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’.

See a video of former West Ender Judy (Schneider) Slater describing her ties to the old neighborhood, what The West End Museum means to her family and her hope to reconnect with old friends.


The West End Museum Celebrates Italian Heritage Month

October 2016. @ The West End Museum The West End Museum is hosting events celebrating Italian Heritage Month for the seventh consecutive year. Prior to the demolition of Boston’s West End during urban renewal, many Italian-American families called the neighborhood home. The Museum honors this…

Film: In the Name of the Pope King (In Nome del Papa Re)

Wednesday, October 26; 7:00 p.m. @ The West End Museum. 1977; Drama/History/Romance; Rated R; Italian (English Subtitles); Director: Luigi Magni; Stars Nino Manfredi, Danilo Mattei, Carmen Scarpitta It is 1867 in Rome, and General Garibaldi’s rebels are brewing a revolution to overthrow the Pope’s secular…

Exhibition: School Days in the West End

Now through December 2016. @ The West End Museum. Between 1800 and 1975, no fewer than 20 schools called Boston’s West End home. Following urban renewal, the last school in the community—the Peter Faneuil School—closed, and there has not been another public school in the…

Exhibition: From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway

May 31 through December 2016. Public transportation has shaped life in Boston and its neighborhoods since the first English settlers arrived in the early 17th century. Its evolution over the course of more than 200 years is a fascinating tale of continuously rising demand, financial…

Rent The Museum

Did you know you can rent The West End Museum for meetings, receptions, luncheons and lectures?

Exhibition: The Last Tenement

“The Last Tenement” exhibition, originally set up in 1992 at the Old State House by the Bostonian Society through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and relocated to the West End Museum in 2006, is now permanently housed in its own dedicated…