Happy Thanksgiving!

The Museum will be closed from Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23rd to Friday, November 24th. We will re-open for regular hours on Saturday, November 25th. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Museum to Host 1st Annual West End Heritage Night

Tuesday, December 5th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ The West End Museum. The event is FREE and open to the public. Boston’s old West End was home to residents from more than 20 different ethnic and…

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

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…

Beneath the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord

Depicting the buildings and architecture of the West End just prior to demolition under urban renewal and conveying the perspective of a property owner, Beneath the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord features photographs from…

From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway

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, photos and original articles.

Share Your Story

If you’re an original West Ender who wants to forever preserve your memories of the Old West End, please send an email with the subject line “Share My Story” to thewestendmuseum@gmail.com

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

Museum to Host 1st Annual West End Heritage Night

Tuesday, December 5th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ The West End Museum. The event is FREE and open to the public. Boston’s old West End was home to residents from more than 20 different ethnic and racial backgrounds. While the The West End Museum has previously…

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

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 an exhibit that tells the story of this lost ‘sister’…

Beneath the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord

Depicting the buildings and architecture of the West End just prior to demolition under urban renewal and conveying the perspective of a property owner, Beneath the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord features photographs from a collection donated to the Museum by Ira Tarlin. Ira’s…

From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway

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 logistical challenges, and technological…

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…