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Place Boston

Boston , officially the City of Boston, is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States and 24th-most populous city in the country. The city proper covers about 48.4 sq mi with a population of 675,647 in 2020, also making it the most populous city in New England. It is the seat of Suffolk County . The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest MSA in the country. A broader combined statistical area , generally corresponding to the commuting area and including Providence, Rhode Island, is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most populous in the United States.Boston is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from the English town of the same name. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the siege of Boston. Upon American independence from Great Britain, the city continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education and culture. The city has expanded beyond the original peninsula through land reclamation and municipal annexation. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing more than 20 million visitors per year. Boston’s many firsts include the United States’ first public park , first public or state school first subway system , and first large public library .

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Atlas Obscura 2020
2.3km
Ireland Unfree Will Never Be At Peace Mural

Discover Ireland Unfree Will Never Be At Peace Mural in Boston, Massachusetts: One of the few remaining monuments dedicated to South Boston's Irish heritage.

Wikipedia Landmark
3.7km
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts is an art museum in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the 20th-largest art museum in the world, measured by public gallery area. It contains 8,161 paintings and more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive c…

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.31km
The Great Spring of Boston

A tiny plaque marks the location of the water source that facilitated the birth of the modern metropolis.

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.71km
United Shoe Machinery Corporation Building

Discover United Shoe Machinery Corporation Building in Boston, Massachusetts: What may be Boston's finest Art Deco building, located in the city's Financial District.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.06km
Logan Airport 9/11 Memorial

Discover Logan Airport 9/11 Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts: This small glass cube is a peaceful out-of-the-way sanctuary at the busy airport.

Atlas Obscura 2017
5.05km
John Harvard ‘Statue of Three Lies’

Discover John Harvard 'Statue of Three Lies' in Cambridge, Massachusetts: The statue of John Harvard isn't actually John Harvard—or even, technically, the founder of the school.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.24km
King’s Chapel Crypt

Discover King's Chapel Crypt in Boston, Massachusetts: A more than 260-year-old crypt built on Boston's oldest English burial ground.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.2km
Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame

Discover Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame in Boston, Massachusetts: A unique music museum housed in a historic Boston theater.

Atlas Obscura 2016
0.78km
The Earl of Sandwich

Discover The Earl of Sandwich in Boston, Massachusetts: A men’s restroom became a sandwich shop.

Brutalism 1947
3.05km
Baker House Dormitory, Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT)
Atlas Obscura 2022
4.69km
Sapphire City House

Discover Sapphire City House in Somerville, Massachusetts: A home decorated by its owner with eye-catching and captivating assemblages of found objects.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.87km
Original Wharf at Massachusetts General Hospital

Discover Original Wharf at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts: Around 160 years ago, this spot marked the location of a wharf along the shores of the Charles River.

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.99km
Chow Manderien’s Grave

Discover Chow Manderien's Grave in Boston, Massachusetts: The final resting place of the first documented Chinese person in the United States lies in a Boston cemetery.

Audio Guide
7.32km
Audio Guide
Tufts University Campus Tour
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Atlas Obscura 2021
1.02km
Tiananmen Memorial

Discover Tiananmen Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts: A memorial to Chinese freedom in the city where American freedom was born.

Brutalism 1967
2.03km
Johnson Building, Boston Public Library
Atlas Obscura 2018
0.66km
Brattle Book Shop

Discover Brattle Book Shop in Boston, Massachusetts: One of the oldest used bookstores in the U.S. has been selling antiquarian treasures since 1825.

Brutalism 1962
0.08km
Boston City Hall
Atlas Obscura 2022
0.8km
Leonard A. Grimes Residence

Discover Leonard A. Grimes Residence in Boston, Massachusetts: The Boston home of a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Brutalism
5.4km
Larsen Hall, Harvard University
Audio Guide
3.67km
Audio Guide
Muddy River Escapade
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Brutalism
4.84km
Gund Hall, Harvard University
Brutalism 1962
0.5km
Boston Government Service Center
Audio Guide
1.82km
Audio Guide
Boston: A Stroll Along the Freedom Trail
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Atlas Obscura 2018
1.28km
World’s Largest Air-Insulated Van de Graaff Generator

Discover World's Largest Air-Insulated Van de Graaff Generator in Boston, Massachusetts: The massive machine creates cracking displays of indoor lightning.

Atlas Obscura 2019
5.34km
The Brattle Theatre

Discover The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts: One of the last remaining movie theatres in the country that features a rear-projection system.

