Jane’s Walk West End Tour

This tour will focus on what happened to the West End under urban renewal and coincides with the Jane’s Walk “global festival” of citizen-led walking tours inspired by urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs.

A Walking Tour of the New York Streets

This event will concentrate on Boston’s first urban renewal project, which took place in an area of the South End known as the New York Streets. Historian and West End resident Duane Lucia will lead…

The New York Streets: Boston’s First Urban Renewal Project

Now through Fall 2017 @ The West End Museum. Prior to the demolition of Boston’s old West End, another vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhood of tenement houses and mom-and-pop shops fell victim to so-called ‘urban renewal.’ The…

Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord

Now through Fall 2017. Featuring photographs of West End buildings owned by landlord Eli Tarlin in the days approaching urban renewal.

From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway

Now through Fall 2017. From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway, recounts the phases of development since the 18th century through graphic panels and artifacts like trolley tickets, stock certificates, conductor buttons, tokens,…

Oral History Video Project

We’re featuring videos of original and former West Enders sharing their remembrances. Check them out and learn how you can take part …

Rent The West End Museum

Did you know you can rent The West End Museum for meetings, receptions, luncheons and lectures? Click to learn more.

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’.

News & Programs

First West End Social of 2017

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. FREE; light refreshments served Former and current West Enders, your family and friends are all welcome at this gathering of our community — the first Social of 2017. It’s a chance to meet, mingle and enjoy the people…

Jane’s Walk West End Tour

Saturday, May 6; 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Starts at The West End Museum (entrance on Lomasney Way, Boston) Cost: FREE; Pre-registration required. This tour will focus on what happened to the West End under urban renewal and coincides with the Jane’s Walk global festival of…

Jewish Heritage Month Honoree Night

Tuesday, May 16; 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. FREE; refreshments to be served As part of Jewish Heritage Month, we are once again celebrating notable West Enders of Jewish descent. This year’s honorees are Hyman Rosenberg, Arthur Geller and Harry “Buddo” Greenberg. Rosenberg and Greenberg are…

A Walking Tour of the New York Streets

Saturday, May 20; 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Starts in front of J.J. Foley’s on East Berkeley Street, Boston. Cost: $7 Museum Members/$15 Non-members; Pre-registration required. This event will concentrate on Boston’s first urban renewal project, which took place in an area of the South…

Joe McDonald Named West End Museum President

Joe McDonald, a third-generation West End native and longtime community activist, has been named President of The West End Museum Board of Directors.

The New York Streets: Boston’s First Urban Renewal Project

Now through Fall 2017 @ The West End Museum. Prior to the demolition of Boston’s old West End, another vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhood of tenement houses and mom-and-pop shops fell victim to so-called ‘urban renewal.’ The New York Streets: Boston’s First Urban Renewal Project is a…

Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord

Now through Fall 2017 @ The West End Museum. Featuring photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin, Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord depicts the West End at the time of demolition. Ira’s father, Eli Tarlin, was an original resident who came…

From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway

Now through Fall 2017. 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 of continuously rising demand, financial and…

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…

Rent The Museum

Did you know The West End Museum is available for functions like meetings, receptions, luncheons and lectures? You can hold such events in our spacious main gallery and/or smaller permanent gallery surrounded by historic displays and artifacts. The Museum can accommodate up to 50 people…