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

Exhibition: In Pursuit of Excellence: The West End House

March 31st-Sptember 5th, 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: Tide Power in Colonial Boston

July 14 through September 19, 2015 Show Reception-July 21st at 6 PM-Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. To fuel mills for producing flour, fabric, lumber and even chocolate, innovators in colonial Boston turned to the…

Exhibition: Dewey Defeats Truman/The Housing Act of 1949

September 15, 2015 to January 9, 2016. Show Reception-September 24 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. With the modern-day 24-hour news cycle, it’s hard to believe that we once relied on…

Original West Enders Mini-Reunion

Wednesday, September 16th from 1 PM to 3 PM. ORIGINAL WEST ENDER’S family and friends are invited to the first in a series of Mini-reunions at the West End Museum.

Exhibition: Indelebile Italia by Giselle Valdes

September 22 to November 28, 2015 @ The West End Museum Show Reception will take place on October 17 at 4 pm, when attendees can tour the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. This fall,…

Film: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth Film Screening Tuesday September 29, 2015 at 6.30pm @ The West End Museum Chad Freidrichs’ documentary tells the story of the Pruitt-Igoe, an ill-famed 1954 St. Louis public-housing complex, demolished in 1972. Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Towers, was the…

Italian Heritage Month Film Series “Haymarket”

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm @ West End Museum​ Historic New England and The West End Museum present Haymarket, a documentary film directed by Justin Goodstein and produced by Historic New England with the Haymarket Pushcart Association. Since the 1830s, Boston’s Haymarket has…

Italian Heritage Month Film Series “Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man”

Movie: “Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man” (Perlasca: Un eroe italiano) Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm @ West End Museum It is the real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s he was an Italian Fascist supporter, fighting in Africa…

Family Event: Shoebox Archaeology

Fun hands-on workshop for kids and their families Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 12-3 pm @ The West End Museum The West End Museum invites you for an afternoon full of discoveries! Learn how to dig out (and brush out) old ruins and artifacts, and…

Annual West End Dinner Dance & Reunion

Sunday, October 18th, 2015 at 2:00pm @ IRISH AMERICAN CLUB 177 West St., Malden, MA