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Culture in Boston

As the capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in the US Boston is a great place for anyone who wants to add a touch of culture to their great American adventure. Culture in Boston is plentiful and whether you prefer performing arts or visual arts the city has plenty to see. Just make sure you book somewhere to sleep with so you can rest your brain in between.

New Center for Arts and Culture

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The New Center for Arts and Culture offers performances, art and ideas to explore universal themes, but through a Jewish lens. The programs put on here reflect the spirit of modern Jewish culture and repackage it to entertain both a Jewish audience and the broader community too. The innovative programming at the New Center for Arts and Culture takes advantage of Boston’s deep artistic, academic and intellectual infrastructure to enhance the depth and richness of the output. Visit the Center and you can learn more about the community outreach programs, enjoy the performances and find out how you can get involved too.

Museum of Fine Arts

Current and past exhibitions include the likes of Dancing with Renoir, Manet in Black and Paper Zoo – all revolutionary displays for their time. Programs for kids, teens, schools and the community are popular here and they have information on collections of textiles, musical instruments and jewellery, among other things. You can join in with one off lectures or sign up for a fully-fledged course. It’s a great museum for inspiration and education. Enjoy!

The National Center of Afro-American Artists

Just outside Boston you’ll find the National Center of Afro-American Artists – the Museum on NCAAA for short. The museum curates the best in contemporary, visual and performing arts from the global black world. It’s dedicated to the celebration, exhibition, collection and criticism of black visual arts heritage worldwide. Pay the $3 entry fee and you can spend the day admiring the paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography and decorative arts that pepper the building. You can’t miss the Eternal Presence – a huge head set in the garden to celebrate human creativity and spirituality.

Boston Opera House

From the top touring Broadway shows to Boston Ballet performances and famed New England concerts the Boston Opera House hosts them all. The building opened in 1928 to much joy and acclaim and with a recent $54million restoration the Boston Opera House will continue to entertain for years to come. Look out for shows like Sister Act, The Book of Mormon and Wicked in 2013. There are plenty of restaurants nearby if you fancy really making a night of it, including fajitas, pizzas and steaks too.

The Cutler Majestic Theatre

You don’t even have to be seeing a show here to be able to admire the beautiful building. The 1903 Beaux Arts style theater is an incredible performing arts center for Emerson College and the wider community too.

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Opera Boston regularly performs here as does the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus and the Teatro Lirico D’Europa too. It’s one of Boston’s historic landmarks and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The small, ornate theatrical space is a definite favourite among the locals.

There is a huge variety of excellent hostels in and around Boston so make the most of your time there by checking in to a great value accommodation.

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