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In a state filled with countless tokens of American history, the cultural attractions in Massachusetts are endless. From museums and art galleries to national landmarks and live music venues, expect to feel inspired as you tour some of the best things to do in the Bay State.
Music & Theater Venues in Massachusetts
Let the sounds of music bring joy to Massachusetts, and with multiple venues to do so, it’s easy to attend your favorite show. Located harbor-side just adjacent to Rowes Wharf, the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston is a concertgoers dream. With its jaw-dropping backdrop of the Boston Skyline and a seating capacity of 5,000, there is no better venue to watch a summer concert than at this Live Nation outdoor amphitheater. Make your way into Mansfield, MA and be sure to check out the Xfinity Center for more live performances, usually from May through September. As on of the top music venues in Massachusetts, this impressive outdoor amphitheater plays host to mega artists from yesterday and today.
Bringing live theater and music to the city of Boston for over 80 years, the Boston Opera House continues to bring magical performances in an opulent setting. After a $54 Million renovation, this opera house continues to showcase the hottest Broadway productions, concerts, dance, and theater to Bean Town. The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield boasts top of the line acoustics and charming gilded age architecture. When you visit the Colonial Theater, you'll be treated to performances by the Berkshire Theater Group, who seeks to enrich the lives of locals and visitors through performances in music, dance and theatre. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester brings an impressive lineup, from concerts, Broadway, ballet, family shows and live theater productions. In 2011, the theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places due to its renovation and restorations.
Museums in Massachusetts
There are wonderful museums in Massachusetts for the likes of all ages and any interest. Perfect for the whole family, visitors of the Boston Museum of Science will be amazed as they explore the universe through interactive exhibits, IMAX & tours. Located in Science Park, this discovery and fun zone will entertain and mystify those curious about electricity, wildlife, space travel, and astronomy. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has one of the world's largest impressionist collections and is one of the most eclectic and all encompassing art museums in the world. With more than one million visitors each year and close to 450,000 works of art, tour through works by Monet and unique Asian & Egyptian art collections, to more contemporary pieces of today.
Founded in 1886, the Concord Museum is an ideal destination for those who enjoy the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau – both noted authors area highly featured at the museum. Also among the displayed artifacts are powder horns, muskets, fifes, and cannonballs from the American Revolution.
On your next visit to western Massachusetts, explore and celebrate the life and work of famed artist Normal Rockwell. Head to Stockbridge and explore the Normal Rockwell Museum. Noted as the home of the largest collection of Rockwell originals (998 in total), the Normal Rockwell Museum was founded in 1969 and is a very popular destination for art lovers who visit MA.
Finally, any trip to Massachusetts should be met with a trip to Plymouth, home of the Plimoth Plantation. Enjoy exploring this living museum near the coast, while gaining unique insight into the lives of English colonists who first settled at Plymouth Colony in the 17th century. They would later become known as Pilgrims. As you explore the Plimoth Plantation, be sure to check out the Nye Barn – you won't want to miss out on historical breeds of equine.