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The West End Museum

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I went to the W. End Museum to hear a lecture and was surprised to encounter a museum I never heard... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
stuzzi2013
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Worth the Trip

This is a small museum dedicated to the history of the west end of Boston. It is a forgotten or... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2018
Gwenn T
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Carle Place, New York
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

I went to the W. End Museum to hear a lecture and was surprised to encounter a museum I never heard about before on the site of a century-old neighborhood, with a diverse population of Jews, Poles and Italians. The displays were full of local...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

This is a small museum dedicated to the history of the west end of Boston. It is a forgotten or unknown part of Boston's history. The staff are wonderful and provide a wealth of information. You only need about an hour to enjoy this off...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gwenn T
Reviewed 10 May 2018

I can't recommend this museum enough to anyone who lives or works in Boston. Although I knew the basic story behind the fall of the West End prior to visiting the museum, I left with a much bigger appreciation for how devastating the destruction of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Cody P
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Leonard Nimoy (aka Spock from Star Trek) called the West End home. He like many others were displaced in the late 1950 during one of the most devastating urban renewal project. It's across the street from North Station, the TD Garden and most conveniently located...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

A gem of a museum covering the history of the West End and the "bold" vision that wiped away so much of the history of the place. #historymatters Excellent and very knowledgeable guide.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Prior to the 1950s, Boston's West End neighborhood used to be a densely populated, working class immigrant community, almost the opposite of West End today. The West End Museum, located on the edge of the neighborhood near TD Garden, preserves the memory of old West...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

A bit of history of the west end of Boston. Major urban renewal project effected a major immigrant neighborhood in Boston think of the North end gone. The rich and colorful culture poof! It was replaced with luxury housing, office buildings and Mass General. A...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank createcoo
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This museum's permanent exhibit presents a compelling story that touches on themes of immigration, community, power, and urban planning. Through well-written text panels supplemented by photos, maps, some artifacts, and quotes from former West Enders, a memorable picture emerges of a now-vanished neighborhood that looked...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

This museum tells the excellent story of a large working class neighborhood that was labeled by the Eminent Domain Bureaucracy as urban plight. It points to that time in the 1950's when families were forced to relocate because of certain local politicians placed negative sounding...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

4 of us, each having lived in Boston at some point, spent a little over an hour in the West End Museum. We had an excellent time ; the story it tells is very engaging. It was the highlight of our day visiting Boston. (For...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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