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Boston like a local: Art & Culture Aficionado

I love Boston's selection of museums, concerts and theaters. Take me inside all things cultural in Boston.

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Boston like a local: Art & Culture Aficionado

Boston like a local: Art & Culture Aficionado

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Sure, it makes sense to seek out old churches and places where colonial-era events occurred if you are interested in historic Boston architecture. But a public library? The Boston Public Library is the nation's first free municipal library and a National Historic Landmark. It is a magnificent building filled with murals and sculptures, and tours are available. And get this: The tours are free and no reservations are required.

The Old State House,which dates back to the early 1700s and offers tours to learn about its historical significance as well as its period architecture.

Christian Science Plaza,which is the home of the Mother Church for the Christian Science faith and offers lovely examples of Romanesque and Byzantine-Renaissance style architecture.

Explore the Christian Science Plaza / Christian Science

Among the places you might consider visiting are the circa-1877 Trinity Church, which is regarded as one of the country's most notable houses of worship.

Windows Slideshow - Trinity Church in the City of Boston

North of the city,the Peabody Essexin Salem is among the nation's foremost museums for Asian art(befitting the historic city's early years as a major trade port withthe East) as well as maritime and Native American art and culture.

PEM | Peabody Essex Museum

And speaking of new, the Institute of Contemporary Art offers an impressive collection of modern works and exhibits in a striking building on Fan Pier that opened in 2006.

Works by the masters, such asRembrandt, Titan, and Matisse can also be enjoyed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which added an elegant new wing as well in 2012.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum : Home

The grand Museum of Fine Arts,one of the nation's finest, got even grander museum of fine arts with the opening of Art of the America's Wing in late 2010.

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No two shows are ever the same at the ImprovBoston.

No two shows are ever the same at the Improv Asylum.

Speaking of comedy, headliners make 'em laugh at The Wilbur Theatre's Comedy Connection.

The Charles is also where you canfind the long-but-not-quite-as-long-running Boston production of thestrange but hilarious Blue Man Group.

The Charles Playhouse is the home of the madcap comedy and Boston original, "Shear Madness,"the country's longest running play.

You can learn about the city's major productions at Broadway In Boston.

Other places to catch a show include the Huntington Theatre Company and the American Repertory Theatre. Learn more about A.R.T here...

ther places to catch a show include the Huntington Theatre Company and the American Repertory Theatre. Learn more about the Huntington here...

Theater and Comedy Whether it's touring productions, original dramas, or Broadway-bound plays,Boston's shear madness stages are abuzz with performances. The Theater District boasts a number of grand and historic, but lovingly maintained theaters such as the Wang and Shubert, which are collectively known as the Citi Performing Arts Center.

You could also see what's on tap at the Celebrity Series of Boston, which features dance as well as music and other artists performing at the city's concert halls.

If you enjoy dance, see what the Boston Ballet has to offer.

Head to Royale to experience your favorite bands in more intimate settings.

Don't forget to peruse the schedule at clubs such as the House of Blues while in Boston.

Major acts perform at huge venues such as TD Garden.

Hepcats can discover the latest performance schedules, eventlistings, news, and other info about the area jazz scene at thewell-curated site, MassJazz.

If jazz is you thing, you'll be happy to know that it's our thing as well. (After all, Boston is the home of the finest institute of learningdevoted to jazz, Berklee College of Music.) Some of the best areaplaces to catch live jazz are Regattabar, Ryles, and Scullers.