Children Members 3-11

Museum of Science

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Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki (CC3.0)

1 Science Park
Boston, MA  02114
617 723 2500
mos.org

Saturday-Thursday 9 AM-5 PM, Friday 9 AM-9 PM

The Museum of Science is committed to deepening the public’s relationship with science and technology by leading efforts throughout the United States and abroad, in both formal and informal educational arenas, to redefine the roles that science centers can play. Features include a planetarium, IMAX theater, butterfly garden, 360-degree dynamic simulators, and the 65-million-year-old fossil, Triceratops Cliff.

Museum Admission: $26 Adults 12+, $21 Children 3-11, $22 Seniors 60+

4-D films, IMAX films, and Planetarium tickets sold separately

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Credit: Biruitorul

25 Evans Way
Boston, MA  02115
617 566 1401
gardnermuseum.org

Monday 11 AM-5 PM, Wednesday 11 AM-5 PM, Thursday 11 AM-9 PM, Friday-Monday 11 AM-5 PM

Originally the home of its namesake, this museum features significant examples of European, Asian, and American art, infamous for the 13 works stolen from its collection. Other activities include the concert series and the interior courtyard. Fun discount opportunities available for people named Isabella, visitors on their birthday, and anyone wearing Red Sox paraphernalia.

$15 Adults, $12 Seniors 65+, $10 College Students with current ID

Free for Children 17 and under, Gardner Museum Members, University Membership Program participants, people named Isabella, US military and their families, and anyone on their birthday with their ID

Free admission first full weekend of the month with an active Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit or credit card with valid photo ID

Discount opportunities with the Go Boston Card

$2 off price of regular adult or senior admission when wearing Red Sox paraphernalia or with EBT card with photo ID

Half-price adult discount or buy one get one free adult tickets when showing Massachusetts Teachers Association membership card

Boston Public Garden

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Credit: Muns (CC3.0)

4 Charles Street
Boston, MA  02116
617 635 4505
boston.gov/parks/public-garden

The first public botanical garden in America, this English landscape-style garden features a pond, seasonal plantings, and numerous statues, including the 1869 Equestrian Statue of George Washington.

Live Performances

rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet

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Credit: Rachel Neville Photography

19 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA  02116
617 695 6955
bostonballet.org

February 27-March 8, 2020
Tickets on sale August 12, 2019

rEVOLUTION showcases three pioneering choreographers who epitmize the ever-evolving tradition of dance: George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe. This dyanamic program features three of their works that pushed classical form forward andd definitively changed the course of ballet.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA  02115
617 266 1492
bso.org

Thorvaldsdottir, Prokofiev, and Sibelius
Conductor: Hannu Lintu
Piano: Seong-Jin Cho

Open Rehearsal: Thursday, March 5, 10:30 AM
Performances: Thursday, March 5, 8 PM; Friday, March 6, 1:30 PM; Saturday, March 7, 8 PM
Tickets on sale August 5, 2019, at 10 AM

Seong-Jin Cho.

Seong-Jin Cho

Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu and the BSO are joined by the young Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, 2015 winner of the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition. In his BSO debut, he performs Prokofiev’s difficult but sparkling Piano Concerto No. 2. Hannu Lintu also leads the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2, probably his most widely popular symphony. The composer’s folk-music-influenced but unique and sophisticated voice is clearly heard in this beloved piece. Lintu also introduces to the BSO repertoire music by the contemporary Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose work has a physical, protean power not unrelated to Sibelius’ music. She earned her doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, and her music has been performed by such ensembles as the New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin philharmonic orchestras.

Orpheum Theatre

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Credit: Jim Reynolds (CC2.0)

1 Hamilton Place
Boston, MA  02108
617 482 0106
events.crossroadspresents.com/venues/orpheum-theatre

The Orpheum Theater began as the Music Hall in 1852 and served as the original home of the New England Conservatory. A schedule of live performances will be listed here in September 2019.

Boston Lyric Opera

Boston Lyric Opera at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

617 542 4912
blo.org

The BLO is the largest, longest-lived operate company in New England. Since its founding in 1976, the company has staged national and global premieres, co-productions, and co-commissions with organizations such as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Scottish Opera. A schedule of live performances will be listed here in September 2019.

Library and Archive Tours

Free public tours of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square

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(C) Daniel P B Smith

700 Boylston St
Boston, MA  02116
617 536 5400
https://www.bpl.org/locations/3

Tours begin:

Mondays at 2:30 PM
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Wednesdays at 11:00 AM
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Fridays at 11:00 AM
Saturdays at 11:00 AM
Sundays at 2:00 PM

The Boston Public Library offers daily tours highlighting the architecture of its famed National Landmark building by Charles Follen McKim as well as art treasures by Daniel Chester French and John Singer Sargent. Free one-hour tours are offered to the public by trained volunteer guides. Reservations for private tours required for parties of eight or more people.

Boston University Libraries

Boston University Libraries.

bu.edu/library

Boston University's commitment to global awareness and scholarship is reflected in the library system. The African Studies Library is one of the premiere African research libraries in the country and includes documents and newspapers from many African countries, literature in various African languages, and scholarship about African countries, cultures, and languages. The University Libraries' collections contain more than 2.4 million physical volumes, 45,000 current unique serials titles, and 77,000 media titles. The collections of the Theology Library are particularly strong in missiology, hymnology, liturgy, and worship, and the history of the United Methodist Church. In addition to a broad collection of primary federal and state legal sources, the Law Library has developed an extensive international law collection with emphasis upon materials dealing with the European Union, the United Nations, international trade, and human rights.

Northeastern University Snell Library

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Credit: Le T

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115
617 373 8778
library.northeastern.edu

Sunday 10 AM-11 PM, Monday-Thursday 8 AM-11 PM, Friday 8 AM-9 PM, Saturday 9 AM-5 PM

The Northeastern University Library includes almost a half million printed books and numerous archives documenting the history of Boston. It is a member of the Boston Library Consortium, a group of research libraries in the Greater Boston area.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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Credit: Fcb981 (CC3.0)

Columbia Point 
Boston, MA 02125 
1 866 535 1960 
jfklibrary.org/

Sunday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of the 35th United States President and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of Kennedy.

Admission: Adults $14, Seniors 62+ $12, College Students with ID $12, Massachusetts College/University Students with ID $6, Youth/Teens 13-17 $10, US Armed Forces Veterans $4 off, Edward M. Kennedy Institute visitors $2 off, EBT Card to Culture Program $4 per person age 12 and up for up to 4 people per valid card.

Free admission for children 12 and under, CAC carriers of the US Armed Forces, New England students K-12 on a group visit or tour, members of the Kennedy Library, any National Archives Presidential Libraries, or the Kennedy Library New Frontier Network.

Discounts available for groups 12 or more.

Additional special offers with the Go Boston Card, Boston Duck Tours, and the Museum Pass Program.

Harvard University Libraries

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Credit: John Phelan (CC3.0)

Harvard University Libraries strive to make their world class research resources available to as many qualified researchers as possible. The collections are home to rare, unique materials found nowhere else, ranging from institutional to personal archives across five centuries and representing materials across all formats, featuring colonial North American materials, early photography of Japan, and Chilean protest murals. The collections of the Houghton Library encompass wonderfully diverse holdings such as ostraca, daguerreotypes, and the working papers of living novelists and poets. Houghton Library regularly exhibits highlights from its collections in the Edison and Newman Room. These often include the personal effects, notes, books, and other objects of interest from authors such as Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Dante, Tennessee Williams, Goethe, Cervantes, and Lewis Carroll.

Tours and Neighborhoods

Freedom Trail

USS Constitution.

617 357-8300
thefreedomtrail.org

Experience Boston's iconic 2.5-mile red line leading to 16 nationally significant historic sites. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1951, the Freedom Trail is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.  Today the Freedom Trail is a world-renowned, signature tourist experience attracting over 4 million people annually to visit Boston's precious 17th-, 18th- , and 19th-century sites. Stops include the Bunker Hill Monument and Museum; the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat; Faneuil Hall, part of Boston National Historic Park, site of several speeches by Samuel Adams and others leading up to the American Revolution; and Quincy Market, a popular food and retail complex.

Admission: $12 Adults; $10 Seniors 60+, Students 13-18, or College Students with Valid ID; $6.50 Children 6-12

Chinatown

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Credit: Ingfbruno (CC3.0)

boston.com/travel/boston/neighborhoods/chinatown/

In the 1880s, the first Chinese immigrants arrived in Boston, settling in what is now known as “Ping On Alley.” Today, nestled between Downtown Crossing and the South End, Chinatown provides visitors with a variety of Asian history and cuisine. History, family, food, tradition make for a rich mix in one of the city’s oldest and yet ever-changing neighborhoods.

Salem

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Credit: SalemPuritan (CC4.0)

Founded in 1626 by Roger Conant, Salem has a rich history that includes a key role in the spice trade with the East Indies, being the birthplace of the National Guard and the home of the infamous Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. Today, Salem is a vibrant urban community with a bustling downtown full of an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Salem is also home to the Salem Witch Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Italian North End

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Credit: Victorgrigas (CC3.0)

One of Boston’s most culturally rich neighborhoods, the North End is often referred to as Boston’s “Little Italy.” This one-square-mile waterfront community is known for its fine dining, amazing cafés, delicious gelato, and colorful personalities. The area is adjacent to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace and meeting spot for over 250 years. Bordered by the waterfront, Government Center, Haymarket and the North End, the neighborhood is known for its huge shopping area, sidewalk performances during the summer, and a well-traveled part of Boston’s “Freedom Trail.” 

