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

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

February 21 through Fall 2017 Opening Reception on February 21, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. @ The West End Museum. Prior to the demolition of Boston’s old West End, another vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhood of…

Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord

February 21 through Fall 2017 @ The West End Museum Opening Reception on February 21, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Featuring photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin, Under the Wrecking Ball: A…

Exhibition: From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway

Now until mid-spring. 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…

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 you can rent The West End Museum for meetings, receptions, luncheons and lectures?