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Boston has been called the "Athens of America" for its wealth of educational and civic institutions. As an William James College student, you'll be right in the heart of this intellectual gold mine. More than 300,000 college and graduate students from around the world find the city's cultural resources intertwined with their academic and social activities. No matter what your academic or personal interests, the riches of Boston will play a part in your everyday life at William James College.


All information provided by the city of Boston website: www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/museums.asp

Boston Children's Museum
Boston Children's Museum is the place to go for kids in Boston. Interactive educational exhibits and staged events promise a fun - filled experience.

Boston Fire Museum
The Boston Fire Museum has occupied the old firehouse at on Congress Street since 1983. The goal of the Museum is to preserve and display fire fighting memorabilia from the Greater Boston area, educate and inform the general public on fire safety, restore and maintain the landmark building, and to support the fire service in general.

Boston Public Library
Free tours of the nation's first public library highlight the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters.

Commonwealth Museum
The Commonwealth Museum is the state museum of Massachusetts' history and its people. Whether you are a teacher or a history buff, this is a museum for you to visit.

French Cultural Center
The French Library and Cultural Center is a non - profit organization devoted to promoting the culture and language of Franc e and the Francophone world.

Gibson House Museum
Gibson House is the historic house museum of the Back Bay. It is unique as an unspoiled single - family residence that retains its kitchen, scullery, butler's pantry and water closets, as well as formal rooms and private family quarters, filled with the Gibsons' original furniture and personal possessions.

Historic New England Historic
New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It includes Pie rce House in Dorchester and Otis House Museum on Cambridge Street.

Institute of Contemporary Art
At a spectacular venue on Boston's waterfront, The ICA continues to present provocative programs that explore ideas, issues and exhibitions and images of our time. From Picasso, O'Keefe and Warhol to Cindy Sherman and Bill Viola, the ICA has been the first to show many of the most innovative and inspired artists from around the world for nearly 65 years.

Isabella Gardner Museum
Modeled after a 15th - century Venetian palazzo surrounding an interior courtyard garden, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses one of the most remarkable art collections in the world. Special contemporary and historic exhibitions, America's oldest museum music program, and an artist - in - residence program enrich the permanent collection and provide ongoing inspiration for visitors. In celebration of the museum's founder, all named "Isabella" are admitted free.

John F. Kennedy Library &Museum
Located on a ten - acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy. The Museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.

Mary Baker Eddy Library
Home to the "mapparium" room that Winston Churchill himself once dreamed up. The Library provides educational materials on the life, ideas, and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy.

Massachusetts Historical Society
The Massachusetts Historical Society is an independent research library and manuscript repository that aims to collect, preserve and make rare documents accessible to the public to promote the study of the history of Massachusetts.

Museum of African American History
This museum aims to preserve and accurately portray African American history from colonial times. Here you will find different exhibits and can take a tour of the Black Heritage Trail.

Museum of Fine Arts
From ground - breaking exhibits to state - of - the - art galleries the MFA has it all. From one of the world's largest Asian art collection to Egyptian mummies, the MFA has something for all visitors.

Museum of Science
This interactive muse um is sure to be fun for the whole family! From hands on exhibits to the planetarium, there is an endless amount of fun to be had.

Nichols House Museum
The Nichols House Museum, located at the heart of Beacon Hill, is open to the public as an historic house museum reflecting the domestic life of a typical family of Beacon Hill at the turn of the last century. The museum is part of the historical legacy of one of the most famous neighborhoods of America.

Old South Meeting House
Visit this beautiful National Historic Landmark and museum to experience events that shaped the United States or attend a program that helps keep the democratic ideals of freedom of speech and assembly alive.

Old State House
Discover the wonderful story of the role the Old State House - and Boston - played in the American Revolution. Other exhibitions highlight the collections of The Bostonian Society.

Paul Revere House
The Paul Revere House has become a national historic landmark as the former home of Paul Revere, who set out on hi s famous "midnight ride" on April 18, 1775. The home is downtown Boston's oldest building and one of the few remaining from an early era in the history of colonial America.

New England Sports Museum
The Sports Museum is located in the TD Banknorth Garden. This museums aim is to showcase the wealth of sports history New England has to offer.

Trinity Church
Learn the story of Trinity Church's historic building and its fine arts elements, the history of the parish, and the message that Trinity is home to a thriving congregation today in Copley Square.

U.S.S. Constitution Museum
Visitors to the USS Constitution Museum's galleries experience Constitution's history and the lives of the men who sailed her. Along with artifacts in cases, the Museum's exhibits let visitors explore and experience the Ship's history in engaging interactive exhibits that make a personal connection to Old Ironsides.


