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’.


Film: Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. A documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesizer instrument and his subsequent life after he was abducted by the KGB as well as a history of his instrument. Directed by Steven M. Martin 1995 83 minutes…

Exhibition: Walls of Stone: The Leverett Street Jail

February 17 through April 18, 2015. All but forgotten in the narratives of Boston and the West End, the Leverett Street Jail has an important story that merits examination and remembrance. A new exhibit in the Members Gallery of The West End Museum—Walls of Stone:…

Talk: Always Something Doing & Scollay Square

Thursday, April 16th at 6:30 pm Based on David Kruh’s two books on Scollay Square (Always Something Doing and Scollay Square) this slide show describes the evolution of the part of Boston where everyone went – but few admitted it! From John Winthrop, (who settled…