The Old West End

The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston.

The history of the West End is one of a largely immigrant neighborhood displaced or destroyed by ‘Urban Renewal‘ in a campaign that saw a third of Boston’s downtown demolished between 1958 and 1960, but it’s also the history of a diverse community that produced several influential people, boasted a unique culture and included many places of historical significance.

Our mission is not only to preserve this history for old West Enders and their families, but to invite members of the wider community to engage with this history, to learn from it and explore the wider culture and meaning of ‘The Greatest Neighborhood This Side of Heaven’.

Special Events

West End Museum to Host Jazz Week Concert Featuring The John Licata Quartet

West End Museum to Host Jazz Week Concert Featuring The John Licata Quartet

The West End Museum is taking part in Greater Boston’s Jazz Week by hosting A Night of Original Compositions by John Licata…

Membership Meet-Up and Silent Auction

“Celebrate Summer” Thursday, June 5th, 2014 – 6:30-9:30 PM @…

The Spaces Between: Urban renewal and planning in the 20th century

Panel Discussion and short film: The problems with displacement Tuesday,…

Tours of The Transitioning Neighborhood

The West End Museum is pleased to announce a series…

Programs

Urban Renewal and Urban Planning Across the Nation Film Series.

The West End Museum is pleased to announce a film series focusing on Urban Renewal in the United States. The West End of Boston was only one neighborhood in our country that was/is affected by eminent domain and urban renewal and this film series intends…

Tour: “Exhibit Tour of ‘A Neighborhood in Transition’”

Thursday, April 24th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Cost: $7 Members/ $15 Non-Members The West End urban renewal program took place over a thirty year period starting in the mid 1950’s. The first phase of slum clearance, which demolished fifty acres of residential housing,…

Discussion & Slide Presentation: More Charles Frani Photos of a Neighborhood in Transition

Tuesday, April 29; 6:30 to 8:30pm @ West End Museum Cost: FREE The Museum’s exhibit, A Neighborhood in Transition: 1961-1980, features about two dozen Charles Frani photographs that portray major changes in the West End over the course of the two decades. Exhibit Co-Curator Duane…

Short Film NIght: “Jane Jacobs in her own words”

Friday, May 2th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Read More Cost: FREE To kickstart Jane’s Walk weekend: we present a series of interviews with renowned journalist and author. Jane Jacobs’ “Death and Life of Great American Cities” is a classic and scathing criticism of…

Walking Tour: “Remnants of Urban Renewal”

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 1pm-3pm @ West End Museum Cost: $7 Members/$15 Non-Members The term ‘urban renewal’ has become synonymous with Boston’s West End. In the late 1950′s and early 1960′s, more than 50-acres of tenement housing was demolished under the process of ‘slum clearance’…

Discussion Panel: “Urban Planning in Boston Today”

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Cost: FREE A group of Boston Urban Planners comes to the West End Museum to discuss the current theories surrounding the state of Urban planning in Boston. Pre-registration is required Register for this event >> Please…

Museum Talk: Benjamin Ross : “Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism”

Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Cost: FREE The destruction of the West End and its replacement by the sterile towers of Charles River Park was a key turning point in how America thinks about its cities. The old neighborhoods were so…

Family Workshop presented with the Vilna Shul: Sights of the West

Sunday, May 18th, 2014, 12pm- 2pm @ West End Museum and the Vilna Shul Cost: FREE A workshop designed for children in the second through fourth grades — Join us for a day of history fun just for kids! The West End Museum and the…

Author Talk: Lorenz Finison: Boston’s Cycling Craze 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Cost: FREE The author’s new book, Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society, reveals that bicycling in the 1890s was bound up in the “Ends” of Boston, North, South, and West. A…

Book Talk: ” Low Art Tile: John Gardiner Low and the Artists of Boston’s Gilded Age”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Read More Cost: FREE Richard Pennington, the author of Low Art Tile – John Gardner Low & the artists of Boston’s Gilded Age, will speak about the makers of “Chelsea Tile.” The Low company operated from…