All information provided by the city of Boston website: www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/sports.asp

Explore the Boston Sports Trail
Both die-hards and bandwagon jumpers alike can get their sports fix even on off-days by visiting stops along the Boston Sports Trail. The GPS tour can be download to your GPS or other mobile devices.
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Boston Blazers
The Boston Blazers are New England's professional indoor lacrosse team. The Blazers' home is also at TD Garden, so if you like the B's and C's then you'll love Boston's newest team.
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Boston Breakers
You can also see world class soccer right here in Boston. The Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer play 12 home games at Harvard Stadium from April through September. Come early to tailgate and engage in the Fan Zone and stick around post-game for Autograph Alley and your chance to meet the world's best soccer players.
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Boston Bruins
Competing for pennant space on the rafters of TD Garden are the Bruins, winners of 6 NHL Stanley Cup Championships and the first team to be awarded a franchise in the National Hockey League in 1924.
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Boston Cannons
The city also has a Major League Lacrosse team, who play their home games at Boston University's Nickerson Field.
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Boston Celtics
Boston fans are also passionate about the Boston Celtics, who have dominated the sport by winning 17 world championships and a record-setting 8 in a row from 1959-1966.
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Boston Lobsters
The Boston Lobsters are a member of the World Team Tennis League and play all home games at Harvard University's Bright Arena.
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Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon, held each April on Patriots' Day, remains one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world and one of the oldest marathon events.
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Boston Red Sox
Fans are especially fond of Fenway Park, home of the 8-time World Champion Boston Red Sox.
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Collegiate Sports
Collegiate sports in Boston have been shining brightly in recent years as well, gaining national recognition and respect in hockey, basketball and football.
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Head of the Charles Regatta
Each October, champion rowers have come from around the world to take part in the Head of the Charles, the world's largest regatta.
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New England Patriots
From November to January, the National Football League's 4-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots draw sell-out crowds to Gillette Stadium just outside of Boston.
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New England Revolution
Another draw to Gillette Stadium is the region's Major League Soccer franchise.
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All information provided by the city of Boston website www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/show.asp

Half-Price Tickets to the Performing ArtsWant to see a great show? Not crazy about paying for the tickets? BosTix is your solution! Visit the booths in Faneuil Hall Marketplace or Copley Square or check out the online site for half-priced tickets on a multitude of amazing shows!

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Now in its 129th season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States and around the world; in addition, it reaches audiences numbering in the millions through its various recorded performances.
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Boston Opera House
The Boston Opera House is one of the finest examples of the vaudeville circuit palace at the pinnacle of its development and heavily influenced in design by French and Italian styles.
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Boston Colonial Theatre
The oldest continuously operating theater in New England, it opened on December 26, 1900.
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Cutler Majestic Theatre
A renowned performance arts venue hosted on Emerson College's campus.
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Wilbur Theatre
The historic Wilbur Theatre is now the ultimate destination for comedy and music in Boston.
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Shubert Theatre
The Shubert Theatre hosts an impressive array of world-class Broadway, theater, music, dance, comedy, opera and film.
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Wang Theatre
The Wang Theatre hosts an impressive array of world-class Broadway, theater, music, dance, comedy, opera and film.
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Calderwood Pavilion
The Calderwood Pavilion serves as a theatre hub and a cultural landmark for the City of Boston. It provides a home for artistic collaborations; fosters the development of new plays; helps build and diversify audiences; creates more opportunities for youth and community outreach.
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Lyric Stage Company
Award-winning not-for-profit Equity theater in the Back Bay.
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Shear Madness
The flagship Shear Madness Comedy Play opened in Boston back in January 1980, and is still going strong! Having been performed over 12,000 times. Shear Madness the best comedy play holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running play in the history of the American Theatre. Set today in a hairstyling salon that becomes the scene of a zany crime, the play is filled with up-to-the minute, spontaneous humor and is delightfully different every time you see it.
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Tourist Attractions

All information provided by the City of Boston website www.cityofboston.gov.


Duck Tours
Take a tour around the streets and waters of Boston on one of the famous amphibious Ducks! www.bostonducktours.com

Freedom Trail
A 2.5 mile brick path brings visitors to some of the most historic and significant places in the city and country's history. www.thefreedomtrail.org

Boston hop-on hop-off trolley tours
Turn back the pages of history on this fully narrated 1 hour & 50-minute tour of Boston. Hop off at one of 18 stops and tour Boston at your own pace! With this tour, receive complimentary admission to the Old State House Museum, Boston's preeminent historical museum. www.allbostontours.com

In and Around Boston

Freedom Trail
The 2.5 mile brick path brings visitors to some of the most historic and significant places in the city and country's history.

Fenway Park
The oldest Major League baseball park in the United States. Its small, intimate atmosphere really allows you to feel like you are "in the game." On a warm summer night there is nothing better than going to the park, sipping a beer and watching the game.

Samuel Adams Brewery
Tours are available

Boston Public Gardens
Famous for its Swan Boats, the park has over 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers. It is America's first public garden

Beacon Hill
The famous Boston Brahmin neighborhood of red brick sidewalks, cobblestoned streets, elegant townhouses and gas street lamps.

Castle Island
The site of a fort erected in 1634, Castle Island is a great place to walk, jog or just unwind and enjoy the view.

Harpoon Brewery
If you've enjoyed the Harpoon Ale products you will want to tour the brewery or join the fun at one of Harpoon's annual beer festivals.

Bunker Hill Monument
This 220-foot granite tower commemorates the Patriots' undaunted bravery in defeat at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill.

Blue Hills Reservation
For a nearby escape from the city, check out Blue Hills in the warm months for hiking and in the winter for skiing/snowboarding. www.mass.gov

Haymarket Square
An open-air fruit and vegetable market open during the daytime on Fridays and Saturdays.