Boston Things to Do: Museums and Revolutionary History

With so much history, it is no wonder that museums make up a lot of the best things to do in Boston. Whether you want to explore the city's revolutionary history, enjoy an afternoon of fine art or learn about science, there is something for everyone in Boston's extensive museum culture. Here are some of the most notable museums in the city near your Boston bed and breakfast.

Paul Revere House
19 North Square
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-2338

The only 17th century house in the neighborhood, you can visit this historic site to witness the location from which Paul Revere famously began his midnight journey. Together with the Pierce/Hichborn House, which is adjacently located, the visitor receives a fascinating look into the everyday life of regular Bostonians circa the American Revolution, and it's located just a short trip from your Boston inn.

Historic New England
141 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-3956

35 house museums all preserved and restored makes up this impressive and authentic site that gives the visitor a firsthand look into some of the families and past that made New England and Boston what they are today.

Old State House
206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 720-1713

This building was home to the debates of Samuel Adams, John Hancock and John Adams as they sought to define the future of the British colonies. It was from this building's balconies that the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in 1776. After a short-lived chapter as a state house for the new Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as a post office, shopping arcade and city hall, the building has been a museum since 1881. Two floors of exhibits that include tea from the Boston Tea Party and John Hancock's coat work to tell the history of this building that played a vital role in the American Revolution.

Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 482-6439

Credited as the site where the Boston Tea Party started, this building was originally built to be a Puritan meeting house in 1729. It served as a meeting place for many historical debates, including the tea tax debates that set the stage for the American Revolution.  

The Commonwealth Museum
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 727-9268

BBonline recommends a stop at this state museum, showcasing the history and people of Massachusetts. This is a great primer to get a nice overview of the city, state and region's varied and colorful history.

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

Boasting an impressive collection of both rare and important art pieces, this is one museum not to be missed for any lover of art. Complete with 450,000 pieces, the museum's Asian scrolls and Egyptian mummies are particularly notable, as well as the sizable collection of paintings from masters the world over.

John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
(866) JFK.1960

In this official memorial for President John F Kennedy, period settings and 3 theaters help set the stage for the historical events of his presidency and life. A phenomenal architectural masterpiece, the 10 acre oceanfront park that the museum sits on offers a great location to enjoy a panoramic shot of both the Boston skyline and the Boston Harbor. 

Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston MA  02210
(617) 426-6500

BBonline suggests that families with young children escape into this learning fun-place for the afternoon. With a mix of activities and exhibits from art to science, there is something here for every child. This is a great place to take kids for a first museum experience, and there are many special programs throughout the year highlighting science, arts, culture and the environment.