Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace
These two major gathering spots for visitors to Boston are actually four buildings: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market. The place is teeming with shoppers, diners and sightseers during the day and at night. Millions of visitors come here each year, where they are entertained by an assortment of jugglers, magicians, mimes and bands. As it’s almost always crowded, it’s recommended that you arrive either in the morning or late afternoon.
Boston Tea Party Ship
The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum is home to a replica of one of the three ships stormed by patriots in 1773 in rebellion against new taxes imposed by the British on tea. Disguised as Mohawk Indians, they boarded the ships and dumped the tea crates into the harbor. The Beaver II is an exact replica of the original Beaver I, one of the three ships involved in the ‘Boston Tea Party.’
Boston boasts a large number of top-rate museums, with three of the best being the Children’s Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Interactive, educational exhibits are featured at the Children’s Museum, providing entertainment for children of all ages, from preschoolers to teens. Of particular interest are the bubble exhibit, a climbing wall, a two storey climbing maze, a construction site and also a fun play space for toddlers.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is housed in a magnificent Venetian-style palazzo, and boasts nearly 2000 priceless objects, including tapestries, and Italian Renaissance and 17th century Dutch paintings. The museum is a testimony to the artistic taste of this one woman. It was stipulated on her death that nothing in the museum could be changed.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is considered one of the best in the US. Its vast galleries emphasize American painting and decorative arts, Asian treasures and European painting – including a permanent collection of French impressionists. Particularly noteworthy is the museum’s collection of American art, which includes works by John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper.