The West End Museum

The West End Museum We preserve and celebrate the history of Boston's West End through exhibits, events, and archive collections. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
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The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum located at 150 Staniford Street, in Boston, Massachusetts in a 4000 square foot space on the ground floor of West End Place (and Lomasney Way). The primary purpose of the West End Museum is to operate and maintain a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston. The Museum acknowledges its role as an educational institution and a trustee of significant material culture. Exhibitions: "The Last Tenement" (permanent exhibit) http://thewestendmuseum.org/exhibitions/the-last-tenement/ Fall 2015 Exhibitions: Dewey Defeats Truman/The Housing Act of 1949 http://thewestendmuseum.org/mc-events/exhibition-dewey-defeats-trumanthe-housing-act-of-1949/ Indelebile Italia by Giselle Valdes http://thewestendmuseum.org/exhibitions/exhibition-indelebile-italia-by-giselle-valdes/

Mission: The primary purpose of The West End Museum is to operate and maintain a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston. The Museum acknowledges its role as an educational institution and a trustee of significant material culture. The West End Museum fulfills its mission by providing exhibits to the public on a regular basis, by providing access to its collections for research, and by providing a resource to the West End neighborhood for historical and cultural interests. It involves the public in its mission through outreach programming, neighborhood events, and educational programming in the school systems, thereby increasing and sustaining the public’s appreciation of an important American urban neighborhood from the 17th century to the present day.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! Come visit us after we resume regular hours tomorrow: Tuesday - F...
01/01/2020

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! Come visit us after we resume regular hours tomorrow: Tuesday - Friday, 12 - 5 pm and Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm. Free admission, as always. Hope to see you soon!

On January 9, join us as we usher in the New Year with an evening of film and discussion, "Scollay Square: Boston's Bygo...
12/31/2019

On January 9, join us as we usher in the New Year with an evening of film and discussion, "Scollay Square: Boston's Bygone Playground."

Tag your friends below and let them know your January 9th plans!

$10 / Free to Members

Pre-registration required, click here 👉 https://bit.ly/2QbK0et or call 617 723-2125.

Image courtesy: The West End Museum Archives
#bostonhistory #WestEndBoston #WestEndMuseum

On Thursday, January 9, the Museum presents "Scollay Square: Boston's Bygone Playground."Complementing the current exhib...
12/30/2019

On Thursday, January 9, the Museum presents "Scollay Square: Boston's Bygone Playground."

Complementing the current exhibit, “The Old Howard Theatre", “Boston the Way it Was,” is a two-part documentary produced by WGBH in 1995, featuring interviews with Bostonians sharing their favorite memories of Joe & Nemo’s famed hot dogs, “burly” shows featuring “the queen of Scollay Square” Ann Corio.

Tag your friends below and let them know your January 9th plans!

$10 / Free to Members

Pre-registration required, click here 👉 https://bit.ly/2QbK0et or call 617 723-2125.

Image courtesy: The West End Museum Archives
#bostonhistory #WestEndBoston #WestEndMuseum

Check out these photos from our Night of Burlesque Music w/John Licata's Burlesk Band on Nov. 16! In the first photo, le...
12/28/2019

Check out these photos from our Night of Burlesque Music w/John Licata's Burlesk Band on Nov. 16!

In the first photo, left to right: John Licata, Ken Gross, Bob McCloskey. In the second photo, left to right: Mark Michaels, Rob Rudin, Rich Appleman.

What are your favorite burlesque or jazz tunes?

Photos by Bimal Nepal, Photographer for The West End Museum

Learn more about the Museum at https://thewestendmuseum.org.

#WestEndBoston #burlesque #jazz

From all of us at The West End Museum, warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas! May you be surrounded by friends and family...
12/25/2019

From all of us at The West End Museum, warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas! May you be surrounded by friends and family and an abundance of treats!! 🎅

Also, a friendly reminder, the Museum will be closed on Christmas Day & New Year's Day, but we're open regular hours throughout the rest of the holiday season.

Learn more about The West End Museum at https://thewestendmuseum.org.

#WestEndBoston #neighborhoodlife #OldBoston #BostonHistory #NewEnglandHistory #VisitBoston

Happy Hanukkah to all our patrons and friends! 🕎
12/22/2019

Happy Hanukkah to all our patrons and friends! 🕎

A couple shots from our current exhibit, "The Old Howard Theatre," which runs through Feb. 15, 2020. Come find out more ...
12/21/2019

A couple shots from our current exhibit, "The Old Howard Theatre," which runs through Feb. 15, 2020. Come find out more about Boston’s oldest and best-loved playhouse, which stood in the heart of Scollay Square just steps from the old West End. More info at https://bit.ly/34gyzqT.

