The Massachusetts Whale Trail features nearly 40 stops along the coast and in Western Massachusetts. From whale watch tours to the inspiration for Moby Dick, the Massachusetts Whale Trail highlights the Commonwealth’s connection to whales with museums, attractions, historic sites, and tours. 2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of Herman Melville’s birthday, the author of the famous novel. Visit whaletrailma.com for more information.
The Masterpiece Trail highlights 24 masterpieces from 24 galleries and museums around Massachusetts. Download at massvacation.com/masterpiece-trail.
November 2019, Boston
ArcLight Cinemas, a Los Angeles based luxury movie theater chain, is opening the Northeast’s very first ArcLight Cinema in Boston. With numerous locations in the West Coast area, ArcLight looks to provide viewers with a premium experience in Boston at The Hub on Causeway complex.
December 8, 2019, Boston
The Roxbury Stringfest, will look to engage the city of Boston and liven up its local community by bringing the joy of live musical performances to the neighborhood. The performances will include Cello and vocal trio Voci Angelica, as well as ensemble string orchestras.
The Boch Center Wang Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been one of the premiere theatrical destinations in Boston since opening in 1925. Rivaled by few other theatres in the world, it boasts a seating capacity of 3,500 and one of the five largest stages in the U.S. The historic Boch Center Wang Theatre now offers behind-the-scenes tours of one of Boston’s most prominent landmarks including an exclusive look at The Music Hall, part of the upcoming Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame.
Off The Beaten Path Food Tours and Experiences, a start-up tour and events business, is debuting three new food tours in a series of nine food & history walking tours. The new tours include: a Food and Mural Arts Tour in Central Square, Cambridge; a Food Innovation Tour in Kendall Square, Cambridge; and a Cultural Canalways District Food Tour in Downtown Lowell, Massachusetts.
Boston, September 19, 2019 – May 3, 2021
Women Take the Floor is an exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts that features over 200 works and 7 thematic galleries that highlights the works of female artists. The exhibition sets out to challenge the dominant history of art set forth by 20th century male artists, and sheds light on underappreciated works and stories brought about by female artists.
As part of MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative, the MIT Museum is preparing to take up residence in the eye of Kendall Square’s innovation district, where it will occupy more than 58,000 square feet of galleries, classrooms, and state-of-the-art program and performance spaces—all at the threshold of MIT’s campus. The projected opening date for the new Museum is October 2021.
October 31, 2019 – June 30, 2020, Boston
The Massachusetts Historical Society is presenting an exhibition and short film that is free and open to the public, based on the events that unfolded in the evening of March 5th, 1770, where 5 civilians were fatally wounded by British soldiers. This event came to be known as the Boston Massacre, and this exhibition will unravel the evidence and questions surrounded this moment in history.
May 14-19, 2020, Boston
With the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing, the Mayflower Sails 2020 will commemorate this historic event in which the Mayflower ship brought the first English Puritans to Plymouth. After a $20 million 3 year restoration project, the Mayflower looks to set sail for the first time.
Revolution 250 is a collaborative effort made by over 40 nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government agencies to commemorate the events leading up to Independence Day. Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, this program explores the history of the American Revolution through a celebration of the arts, gatherings, exhibitions, and events throughout the year.
North of Boston
Fall 2019 – Spring 2020, Andover
The Addison is one of the oldest institutions dedicated to American art and has one of the most significant collections of American art in the world, providing unparalleled resources to both high school students and the public. Under the leadership of Director Judith F. Dolkart, the Addison’s 2019–2020 exhibition program continues exploration of the museum’s guiding question: What Is America? Also, on view during the 2019–2020 academic year are two exhibitions drawing on the Addison’s collection of more than 23,000 works of American art. The fall 2019 cohort of students in the ART400 course at Phillips Academy will mine the museum’s robust holdings to conceptualize and realize an original exhibition; and George Washington: American Icon will examine the image of the general-turned president in American visual culture.
Concord, October 2019
Come see the Museum’s newly renovated galleries:
~Visit the Gateway to Concord, including a vibrant media presentation
~Explore the dramatic introductory gallery, Concord: At the Center of Revolution
~Experience the People of Musketaquid gallery
~Engage with artifacts in the History Learning Center
The Peabody Essex Museum underwent an expansion, which opened in the fall 2019. The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) also recently announced that Brian Kennedy will become the next Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Executive Director and CEO. The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) was founded in 1799, so this year also marks 220 years! It is the oldest continually operated museum in the country.
South of Boston
Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth
“The First Thanksgiving, 1621” — A Painting by Karen Rinaldo is on exhibit at Falmouth Museums on the Green through 2021. The painting shows all the participants attending the first Thanksgiving. It was on display at Pilgrim Hall Museum and Plimoth Plantation from 1995 to 2017, and was used in numerous textbooks nationally and internationally. The painting depicts the Mayflower survivors and the Wampanoags who joined them in a communal recognition of their friendship.
Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth
The Plymouth Tapestry will tell the story of early Plymouth in a heroically-scaled needlework piece, based on original artwork by Plymouth artist Elizabeth Creeden, and created entirely by hand by volunteer stitchers.
A visual exploration of history, memory, and culture, the Plymouth Tapestry illustrates the experiences of the Wampanoag people who inhabited the region for thousands of years, and the Pilgrims, the English settlers who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 to establish a new home in a unique place. The multi-media-thread-on-linen embroidery will be comprised of twenty 6-foot-long panels. Through imagery and text, each panel reveals contexts and events that shaped the founding of Plymouth Colony. Selected panels will be displayed in fall 2019 and through 2020, with accompanying programs and opportunities to work in progress. The entire Tapestry series will be exhibited on completion in 2021. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
March 30, 2020
Jenney Museum, Plymouth
Conversations with a Pilgrim is a 60-minute faith-based program on a variety of topics related to the Pilgrims and more, presented by the Jenney Museum. Topics include “Pilgrim Economics”, “Tell Me About My Pilgrim Ancestor”, “Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness”, “The Abolitionists”, and “The Pilgrim Family – A Model to Follow”. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Jenney Museum at 508.747.4544. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
March 31, 2020
Jenney Museum, Plymouth
The Jenney Museum presents a 45-minute faith-based interpretive tour of the National Monument to the Forefathers. This 81-foot statue tells the whole Pilgrim story, why they left England, how they governed themselves, and more. Leo Martin, Director of Pilgrim History at the Museum, takes tourists around the statue, explaining the rich history of the Pilgrim story dressed in period costume. He begins with the Pilgrims’ journey from England to Plymouth, bringing to life their stories of faith, their struggles, their beliefs about family life, education, law and liberty, and more. The National Monument to the Forefathers is thought to be the largest solid granite monument in the United States. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at 508-747-4544. The tour begins at the Jenney Museum, located at 48 Summer Street in Plymouth. (No tours on Sundays). 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
March 31, 2020
Jenney Museum, Plymouth
The Jenney Museum presents a 90-minute guided walk through the historic district of Plymouth. Learn about the people, places, and events of the beginning of our country as you walk along Town Brook on the same paths our forefathers walked hundreds of years ago. What led the Pilgrims to come to America? Is Plymouth Rock really the rock they stepped on? The tour includes Brewster Gardens, Plymouth Rock, the historic waterfront area and the monuments, Cole’s Hill, Leyden Street, and Town Square. This interpretive faith-based tour of the historic district is given by Leo Martin, Director of Pilgrim History at the museum, dressed in period clothing. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 508-747-4544. The tour begins at the Jenney Museum, 48 Summer Street in Plymouth. No tours on Sundays. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
April 24, 2020
Sandwich St, downtown Plymouth
The Opening Ceremony of the Plymouth 400 Commemoration will be unlike any event in our lifetime! We will kick off Plymouth 400 in grand style with a procession (stepping off at 11AM on Sandwich Street) through downtown Plymouth that will be local, national, and international in scope. Among the confirmed participants are Veterans and Active Duty Military, Wampanoag and Pilgrim descendant groups, US military bands, reenactment groups including the New Plimoth Gard, Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and the Honourable Artillery Company of London, the US Coast Guard Band, and more!
Plymouth400.org 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
April 25, 2020
Burial Hill Cemetery, School Street, Plymouth
The Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company & Honorable Artillery Company of London dedicated two Guernsey Cannons at the Tercentenary Celebration. Join us as we make history again and dedicate a new Cannon as part of the Plymouth 400 commemoration. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
April 25, 2020
Memorial Hall, Plymouth
The 400 Years of Law and Justice in America event will bring together lawyers, judges, and laypeople to honor Law and Justice in America with historically accurate accounts of the creation and application of our first laws with authoritative keynote speakers. 400 Years of Law and Justice will take place on the second day of the Plymouth 400 Commemoration Opening Ceremony, a cross-cultural spectacle of historical content, visual and performing arts, special guest speakers, and much more! The Plymouth County Bar Association is hosting this event and inviting all members of all the Massachusetts Bar Associations and representatives of each State Bar Association to celebrate the foundation of laws of our country that began with the Mayflower Compact and the Pilgrim-Wampanoag peace treaty. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 1 through May 10, 2020
Multitude of new events in and around Plymouth
Artweek Plymouth 2020 is a 10-day event that includes more than 35 events in the Plymouth Bay Cultural District. Local businesses and the art and culture communities collaborate on various new events focused on educational and cultural engagement with visitor participation.
May 2, 2020
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton
Fuller Craft Museum presents Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage, an exhibition recognizing the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing and its significance to American and world history. Developed in partnership with Fuller Craft Museum, Plymouth College of Art, and The Box (both in Plymouth, England), Another Crossing brings together ten artists from the United States and Europe for a global, cross-cultural effort that examines a pivotal event in world history. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 2, 2020
Plymouth Memorial Hall
The Plymouth 400 National Choral Festival will feature up to 400 choristers with orchestra uniting in song to celebrate the traditions which have significantly shaped the building of America! This Gala Choral Festival Concert is hosted by Plimoth Plantation. 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.
