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Arts & Museums
Built in 1768, this was the former home and tavern of Isaac Jones, one of Weston's famous citizens and for six generations of the Jones family after him. The Gold Ball Tavern has been a museum ever since the Golden Ball Tavern Trust in the 1960s. This handsome structure is reminiscent of an 18th-century tavern as its original interiors are retained and is full of history. Get a glimpse of the Revolutionary era with stories of the spies, tea party and more which are interesting. One of the key highlights of this unique museum is its yearly outdoor antiques show which supports the restoration and development of this fine building. Appointments are a must to visit the museum.
Some of the finest masterpieces from various continents are a part of Davis Museum and Cultural Center. After 120 years the collection spans the entire spectrum of world history from ancient times. Temporary exhibitions draw pieces from Davis museums permanent collections. Lectures, concerts, classes, and tours, give art students ample scope to study in close proximity. The museum is closed for repairs and will open in Fall 2007.
Studio 6x7 is the photography of Cory Silken. An avid sailor, Cory is one of the most sought after photographers on the eastern seaboard. His classic yacht images can be found in numerous galleries throughout New England, and is collected mostly in Newport, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston, and Cape Cod. The photographer works out of both Newport and Boston, and is available for private contract. As you browse these tourist ports, you'll see a display of Cory's work from note cards, to calendars, to large framed pieces. Cory Silken Publishing has developed gifts for everyone from a small souvenir to an upscale investment. Whatever you choose, it's sure to be classy. See website for purchases.
Spread out over 30 acres (12.14 hectares), DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park showcases stunning artwork. Julian DeCordova loved to travel and collect art and he bequeathed his beautiful estate to Lincoln to use as an art museum. The result is a contemporary art museum with more than 2,000 works and an outdoor sculpture park featuring around 75 modern sculptures. Both children and adults will be in awe of the beautiful pieces in the sculpture park. The museum itself has a lovely and intriguing collection of contemporary art.
Concord Museum is an ideal first stop on a tour of the historic city. Home of the American Revolution's first battle and many literary greats, Concord offers a wealth of American history, all of which is displayed at the Museum. Artifacts from the revolution, such as the "one if by land, two if by sea" lantern are located here (you can buy your own reproduction in the museum gift shop), and special exhibits change throughout the year.
Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), was also the setting for her book Little Women. Learn about the author and US history in this literary and historic landmark, set in the pleasant Boston countryside. Guided tours of the house are available, with written tours in English and Spanish, and special events are held throughout the year.
Now a renowned museum, the General Artemas Ward House is a beautiful historic property. The property of this house at Shrewsbury also includes a four levels barn, which is popular as the largest structure of New England. This former home, is now open to the public by the Harvard University as a museum that contains it's beauty and preserves. The house is visible to the tourists for a few hours during summers.
Gore Place is a museum belonging to the Federal era. Built in 1806, it is the former home of the seventh governor of Massachusetts and former US Senator Christopher Gore and his wife, Rebecca. This 22-room mansion is decorated with early American, European and Oriental furnishings. The museum has a gallery and a gift shop. Gore Place offers a number of a programs and events, including mansion tours, sunset tours, lectures, concerts, story hours and even a sheep shearing festival.
Watertown hosts a large Armenian-American community, so it is no surprise to find the nation's foremost Armenian museum downtown. The exhibits combine history, textiles, art and a library to create a comprehensive resource for Armenians and others wishing to learn about their rich heritage. The most eye-opening exhibit memorializes the Armenian Genocide, which has been denied by Turkey.
The Waterworks Museum in Boston highlights the tale of the country's premiere metropolitan water systems. Apart from many activities and eye-opening tours, bus excursions led by experts are organized for those interested. Frequented by many school children and engineering students, this one makes for quite an interesting visit.
Within this 1888 carriage house on the grounds of the Larz Anderson Park is one of the country's oldest private collection of antique automobiles. Little red Corvettes, big Cadillacs, traditional Fords and old-fashioned Studebakers are on display here. A couple of imported Italian vehicles have found their way into this exhibition. Check out this priceless collection, created for those who appreciate anything with four wheels. Learn how the role of the automobile has shaped our society and grab some replicas of vintage cars from the store before you leave.
Patronizing art that has gone wrong, the Museum of Bad Art is an interesting place to visit. Showcased amidst its confines at the Brookline Access Television are scores of paintings and works of art on various themes. The pieces are exhibited on a rotational basis. The museum underlines the adage, that no art is bad art, allowing the public to cherish unusual pieces like Lucy in the Field and Juggling Dog in Hula Skirt.