Atlas Obscura 2018
5.03km
Harvard Divinity School Labyrinth

Discover Harvard Divinity School Labyrinth in Cambridge, Massachusetts: This hidden labyrinth offers walkers some brief peace of mind.

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.21km
Union Oyster House

Discover Union Oyster House in Boston, Massachusetts: This nearly 200-year-old restaurant's history includes an exiled French prince, JFK, and a very hungry Daniel Webster.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.03km
Boston’s Beloved Make Way for Ducklings Statue

Discover Make Way for Ducklings Statue in Boston, Massachusetts: Mrs. Mallard and her brood are a beloved fixture in Boston Public Garden.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.24km
Creek Square

Discover Creek Square in Boston, Massachusetts: This historic patch of real estate offers a glimpse of colonial Boston.

Brutalism 1967
0.29km
Government Center Parking Garage
Atlas Obscura 2021
1.36km
The Trophy Room Project

Discover The Trophy Room Project in Cambridge, Massachusetts: An anonymous art project beneath Longfellow Bridge where hundreds of trophies line the steel support beams.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.74km
The Last Tenement

Discover The Last Tenement in Boston, Massachusetts: The last remaining 19th-century tenement from Boston's old West End neighborhood.

Audio Guide
0.79km
Audio Guide
Boston (Freedom Trail)
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Atlas Obscura 2018
4.23km
Underwater Boston Tea Party

Discover Underwater Boston Tea Party in Somerville, Massachusetts: A little Lego easter egg is hidden underwater in the Boston Tea Party tableau at Miniland.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.57km
Boston Bricks

Discover Boston Bricks in Boston, Massachusetts: These whimsical works of art tell the story of the city's past and present.

Brutalism 1963
2.56km
Boston Architectural Center (today Boston Architectural College)
Atlas Obscura 2017
1.43km
Potato Shed Memorial

Cast stone sacks of spuds where the iconic potato sheds once stood along the Charles River.

Atlas Obscura 2019
5.31km
Thomas Magliozzi Plaque

Discover Thomas Magliozzi Plaque in Cambridge, Massachusetts: This plaque is dedicated to one-half of the Magliozzi brothers and their hit radio show, 'Car Talk.'.

Atlas Obscura 2021
7.73km
Site of ‘Jingle Bells’ Composition

Discover Site of 'Jingle Bells' Composition in Medford, Massachusetts: The classic Christmas carol was written at this Massachusetts tavern in 1850.

Audio Guide
0.44km
Audio Guide
Boston – The Freedom Trail
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Atlas Obscura 2021
3.48km
Boston Hotel Buckminster

Discover Boston Hotel Buckminster in Boston, Massachusetts: This hotel was the site of major events in sports and radio history. It was also used as a detention center during World War II.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.98km
Site of the First Transcontinental Call

Discover Site of the First Transcontinental Call in Cambridge, Massachusetts: This plaque commemorates the call between Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson.

Post 2019
3.42km
Can This Flawed Brutalist Plaza in Boston Be Fixed?
Audio Guide 2013
0.21km
Audio Guide
Trip over New England with Tim Richards. Travelbook
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Wikipedia Landmark
5.02km
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is a museum affiliated with Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums focusing on anthropological material, with particula…

Atlas Obscura 2018
4.96km
Harvard Lampoon Building

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Atlas Obscura 2020
3.5km
Kennedy Biscuit Lofts

Discover Kennedy Biscuit Lofts in Cambridge, Massachusetts: Whimsical cookie-themed plaques mark the birthplace of the Fig Newton.

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.29km
Charles Dickens’ Door and Mirror

Discover Charles Dickens' Door and Mirror in Boston, Massachusetts: These items are all that remain from the room used by the author during his second tour of the U.S.

Place
4.44km
Cambridge
Atlas Obscura 2021
3.72km
Prospect Hill Tower

Discover Prospect Hill Tower in Somerville, Massachusetts: This tower commemorates the spot where George Washington hoisted the Grand Union flag.

Atlas Obscura 2017
5.08km
Pooh’s House

Discover Pooh's House in Cambridge, Massachusetts: This tiny, painted door at the base of a tree stump has been a fixture of the Harvard University campus for decades.

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.58km
Kelleher Rose Garden

Discover Kelleher Rose Garden in Boston, Massachusetts: One of the now-less-hidden floral gems of the "Emerald Necklace.".

Atlas Obscura 2019
5.37km
Harvard’s Class of 1959 Chapel

The strikingly modern structure stands out among the university's brick buildings.

