Happy Holidays to all our patrons!

The West End Museum will be closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1st. We thank everyone who attended our events in 2014 a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you…

Exhibition: The New West Enders & Other Green Monsters

With images by photographer Lolita Parker, Jr., The New West Enders & Other Green Monsters documents the rapid-fire changes in Boston’s West End over the past 16 years. Set against a backdrop of Garden events,…

Talk: Always Something Doing & Scollay Square

Based on David Kruth’s two books on Scollay Square (Always Something Doing and Scollay Square) this slide show describes the evolution of the part of Boston where everyone went – but few admitted it! From…

Exhibit: The Circus:A West End Tradition

December 2nd 2014 to January 31st, 2015 100 years before the Ringling Brothers Circus opened at the Boston Garden (c1929), an equestrian circus with jugglers, acrobats and clowns performed at the Stewart’s American Amphitheatre on…

Exhibit: 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…

Exhibit: Bulfinch: Boston & Beyond

Tuesday, July 8th to Saturday, December 27th, 2014. The West End Museum will premiere a new exhibit, Bulfinch: Boston & Beyond, recalling and celebrating how Charles Bulfinch (1763–‐1844) shaped Boston’s enduring style and infrastructure as…

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’.

Programs

Happy Holidays to all our patrons!

The West End Museum will be closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1st. We thank everyone who attended our events in 2014 a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Talk: Always Something Doing & Scollay Square

Thursday, February 5th at 6:30 pm Pre-registration is required. Registration is free. Register for this event>> Based on David Kruth’s two books on Scollay Square (Always Something Doing and Scollay Square) this slide show describes the evolution of the part of Boston where everyone went…

Film: Bound By Flesh

2012 95 minutes January 29 at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Registration is free. Register for this event>> This remarkable documentary tells the amazing story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who rose to superstardom at the beginning of the 20th century as sideshow…

Film: Water for Elephants

2010 120 minutes Director: Allen Coulter January 22 at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Registration is free Register for this event>> After his parents’ death, Jacob Jankowski is left penniless and homeless. Events lead him to joining the circus as their vet, working under their…

Exhibition: The New West Enders & Other Green Monsters

January 6 through February 28, 2015 Reception: Thursday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m @ The West End Museum Pre-registration is required for the reception. Registration is free. Register for this event >> With images by photographer Lolita Parker, Jr., The New West Enders & Other…

Exhibit: The Circus: A West End Tradition

December 2nd 2014 to January 31st, 2015 Reception: December 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM @ The West End Museum Pre-registration is required for the reception. Registration is free. Register for this event >> 100 years before the Ringling Brothers Circus opened at the Boston…