Photos by Abigail Egan Photography for The West End Museum

The Howard Athenaeum The Old Howard Troupe #theater #WestEndBoston #burlesque

The Longfellow Bridge overlooking boats on the Charles River and an Old Town Trolley between West End Place and the Tip ...
12/13/2019

The Longfellow Bridge overlooking boats on the Charles River and an Old Town Trolley between West End Place and the Tip O'Neill Building in the West End.

What do you remember about the "Salt and Pepper Bridge" or activities along the Charles? Have you ever taken a guided tour of part of Boston? Which one and what was your experience like?

Photos by Bimal Nepal, Photographer for The West End Museum

Learn more about the Museum at https://thewestendmuseum.org.

Old Town Trolley Tours Charles River Esplanade Charles River Esplanade Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation #WestEndBoston

Professor Lois Ascher, a West End Museum Board member, with her Wentworth students as they embark on a tour of the West ...
12/13/2019

Professor Lois Ascher, a West End Museum Board member, with her Wentworth students as they embark on a tour of the West End. Notice the new sidewalk sign about the Museum featuring a drawing of old Ward Boss Martin Lomnasney! 11.22.19

A week from tonight, on December 19, the Museum presents #Burlesque 101.Duane Lucia, curator of "The Old Howard Theatre"...
12/13/2019

A week from tonight, on December 19, the Museum presents #Burlesque 101.

Duane Lucia, curator of "The Old Howard Theatre" exhibit, will share video clips that trace burlesque’s history and evolution, starting from the time Adah Isaacs Menken set the stage for what would become modern burlesque through #striptease.

$10 / Free to Members
Pre-registration required at https://bit.ly/2R4UMFw, or call 617 723-2125.
Time: 7PM to 8:30PM

Photo: Ann Corio ca.1932, Courtesy IMDB

On Thursday, December 19, the Museum presents #Burlesque 101.Duane Lucia, curator of "The Old Howard Theatre" exhibit, w...
12/09/2019

On Thursday, December 19, the Museum presents #Burlesque 101.

Duane Lucia, curator of "The Old Howard Theatre" exhibit, will share video clips that trace burlesque’s history and evolution, starting from the time Adah Isaacs Menken set the stage for what would become modern burlesque through #striptease.

$10 / Free to Members
Pre-registration required at https://bit.ly/2R4UMFw, or call 617 723-2125.

Time: 7PM to 8:30PM

Photo: Ann Corio ca.1932, Courtesy IMDB

#bostonhistory #WestEndBoston #WestEndMuseum

Don't forget - TOMORROW NIGHT at 7PM!$10 / Free to MembersPre-registration required at https://bit.ly/2OxBw1H, or call 6...
12/04/2019

Don't forget - TOMORROW NIGHT at 7PM!
$10 / Free to Members
Pre-registration required at https://bit.ly/2OxBw1H, or call 617 723-2125.

Duane Lucia, curator of "The Old Howard Theatre" exhibit, will present a documentary on #vaudeville along with a lively discussion and related video clips. He will also lead an exhibit tour.

Support us on this #GivingTuesday. When you shop through Amazon Smile, Amazon.com will donate a portion of your purchase...
12/03/2019

Support us on this #GivingTuesday. When you shop through Amazon Smile, Amazon.com will donate a portion of your purchases to The West End Museum. Use it on December 3rd and every time you shop!
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-5438528

#AmazonSmile

Do your #CyberMonday shopping via AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to The West End Museum! Bookmark this link...
12/01/2019

Do your #CyberMonday shopping via AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to The West End Museum! Bookmark this link now and be sure to use it tomorrow (and every time you shop). https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-543852

On Thursday, December 5th, join us for a documentary on #vaudeville along with a lively discussion and related video cli...
11/30/2019

On Thursday, December 5th, join us for a documentary on #vaudeville along with a lively discussion and related video clips. Duane Lucia, curator of "The Old Howard Theatre" exhibit, will also lead an exhibit tour.

Tag your friends below and let them know your December 5th plans!

$10 / Free to Members
Pre-registration required at https://bit.ly/2OxBw1H, or call 617 723-2125.

Image courtesy: Library of Congress
#bostonhistory #WestEndBoston #WestEndMuseum The Old Howard Troupe

****Do you remember?****Here's a photo of the beach at Charlesbank WPA Project from April 1938. Peter Rasky submitted th...
11/30/2019

****Do you remember?****

Here's a photo of the beach at Charlesbank WPA Project from April 1938. Peter Rasky submitted the photo to the West Ender Newsletter in 2005.

Explore more about The West End Museum at https://thewestendmuseum.org.

#WestEndBoston #neighborhoodlife #OldBoston #BostonHistory #NewEnglandHistory #VisitBoston

From all of us at The West End Museum, we hope you have a wonderful #holiday surrounded by #family, #friends, and all so...
11/27/2019

From all of us at The West End Museum, we hope you have a wonderful #holiday surrounded by #family, #friends, and all sorts of delicious treats!

#HappyThanksgiving #Thanksgiving #WestEndBoston

Special shout-out to @historicimage (on Twitter) for sending this rare photo of the Howard Athenaeum our way last year!I...
11/23/2019

Special shout-out to @historicimage (on Twitter) for sending this rare photo of the Howard Athenaeum our way last year!

If you've got West End photos you'd like to share, please do! Click on Send Message below and in the message window, tell us about the photo – who/what/when/where it is – then click the photo icon to upload a photo from your computer and send.

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TOMORROW NIGHT at 7PMBlack Face Exposed$10 / Free to Museum MembersPre-registration at https://thewestendmuseum.org/Exhi...
11/21/2019

TOMORROW NIGHT at 7PM
Black Face Exposed
$10 / Free to Museum Members
Pre-registration at https://thewestendmuseum.org/

Exhibit curator Duane Lucia and co-curator Kevin Porter share video clips from the Jim Crowe Museum and the Library of Congress as they draw reference to corresponding aspects of “The Old Howard Theatre” show. Those include The Howard’s #segregation policies through more than 100 years, including the “colored gallery” over which #abolitionist and #suffragist Sarah Parker Remond (pictured) sued the Howard and won civil damages. The format of minstrel shows, the Jim Crowe character and subsequent Jim Crowe laws, and the use of black face in #vaudeville will also be covered.

Photo courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum

#WestEndBoston #BostonHistory #endracism #fightracism

Black Face ExposedThursday, November 21, 2019; 7:00 - 8:30pm$10 / Free to Museum MembersPre-registration coming soon at ...
11/19/2019

Black Face Exposed
Thursday, November 21, 2019; 7:00 - 8:30pm
$10 / Free to Museum Members
Pre-registration coming soon at https://thewestendmuseum.org/

Exhibit curator Duane Lucia and co-curator Kevin Porter share video clips from the Jim Crowe Museum and the Library of Congress as they draw reference to corresponding aspects of “The Old Howard Theatre” show. Those include The Howard’s #segregation policies through more than 100 years, including the “colored gallery” over which #abolitionist and #suffragist Sarah Parker Remond (pictured) sued the Howard and won civil damages. The format of minstrel shows, the Jim Crowe character and subsequent Jim Crowe laws, and the use of black face in #vaudeville will also be covered.

Photo courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum

#WestEndBoston #BostonHistory #endracism #fightracism

Don't forget – TOMORROW at 7PM!Come for a night of #burlesque #music with The John Licata Burlesk Band performing classi...
11/15/2019

Don't forget – TOMORROW at 7PM!

Come for a night of #burlesque #music with The John Licata Burlesk Band performing classics from the 1940s #ScollaySquare "burly" houses, like “Night Train,” “Tin Roof Blues,” and “St. James Infirmary.”

$10 / $5 Museum Members

Pre-registration required at https://bit.ly/34NOCNB.

John Licata #jazz #livemusic #WestEndBoston #WestEndMuseum

Blackface ExposedThursday, November 21, 2019; 7:00 - 8:30pm$10 / Free to Museum MembersPre-registration required at http...
11/14/2019

Blackface Exposed
Thursday, November 21, 2019; 7:00 - 8:30pm
$10 / Free to Museum Members
Pre-registration required at https://bit.ly/2pfc2fw

Exhibit curator Duane Lucia and co-curator Kevin Porter share video clips from the Jim Crowe Museum and the Library of Congress as they draw reference to corresponding aspects of “The Old Howard Theatre” show. Those include The Howard’s #segregation policies through more than 100 years, including the “colored gallery” over which #abolitionist and #suffragist Sarah Parker Remond (pictured) sued the Howard and won civil damages. The format of minstrel shows, the Jim Crowe character and subsequent Jim Crowe laws, and the use of blackface in #vaudeville will also be covered.

Photo courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum

#WestEndBoston #BostonHistory #endracism #fightracism

A week from tomorrow – SATURDAY, NOV 16th, 7-9PMCome to The West End Museum for an unforgettable night of music featurin...
11/09/2019

A week from tomorrow – SATURDAY, NOV 16th, 7-9PM

Come to The West End Museum for an unforgettable night of music featuring John Licata's Burlesk Band playing classics from the 1940s Scollay Square “burly” houses.

