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: Tony DeMarco at the Boston Garden

Photographic images of Tony DeMarco’s many boxing matches at the old Boston Garden. September 23 through October 25, 2014

Italian Heritage Month Film Series: “The Great Beauty”

Movie: “The Great Beauty” (La Grande Bellezza) Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:30pm @ West End Museum

Jazz Revival in the West End 1970—1975 The Old West Church, Debbie’s, and New Directions for Boston Jazz

Thursday, November 6, 2014 @ 7:00 pm @ The West End Museum Donation $10 / $5-members Register for this event >> A presentation with live music by Mark Harvey Mark Harvey will explore the jazz revival that happened in the West End in the early…

West End Mass. Memories Road Show

Old West Ender? New West Ender? Come share your memories of your neighborhood! Saturday, November 15, 2014 10 am to 2 pm @ The West End Museum 150 Staniford St. (on Lomasney Way) Free and open to all!

Talk: West End: 50 Years of the West End Since 1963

Tuesday November 25th 2014 at 6:30pm @ The West End Museum Cost: FREE Register for this event >> Photographer and recent presenter at Robert Bayard Severy returns to the West End Museum; this time he brings his slides of the West End. New photographs and…

Talk: South End Character: Speaking Out On Neighborhood Change with Anne Alison Barnet

Thursday December 4th 2014 Time: 6:30 @ The West End Museum Cost: FREE Register for this event >> How many people know that the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood was the city’s first “slum clearance” project—before the West End? Alison Barnet, author of South…

Exhibit: Bulfinch: Boston & Beyond

Tuesday, July 8th to Saturday, December 27th, 2014. Reception on Thursday July 24th at 6:30 pm @ West End Museum (Large Exhibition Area) Free and open to the public during regular Museum hours. Boston, MA-On July 8, the West End Museum will premiere a new…