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’.


Museum Talk & Book Signing: The History and Future of America’s First Subway, The T

Wednesday, September 14; 6:30 to 8:00 pm @ The West End Museum Cost: FREE Preregister here. Walk-ins welcome. This talk by author and longtime Boston Globe staffer Doug Most will explore the local history of public transportation—particularly trains and subway development—and evolve into a discussion…

Exhibition: School Days in the West End

Now through late Fall @ The West End Museum. Between 1800 and 1975, no fewer than 20 schools called Boston’s West End home. Following urban renewal, the last school in the community—the Peter Faneuil School—closed, and there has not been another public school in the…

Exhibition: From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway

May 31 through late Fall in the Museum’s Members Gallery. Public transportation has shaped life in Boston and its neighborhoods since the first English settlers arrived in the early 17th century. Its evolution over the course of more than 200 years is a fascinating tale…

Rent The Museum

Did you know you can rent The West End Museum for meetings, receptions, luncheons and lectures?