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’.


Original West Enders Reunion

Thursday May 12 from Noon until 3 PM. @ The West End Museum. ORIGINAL WEST ENDER’S family and friends are invited to the latest reunion at the West End Museum to view the newest exhibit “School Days in the West End”, visit the Last Tenement…

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Exhibition: School Days in the West End

Now through mid-July 2016. @ The West End Museum. Opening reception is March 15 at 6:30 PM. Tour the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments. Between 1800 and 1975, no fewer than 20 schools called Boston’s West End home. Following urban renewal, the last school in…

Jewish Heritage Month Honoree Night

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ The West End Museum 6:30 to 8:00 p.m Refreshments served. The event is free and open to the public. In celebration of Jewish Heritage Month, the Museum is honoring three former West Enders of Jewish descent.

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…