Brutalism
1.98km
Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.19km
New England Holocaust Memorial

Discover New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts: Millions of numbers carved in glass represent the tattoos forced upon victims.

Atlas Obscura 2018
5.17km
Boston’s First Waste Treatment Facility Is an Abandoned Gem

This castle-like structure is so beautiful, most visitors would never guess what it was used for.

Atlas Obscura 2021
4.74km
Dr. Sidney Farber and “Jimmy” Statue

Discover Dr. Sidney Farber and "Jimmy" Statue in Boston, Massachusetts: Commemorating the 1948 creation of the Jimmy Fund, a Boston-based cancer charity.

Atlas Obscura 2021
4.87km
Malcolm X and Ella Little-Collins House

Discover Malcolm X and Ella Little-Collins House in Boston, Massachusetts: Malcolm X's house during his most formative years faces an uncertain future.

Audio Guide
5.14km
Audio Guide
Historical Harvard
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Audio Guide
0.64km
Audio Guide
Deadly Boston: A Tour of Beantown’s Most Brutal Crimes
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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.3km
Boston Irish Famine Memorial

Discover Boston Irish Famine Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts: Dedicated to one of the darkest moments in Irish history, this memorial has faced its fair share of backlash.

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.61km
Berkeley Weather Beacon

Discover Berkeley Weather Beacon in Boston, Massachusetts: A beacon atop a downtown building provides Bostonians with weather forecasts and baseball news.

Audio Guide
1.22km
Audio Guide
Boston Fun Trip
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Brutalism
5.51km
Loeb Drama Center
Atlas Obscura 2021
0.23km
Democratic Donkey and Republican Footprints

Discover Democratic Donkey and Republican Footprints in Boston, Massachusetts: This statue intended for children to enjoy became a minor political spat.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.52km
Smith Court

Discover Smith Court in Boston, Massachusetts: In the 19th century, this was the center of Boston's Black community.

Audio Guide
2.57km
Audio Guide
Boston Green Book Tour
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Atlas Obscura 2020
3.7km
Site of the Destroyed Ursuline Convent

Discover Site of the Destroyed Ursuline Convent in Somerville, Massachusetts: A monument marks where a convent was burned by an anti-Catholic mob in 1834.

Atlas Obscura 2020
2.74km
Harvard Bridge Smoot Measurements

Discover Harvard Bridge Smoot Measurements in Boston, Massachusetts: In 1958, an MIT fraternity pledge laid down on this bridge and instituted a new, unique unit of measurement.

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.38km
North End Street Utensils

Discover North End Street Utensils in Boston, Massachusetts: Silverware in the sidewalk outside a grocery store cements this neighborhood’s Italian culinary history.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.21km
Kendall Band

Discover Kendall Band in Cambridge, Massachusetts: A three-piece musical sculpture installed between the subway tracks at Kendall Station near MIT.

Post 2022
2km
Best things to do in Boston
Brutalism
4.1km
Law and Education Tower (Pappas Law Tower), Boston University
Atlas Obscura 2017
3.31km
There’s a World War II Victory Garden Quietly Growing Across From Fenway Park

It is one of the last remaining continuously operating Victory Gardens in the U.S.

Brutalism 1962
0.8km
New England Aquarium
Atlas Obscura 2019
3.79km
Reliable Market

Discover Reliable Market in Somerville, Massachusetts: Eat first, shop later at this eatery within an Asian grocer.

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.02km
America’s First Spiritualist Temple

The ghostly faces carved onto the corners of this Newbury Street building hint at its religious history.

Atlas Obscura 2022
4.38km
Elfland

Discover Elfland in Somerville, Massachusetts: A tiny town in an empty lot was the work of a local eight-year-old.

Post 2019
5.11km
Around The World In Kodachrome – A Nobel Laureate’s Outstanding Travel Photographs
Brutalism 1960
4.8km
Carpenter Center, Harvard University
Atlas Obscura 2018
3.49km
Necco Wafer Sculpture

Discover Necco Wafer Sculpture in Cambridge, Massachusetts: A tiny monument to the classic American candy.

Atlas Obscura 2018
5.05km
Clover HSQ

Discover Clover HSQ in Cambridge, Massachusetts: A Harvard-area eatery preserves the uncovered tiles of its century-old predecessor.

Atlas Obscura 2018
6.59km
George W. Emerson’s Pickle Factory Plaque

This unassuming stone commemorates a condiment factory gone up in smoke.

Brutalism
5.11km
Holyoke Center
Audio Guide
0.83km
Audio Guide
Urbirun Boston – Highlights
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