The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum located at 150 Staniford Street in Boston on the ground floor of West End Place (entrance on Lomasney Way across from the North Station Garage).
Run entirely by volunteers, The West End Museum is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history and culture of Boston’s West End neighborhood.
The West End is known nationally to generations of students of urban planning and sociology as a textbook example of urban renewal gone wrong. The lessons learned from the razing of the neighborhood have instructed city planners and spurred neighborhood activists to cope more successfully with urban challenges.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Admission is free; a donation of $5 per person is requested for groups of 10 or more.
Permanent Exhibit – The Last Tenement:
Originally established in 1992 at the Old State House by the Bostonian Society, through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Last Tenement relocated to The West End Museum in 2006. It is now permanently housed in its own dedicated 1,100 square-foot gallery space. The exhibit documents the history and culture of Boston’s West End during the immigrant era from 1850 through its decimation under urban renewal in the late 1950s.
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