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’.


Closed July Fourth

The West End Museum will be closed on Saturday July 4th. We will re-open on Tuesday July 7th. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Exhibition: In Pursuit of Excellence: The West End House

March 31st-August 22nd, 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: The Legacy Of Lawrence Berk

April 21, 2015 thru July 11th, 2015 Members’ Gallery @ The West End Museum Reception: Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 4-6pm. Reception is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Gallery East. Lawrence Berk grew up in the West End and is best known…

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…

Original West Enders Mini-Reunion

Friday July 17 and Friday August 14 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.

Annual West End Dinner Dance & Reunion

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