$10 / $5 Museum Members

Pre-registration required at https://bit.ly/32mwYig.

#burlesque #livemusic #WestEndBoston #ScollaySquare #OldHoward #1940s #music

This is the actual sign from the Howard Athenaeum building, aka, The Old Howard. It now resides at The West End Museum a...
11/07/2019

This is the actual sign from the Howard Athenaeum building, aka, The Old Howard. It now resides at The West End Museum as part of our permanent exhibit, "The Last Tenement." https://bit.ly/2QaLSWf

Learn more about this historic establishment in our current exhibit, "The Old Howard Theatre." https://bit.ly/36TH917

>>Did you know that The Old Howard is one of the most famous theaters in Boston history?

>>The first Italian opera ever performed in America was at the Howard – Verdi’s “Ernani.”

>>The Howard was controversially torn down at the height of Boston's West End urban renewal project.

>>Famous performers who graced the Howard's stage include: Abbot and Costello, W.C. Fields, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Lewis, Gypsy Lee Rose, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, and Ann Corio.

#westendmuseum #westendboston #bostonhistory #americanhistory #digboston #igersboston #theatredistrict #bostonusa #oldisgold

Dirty Old Boston Old School Boston

#FBF**Connections North: Bridges of the West End**This 2013 exhibit tells a story that spans 300 years—from the time whe...
11/01/2019
Connections North: Bridges of the West End - Online Exhibition

#FBF

**Connections North: Bridges of the West End**

This 2013 exhibit tells a story that spans 300 years—from the time when Harvard College’s main source of income was the Charlestown ferry, through present-day Boston and the $253 million Longfellow Bridge reconstruction project.

Click below to learn more about the exhibit and the importance of the West End bridges in the evolution of our city as a whole.

#FlashbackFriday #westendmuseum #westendboston #bostonhistory

Connections North tells a story that spans 300 years—from the time when Harvard College’s main source of income was the Charlestown ferry, through present-day Boston and the $253million Longfellow Bridge reconstruction project. The exhibit reveals how the progression of bridges changed not just ...

Here's a 1927 photo of West End boys participating in a rollerskating race down by the Charles River. We believe that's ...
10/30/2019

Here's a 1927 photo of West End boys participating in a rollerskating race down by the Charles River. We believe that's the Craigie Bridge, aka the Charles River Dam Bridge , in the distance. It could be the The Longfellow Bridge, aka "The Salt-and-Pepper Bridge." It's hard to tell. What do you think?

Do you spot anyone you know? Do you remember this race or have stories about it? We want to hear from you!

Photo Courtesy of Gallery East

Dirty Old Boston Old School Boston

#Boston #History #WestEndBoston #CharlesRiver #TheCharles #LoveThatDirtyWater

#FBF to Boston's old West End. These guys look like they're about to enjoy a slush on a hot summer day! That's Gaetano "...
10/18/2019

#FBF to Boston's old West End. These guys look like they're about to enjoy a slush on a hot summer day! That's Gaetano "Guy" Megna serving his popular slush to Vito "Vinnie" Lenzi, Guy's brother-in-law.

Any thoughts on what the "Rubberized Curled Hair" was or used for? Let us know in the comments below! 🤔

Photo courtesy of The West End Museum archives, Frani Collection, 1961

Dirty Old Boston Old School Boston

#BostonSummers #OldBoston #BostonHistory #NewEnglandHistory #VisitBoston #WestEndBoston #neighborhoodlife #BostonSummerDiary #BostonSummers #OldBoston #BostonHistory #NewEnglandHistory

Check out this powerful opinion piece by our Executive Director Duane Lucia in opposition to Mass General Hospital's pro...
10/18/2019
Viewpoint: Don't destroy what remains of Boston's West End - Boston Business Journal

Check out this powerful opinion piece by our Executive Director Duane Lucia in opposition to Mass General Hospital's proposed expansion plan, which would destroy three of only a handful of buildings that survived #urbanrenewal in the old West End.

"The demolition of these buildings will continue to erode a period of #Boston #history it is essential that we remember. The buildings serve as reminders of a diverse multi-ethnic #immigrant #community that lived in the North Anderson tenement, was educated at the Winchell School, and was cultured toward excellence at the West End House."

#WestEndBoston #preservation #diversity West End House Leonard Nimoy

Viewpoint: We at the West End Museum oppose any development project by Massachusetts General Hospital that would demolish any of the few remnants of the West End that remain.

