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 October 25, 2014

Italian Heritage Month Film Series: “Love and Anarchy”

Movie: “Love and Anarchy” (D’amore E D’anarchia) Honoring the filmmaking of Lina Wertmuller Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30pm @ West End Museum

Italian Heritage Month Film Series: “The Great Beauty”

Movie: “The Great Beauty” (La Grande Bellezza) Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:30pm @ West End Museum

West End Mass. Memories Road Show

Old West Ender? New West Ender? Come share your memories of your neighborhood! Saturday, November 15, 2014 10 am to 2 pm @ The West End Museum 150 Staniford St. (on Lomasney Way) Free and open to all!

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…