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’.

Special Events

West End Museum to Host Jazz Week Concert Featuring The John Licata Quartet

West End Museum to Host Jazz Week Concert Featuring The John Licata Quartet

The West End Museum is taking part in Greater Boston’s Jazz Week by hosting A Night of Original Compositions by John Licata…

Membership Meet-Up and Silent Auction

“Celebrate Summer” Thursday, June 5th, 2014 – 6:30-9:30 PM @…

The Spaces Between: Urban renewal and planning in the 20th century

Panel Discussion and short film: The problems with displacement Tuesday,…

Tours of The Transitioning Neighborhood

The West End Museum is pleased to announce a series…

Programs

Urban Renewal and Urban Planning Across the Nation Film Series.

The West End Museum is pleased to announce a film series focusing on Urban Renewal in the United States. The West End of Boston was only one neighborhood in our country that was/is affected by eminent domain and urban renewal and this film series intends…

The Hotel Manger / Madison

Tuesday, Feb 4th, 2014 – Saturday, April 19th, 2014 @ The West End Museum (Members’ Gallery) Boston, MA—On Tuesday, February 4, The West End Museum will premiere a new exhibit, Relics of a Bygone Era: Exploring the Hotel Manger/Madison. The exhibit runs through Saturday, March…

Film: “American Experience: The World that Robert Moses Built”

Monday April, 21st, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Cost: FREE This program is part of the PBS series American Experience. This episode profiles the life and work of architect and builder Robert Moses. His vision for New York shaped the city’s character for many…

Tour: “Exhibit Tour of ‘A Neighborhood in Transition’”

Thursday, April 24th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Cost: $7 Members/ $15 Non-Members The West End urban renewal program took place over a thirty year period starting in the mid 1950’s. The first phase of slum clearance, which demolished fifty acres of residential housing,…

Discussion & Slide Presentation: More Charles Frani Photos of a Neighborhood in Transition

Tuesday, April 29; 6:30 to 8:30pm @ West End Museum Cost: FREE The Museum’s exhibit, A Neighborhood in Transition: 1961-1980, features about two dozen Charles Frani photographs that portray major changes in the West End over the course of the two decades. Exhibit Co-Curator Duane…

Short Film NIght: “Jane Jacobs in her own words”

Friday, May 2th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Read More Cost: FREE To kickstart Jane’s Walk weekend: we present a series of interviews with renowned journalist and author. Jane Jacobs’ “Death and Life of Great American Cities” is a classic and scathing criticism of…

Discussion Panel: “Urban Planning in Boston Today”

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Cost: FREE A group of Boston Urban Planners comes to the West End Museum to discuss the current theories surrounding the state of Urban planning in Boston. Pre-registration is required Register for this event >> Please…

Museum Talk: Benjamin Ross : “Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism”

Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Cost: FREE The destruction of the West End and its replacement by the sterile towers of Charles River Park was a key turning point in how America thinks about its cities. The old neighborhoods were so…

Author Talk: Lorenz Finison: Boston’s Cycling Craze 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Cost: FREE The author’s new book, Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society, reveals that bicycling in the 1890s was bound up in the “Ends” of Boston, North, South, and West. A…

Book Talk: ” Low Art Tile: John Gardiner Low and the Artists of Boston’s Gilded Age”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm @ West End Museum Read More Cost: FREE Richard Pennington, the author of Low Art Tile – John Gardner Low & the artists of Boston’s Gilded Age, will speak about the makers of “Chelsea Tile.” The Low company operated from…