Don't Forget!! "The Old Howard Theatre" exhibit reception happens tomorrow from 6:30 -8PM. FREE and open to all! Hope to...
10/16/2019

Don't Forget!! "The Old Howard Theatre" exhibit reception happens tomorrow from 6:30 -8PM. FREE and open to all! Hope to see you there.

More info at https://bit.ly/35b9I9v.

Is this Martha's Vineyard? The Cape, perhaps? Hold onto your hats: it's the Charles River Esplanade circa 1940! Check ou...
10/11/2019

Is this Martha's Vineyard? The Cape, perhaps? Hold onto your hats: it's the Charles River Esplanade circa 1940! Check out the swimmers, sunbathers, and passerby enjoying a summer day along the Charles with the Cambridge Viaduct (correction per Victor DeRubeis) in the distance.

We can't quite imagine jumping in the Charles these days, but did you, or do you know anyone who frequented this city "beach"?

Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Explore more about The West End Museum at https://thewestendmuseum.org.

#WestEndBoston #neighborhoodlife #BostonSummerDiary #BostonSummers #OldBoston #BostonHistory #NewEnglandHistory #VisitBoston

On October 21st, we'll host author and historian David Kruh as he takes you backstage and into the cushioned seats of Bo...
10/07/2019

On October 21st, we'll host author and historian David Kruh as he takes you backstage and into the cushioned seats of Boston’s most famous – and infamous – theater, The Old Howard in Scollay Square. The event is FREE for West End Museum members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required at http://bit.ly/2MhVafB 🎭

Pictured below, John Duffy serenades passersby on June 21, 1961, the day after a fire gutted the beloved Old Howard where Duffy had performed many times.

Photo by Myer Ostroff; submitted to Dirty Old Boston by David Kruh.

Judging by those sundresses plus the classic rolled-up sleeves and trousers paired with loafers, we bet this photo was c...
10/04/2019

Judging by those sundresses plus the classic rolled-up sleeves and trousers paired with loafers, we bet this photo was clicked on a fine summer evening. How fun to see these stylish young moms out with their little kids enjoying some Italian ices in the old neighborhood. Do you see any familiar faces here, know this mom-and-pop grocery store, or have stories about summer times in the West End? Tell us more in a comment below! 💬

Photo courtesy of The West End Museum archives.

Explore more about the Museum at https://thewestendmuseum.org.

#WestEndBoston #neighborhoodlife

Join us on October 17 for "The Old Howard Theatre" show reception. Enjoy light refreshments and tour the exhibit compris...
10/02/2019

Join us on October 17 for "The Old Howard Theatre" show reception. Enjoy light refreshments and tour the exhibit comprised of photographs, artifacts, and graphic panels that trace the rich history – from opera, ballet, and serious drama to vaudeville and burlesque – of the renowned and ultimately infamous playhouse.

FREE and open to the public! Walk-ins welcome.

For more details: http://bit.ly/2nEOwro

Check out this classic shot of members of The West End House's George Brenner Association at its 1948 Bradford dance. Th...
09/27/2019

Check out this classic shot of members of The West End House's George Brenner Association at its 1948 Bradford dance. That's Leonard Nimoy , known as Lenny, second from the left in the front row.

Photo courtesy of The West Ender Newsletter & George Polson

You can see issues of Jim Campano's The West Ender from 1985-2012 in the Museum's online archives at https://bit.ly/2maVKTn.

On Thurs. Oct. 10, the Museum hosts its annual Italian Heritage Month Honoree Night. This year, we'll recognize Bowdoin ...
09/25/2019

On Thurs. Oct. 10, the Museum hosts its annual Italian Heritage Month Honoree Night. This year, we'll recognize Bowdoin Print founder Anthony “Nino” Mondello and burlesque queen Ann Corio for their contributions to the history and culture of the West End. http://bit.ly/2kD7nSk.

As part of our 2014 Italian Heritage Month celebration, we hosted a photo exhibit of former Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco's many boxing matches at the old Boston Garden. That's a statue of him in the photo below.

DeMarco grew up in Boston’s North End but cut his boxing teeth at the West End Boys Club. In the 1950s, he fought and defeated the top contenders and champions in his division, winning 58 bouts and capturing the undisputed world title.

DeMarco is a National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame inductee and has a street named after him (Tony DeMarco Way) and a statue at the intersection of Hanover and Cross Streets in the North End.

Address

150 Staniford St
Boston, MA
02114

5-Minute Walk from North Station & Bowdoin; Less than 10 Minutes from Science Park/West End & Haymarket

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(617) 723-2125

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