Local exhibits to explore in 2023

Plan a trip to one of these museums + libraries to explore five unique exhibits.

People standing in front of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Let your fellow arts and culture enthusiasts know about these exhibits.

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With so many museums, libraries, and collections in our city, it can be tough to decide which exhibits to explore first.

For fellow curious minds, we’ve compiled five current + upcoming exhibits you’ll want to check out this year.

🌎 Fellow Wanderer: Isabella’s Travel Albums

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum | Now through May 21

The Fenway museum is welcoming all wanderers to see the world through Isabella Stewart Gardner’s eyes. This collection explores global influences on the art collector’s vision through pages from nine of her travel journals.

🗺️ Building Blocks: Boston Stories from Urban Atlases

Boston Public Library | Now through August 19

On your next trip to the Central Library, discover how our city’s urban fabric changed in the period from the Civil War to World War II with the Boston Public Library’s urban atlas collection. Stay tuned for our history of street names story to learn more about how our city has changed throughout the years.

🎥 After Hope: Videos of Resistance

Peabody Essex Museum | March 11-Dec. 31

Drive or catch the commuter rail to visit the Salem museum, which will host this exhibit of 54 short videos exploring the role of hope in art and activism. The collection spans more than six hours and highlights artists from across Asia.

🌊 Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence

Museum of Fine Arts | March 26-July 16

Explore the work of Katsushika Hokusai, the artist behind the “Great Wave.” Visitors will find 100+ woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books by Hokusai, plus works that show his influence on other artists.

🔥 Revisiting the Ruins: The Great Boston Fire of 1872

Boston Athenaeum | Opening in April

This historic membership library on Beacon Street will showcase artifacts from the Great Boston Fire, following the event’s 150th anniversary this past November.

If you’re looking for even more to explore, check out our guide to hidden gem museums around Boston.

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