Boston Massachusetts: Art Tour in a Modern City
By Renan Leahy
You know that kind of place you visit and it leaves you fascinated by its cultural wealth and how much its residents value the art and culture? Boston exudes this feeling. One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the United States, the state capital of Massachusetts is a true melting pot pulsating art and culture everywhere, and the proud Bostonians take pleasure in sharing it.
A Sample of the Museum of Fine Arts
It would take months to explore the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in its entirety. The museum is stunningly grandiose and houses one of the most comprehensive collections in the world, with more than 450,000 works dating from ancient Egypt to contemporary pieces, special exhibitions and innovative educational programs.
More than a million people visit its famous galleries every year, and whichever you choose to see will be sublime. On my recent visit, I decided to see masterpieces by some of my favorite painters such as Renoir, Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Van Gogh. A fascinating experience!
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
My next stop was at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Founded in the early 20th century, the museum takes its name from a wealthy arts enthusiast who traveled the world in search of the works you can see there today. Its three floors of galleries exhibit a fantastic collection of more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare books and decorative art. The very building that houses the museum was designed as an architectural masterpiece, mimicking the Venetian style of the 15th century, highlighted on the splendid courtyard gardens.
Fenway Park, a Baseball Mecca
People’s habits reflect local culture, and their relation to sports is a genuine manifestation of culture. Boston teams have a legion of passionate fans, and even if you are like me and do not understand baseball very much, you will be taken by rapturous Red Sox fans at Fenway Park. For more than 100 years, it has been one of the most iconic stadiums in the country. You’ll especially enjoy the festive mood that takes over Lansdowne Street before and after each game.
Faneuil Hall, Boston Common and Public Garden
Finally, there is no way to talk about Boston without mentioning the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of the most important sites in the story of American Independence, now teeming with bars, restaurants, shops and street performers. I especially liked that the marketplace offers recognizable name brands alongside locally owned stores and goods. And just down the road, the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden public parks, located side-by-side in the heart of the city, attract thousands of people every day seeking leisure and cultural activities in this urban hub.
Boston is undoubtedly one of the most impressive cities in the United States. Come visit and let yourself fall in love with this place.