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: Tony DeMarco at the Boston Garden

Photographic images of Tony DeMarco’s many boxing matches at the old Boston Garden. September 23 through November 29, 2014

Talk: West End: 50 Years of the West End Since 1963

Tuesday November 25th 2014 at 6:30pm @ The West End Museum Cost: FREE Register for this event >> Photographer and recent presenter at Robert Bayard Severy returns to the West End Museum; this time he brings his slides of the West End. New photographs and…

Talk: South End Character: Speaking Out On Neighborhood Change with Anne Alison Barnet

Thursday December 4th 2014 Time: 6:30 @ The West End Museum Cost: FREE Register for this event >> How many people know that the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood was the city’s first “slum clearance” project—before the West End? Alison Barnet, author of South…

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…

Exhibit: Bulfinch: Boston & Beyond

Tuesday, July 8th to Saturday, December 27th, 2014. Reception on Thursday July 24th at 6:30 pm @ West End Museum (Large Exhibition Area) Free and open to the public during regular Museum hours. Boston, MA-On July 8, the West End Museum will premiere a new…