Archive for the ‘Museums’ Category

Boston Children’s Museum Celebrates 100 Years

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Thursday, 20 Jun 2013

Boston Children's MuseumFor visitors to our city, the Boston Children’s Museum has always been a favorite family destination. And while the museum might be for kids, there’s no question that they’re all grown up as the venerable institution celebrates its 100th year! The museum first opened on August 1, 1913 at the Pinebank Mansion in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Although they moved into a larger space a few blocks away in the 1930s, the museum would remain in JP for several decades.

In 1979, out of a desire for more space and greater accessibility for residents of downtown Boston, the museum moved to an empty wool warehouse on the Fort Point Channel where it has remained ever since. After a $47-million project to renovate and expand the space in 2006 and 2007, the museum became the city’s first green museum.

As part of their centennial celebration, the Children’s Museum has posted a fantastic pictorial history detailing their growth and expansion over the past 100 years. If you’re visiting our Boston bed and breakfast with kids, you absolutely must visit the Children’s Museum! The museum is open Saturday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm and Fridays from 10am to 9pm and admission for adults and children costs $14.

A Summer Solstice Night’s Dream

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Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013

Summer is still just around the corner. Are you looking for a fun, enlightening way to bring in the Summer Solstice with your family? Why not make your way to the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, located just a short T ride from both Beacon Inn locations. They will be opening their doors for free from 5-9pm on June 21st for a celebration that observes the solstice rituals and traditions of many cultures.

The night kicks off at 5:00pm in their new Plaza located next to the Harvard Science Center at One Oxford Street in Cambridge. You will be welcomed by the dance troupe Red Herring Morris, who will be performing English ritual dances and erecting a May pole in honor of the new season. Dancing is encouraged!

Guests will also be awarded a rare cosmic treat, as Harvard Science Center opens their roof deck observatory to the public. Here you can watch the sun fade across the Boston skyline following its longest day in the sky.

Other fun activities to check out include traditional Aztec dances, planetarium shows especially for kids, and even the opportunity to navigate using a sunstone, just like the Vikings! We guarantee you’ll be tired after learning ancient dances and voyaging until the Normans have conquered, so return to the Inn and relax in one of our comfortable, spacious rooms.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Sunday, 16 Jun 2013

Here at the Beacon Inn we’d like to wish all the dads out there a very happy Father’s Day! If you’re staying with us in Boston this weekend, we have a few suggestions for things to do:

Visit the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum:Just a short drive from Boston, the deCordova Sculpture Park offers a great outdoor art experience. If you’re looking to get a little fresh air and see some great modern sculpture, this is a unique museum that we highly recommend. Dads get free admission from 10am to 5pm!

Grab a Father’s Day Brunch: Zaftigs Delicatessen is one of our favorite brunch destinations in Boston for both savory and sweet options, but you can definitely expect a wait, especially for a Sunday brunch on Father’s Day. If you don’t mind standing in line for a little while, the food is well worth the wait! (We recommend the potato pancakes and the banana-stuffed French toast.) It’s a pleasant walk from either of our Beacon Street locations. If you’re looking for something a little different and don’t mind a little more of a walk, we recommend Deep Ellum for a slightly more upscale brunch (duck confit hash!) or the Allston Diner for a hipster take on Southern comfort food (chicken and waffles!), both in the neighboring community of Allston.

Take a Tour of Fenway Park: Between 11am and 2pm, stop by Fenway Park for their annual Father’s Day “Walk in the Park.” This free event gives families a close-up look at one of America’s most historic ballparks. Take a walk around the warning track, sit inside the visitor and home dugouts, and get autographs from Red Sox alumni!

Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, located at 280 The Fenway in Boston, is not only home to paintings and sculptures, but also a breathtaking outdoor courtyard and garden. As you explore the collections of rare books and manuscripts and decadent furniture, you will begin to get a sense of Isabella’s vision ­­­– an installation that inspires an emotional, intimate response from every viewer.

Isabella Stewart Gardner, a philanthropist and art collector, established the museum in 1903 in the style of a 15th-century Venetian palace. The lighting and display of the work gives the museum the atmosphere of a private home, giving visitors the full experience of Gardner’s curatorial vision.

On March 18, 1990, art thieves stole $500 million worth of artwork from the collection in an infamous heist. Over two decades later, the crime remains unsolved, but the museum still boasts an impressive range of works encompassing a diverse array of European, Asian, and American art. We love the museum so much we even named one of our guest rooms at our Boston bed and breakfast after Mrs. Gardner!

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $5 for college students with a valid ID, and free for visitors the age of 18. And if your name happens to be “Isabella,” that guarantees you free admission for life!