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’.


Exhibition: In Pursuit of Excellence: The West End House

March 31st-August 22nd, 2015. @ The West End Museum. Reception on Friday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m.  Free and open to the public. In Pursuit of Excellence: The West End House in the Main Exhibit Hall features artifacts, photographs, oral history video and memorabilia representing…

Exhibition: The Legacy Of Lawrence Berk

April 21, 2015 thru June 20, 2015 Members’ Gallery @ The West End Museum Reception: Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 4-6pm. Reception is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Gallery East. Lawrence Berk grew up in the West End and is best known…

Jazz Week: The Trombone Giants +One George Garzone

Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 7pm @ The West End Museum $10 Donation / $5 Member Donation This concert features a sextet playing original compositions by John Licata. The group includes Licata and Michael Wang on trombone, George Garzone on tenor sax, John Arcaro on…

Film: Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm. A documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesizer instrument and his subsequent life after he was abducted by the KGB as well as a history of his instrument. Directed by Steven M. Martin 1995 83 minutes…

Jazz Week: Bright Moments

Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 7pm @ The West End Museum $10 Donation / $5 Member Donation This concert presents a sextet playing the music of Charles Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.