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’.

Programs

Exhibition: Walls of Stone: 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, February 5th 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…

Exhibition: The New West Enders & Other Green Monsters

January 6 through February 28, 2015 Reception: Thursday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m @ The West End Museum With images by photographer Lolita Parker, Jr., The New West Enders & Other Green Monsters documents the rapid-fire changes in Boston’s West End over the past 16…

Exhibit: The Circus: A West End Tradition

December 2nd 2014 to January 31st, 2015 Reception: December 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM @ The West End Museum 100 years before the Ringling Brothers Circus opened at the Boston Garden (c1929), an equestrian circus with jugglers, acrobats and clowns performed at the Stewart’s…