Museum News

  • 1st_west_end_heritage_night 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 honored West Enders of Irish, Jewish and Italian descent, it […]
  • Share Your Story 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
  • The New York Streets: Boston's First Urban Renewal Project 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’ community. “The New York Streets project preceded the more infamous […]
  • One of Eli Tarlin's West End properties; 15 Poplar Street, Boston 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 father, Eli, owned and managed numerous buildings in the old […]
  • El_Lechmere: Boston Elevated Railway (BERy) car on the North Station/Lechmere branch c. 1920; courtesy West End Museum 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 advancements. From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway, […]