Boston Women’s Heritage Trail

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Credit: Bob Linsdell (CC3.0)

bwht.org

This historic trek takes visitors through fascinating slices and stories from Boston’s illustrious past, highlighting the work of women, from household names like Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, Amelia Earhart, Louisa May Alcott, and Rose Kennedy, to less-familiar leaders like Chew Shee Chin, Julia O’Connor, Clementine Langone, and Melnea Cass. Self-guided and private tours available.

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

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Credit: NewtonCourt (CC4.0)

185 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA  02111
617 292 0020
rosekennedygreenway.org

The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston supported by the non-profit Greenway Conservancy. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway has a number of offerings for visitors, including seven water features to cool off in, a number of renowned food trucks and carts offering a variety of distinctive and affordable dining options, as well as one of the largest free public Wi-Fi networks in the Commonwealth. Now open, a new carousel with characters—cod, lobster, squirrel,  skunk, and more—inspired by the drawings of Boston school children. The Conservancy also partners with cultural institutions and non-profit organizations to create events geared toward multi-generational and multi-cultural audiences. Events have included the FIGMENT participatory art festival, Boston Local Food Fest, Boston-NY Food Truck Throwdown, Summer on the Waterfront, and Berklee College of Music Concert Series. Private tours available.

Kelleher Rose Garden

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Credit: Markt3

73 Park Drive
Boston, MA  02215
617 522 2700
emeraldnecklace.org

Conveniently located around major Boston universities and colleges, the Back Bay Fens is a picturesque park that includes the Parker Victory Gardens, the Roberto Clemente Monument, and the Kelleher Rose Garden. 

Charles River Esplanade

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Credit: Daderot

esplanade.org

This Back Bay state park is a Boston Landmark, offering scenic walks and photographic opportunities looking over the Charles River.

Boston Harbor and Whale Watching Cruises

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Credit: Beyond My Ken (CC2.5)

1 Long Wharf
1 877 733 9425
bostonharborcruises.com

Boston is a city like no other—and it has ocean sights to match. Learn about the history of the Boston waterfront like no one else can. Whether you’re looking for a romantic sunset excursion or a unique perspective on the USS Constitution, let Boston Harbor Cruises be your guide. Or set sail for the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and other marine creatures, and learn about them from New England Aquarium naturalists who are always on board to share knowledge, answer your questions and explain the mind-blowing behaviors of these truly magnificent mammals.

Boston Tours

Boston Trolley.

For more than 30 years, Old Town Trolley has provided Boston sightseeing tours highlighting the best of the city. Friendly conductors provide fascinating trivia and humorous local stories. A tour includes free admission to the Old State House Museum, the Dreamland Wax Museum, and discounts to other museums and Boston sites.

Admission: $28.45-$94.00 Adults, with free or discounted admission to numerous local museums

Harvard Square

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Credit: Caroline Culler (CC4.0)

Near the center of Cambridge itself, this neighborhood features numerous museums, libraries, and theaters, including the Harvard Art Museums, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Museum of Natural History, the Cambridge Public Library, and the Longfellow House.

Family Entertainment

Boston Children's Museum

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Credit: openroads.com (CC2.0)

308 Congress Street
Boston, MA  02210
617 426 6500
bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Saturday-Thursday 10 AM-5 PM, Friday 10 AM-9 PM

The second oldest and one of the largest children’s museums in the world, its exhibits and programs emphasize hands-on engagement and learning through experience, employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children. The Museum’s collections and exhibits of natural history, Native American studies, Afro Caribbean studies, and Japanese artifacts encompass more than 50,000 items. Children and families can make art together in the studio, enter the world of Marc Brown's beloved book series Arthur, make and float or even stretch bubbles, construct their own city with trucks and diggers, or see the life-size animatronic Dilophosaurus.

$17 Children and Adults Ages 1+, $1 Children and Adults Ages 1+ Fridays 5-9 PM, Free Infants under 12 months

Franklin Park Zoo

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Credit: Beyond My Ken (CC4.0)

1 Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA  02121
617 541 5466
zoonewengland.org/franklin-park-zoo

Daily 10 AM-4 PM

This zoo contains more than 200 species of animals from around the world, including gorillas, crocodiles, lemurs, giraffes, lions, kangaroos, flamingos, and llamas.

$21.95 Adults, $19.95 Seniors 62+, $14.95 Children 2-12, Free for Members and Children under 2