May 6, 2020
Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his 2007 book, Mayflower, and why this voyage was so important to America’s history. 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
June 2, 2020
105 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA
The Alden Kindred of America is creating a permanent archaeological exhibit about historical icons and Mayflower Pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden, based on new scholarship that brings to light their lives in 17th century Duxbury against the backdrop of Plymouth Colony. The nationally significant artifacts, unearthed in a dig of the first Alden home site in 1960 by historical archaeologist Roland W. Robbins, include household materials, personal items, rare armaments, and tools, along with Native American artifacts. Most of the artifacts have never been shown before. A recent analysis of the recovered ceramic artifacts sheds new light on the Aldens’ everyday lives and a rare glimpse of the world of 17th-century women in Plymouth Colony. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
June 29 at 5:00 am, July 4 at 6:00 pm
The Dreamride 400 event is an opportunity for a team of riders to ride bicycles from Philadelphia to Plymouth. The purpose of the event is to spread the message of the 400th commemoration of Plymouth, MA with a model grounded in education and spreading motivational messages for youth.
March 22, 2020
24 West Street, Norwell
Celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage at at the James Library & Center for the Arts with the living history performance “I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU LUCY STONE”. Challenging discrimination is not easy; Lucy Stone was never one to take the easy road. The ﬁrst woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, Lucy was an ardent supporter of human rights. Always ﬁerce, her belief that women and men be equal was evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Her message inspired thousands to join the suffrage movement; even Susan B. Anthony credits Lucy’s impassioned speeches for her involvement. 3:00 p.m.
Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth
The Phil honors the Plymouth 400 Anniversary with a visual, vocal, orchestral and spiritual celebration called the Plymouth 400 Adoration of Place. Award-winning cellist Zlatomir Fung joins the orchestra for Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, a New World Concerto of sorts because Dvořák composed it here in America. Choruses from Pembroke, Plymouth North and Silver Lake Regional High Schools lend their voices to Copland’s Simple Gifts and The Promise of Living, selections that exemplify hope and gratitude. Wampanoag leader, historian and artist, Jonathan James-Perry stirs Native People’s ancestral heritage with First Light, a reference to the Wampanoag, or People of the Light, by Tonya Wind Singer. The lives of early settlers come into focus through archival photos from Pilgrim Hall Museum set to musical touchstones: Copland’s music from the film, Our Town, and Miklós Rózsa’s The Mayflower from the film score to the 1952 film Plymouth Adventure. We honor the many who have walked this place before us.
May 14, 2020 to May 19, 2020
Charlestown Navy Yard, 114 16th Street Next to the USS CONSTITUTION, Charlestown, MA
Mayflower Sails 2020 – Becoming America is honored to be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing. After three years of restoration, this once-in-a-life-time event will be the Mayflower’s debut sail with a free maritime festival to follow.
For six memorable days, you’ll venture back to the remarkable beginnings of our great Nation. After three-years of restoration, this once-in-a-life-time event will be the Mayflower’s debut sail with a free maritime festival to follow. All daytime events will be free to the public.
MAY 23,24,25, 2020
77 Water Street, Plymouth
Mayflower Homecoming Weekend. After a 3-year restoration, Mayflower returns to her berth at State Pier in May 2020 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the 1620 landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth. On May 21, 2020 our beloved national icon- Mayflower returns to Plymouth Harbor! Mayflower opens to the public on May 23, 2020.
Want to be the first in Plymouth to step aboard Mayflower’s gleaming, newly restored decks? Tickets are timed, must be purchased in advance, and will sell out once capacity has been reached. We advise arriving 30 minutes prior to your admission time so that you do not miss your ticketed entry time. No refunds will be given. This event occurs rain or shine. Extremely high visitor volume is expected throughout Memorial Day Weekend 2020.
June 28, 2020 to Thursday, July 2, 2020
The 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims Journey to the New World. Experience The History – A narrated re-enactment of the Pilgrim landing at Plymouth Rock; Descendants of the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Native Americans, and representatives of Holland and England tell their stories; Guided historic tours of Plymouth, Boston, Cape Cod, and Salem. Period and patriotic music commemorating the Pilgrims and America; the role of the Pilgrims in our history, presented by Historians and Commentators; professional dramatic performance of the “Venture of 1620” presented by The Academy Of Arts with a cut-away Mayflower.
Opened August 2019, ongoing
The Plymouth Scallop Roll, a major public arts, tourism, and charitable event that will be displayed throughout the waterfront and downtown, Plymouth (with additional statues throughout Plymouth and surrounding communities). The Plymouth Scallop Roll features 29 unique structures measuring 5 feet tall. The fiberglass structures are sponsored by local businesses and organizations; each is custom designed and hand painted by local artists.
June 2019 – October 2020
The yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary started in June. A total of three exhibitions will be displayed from June 8th 2019 through October 27th 2020. The exhibitions will feature Rockwell’s art, life, and legacy and it will include photographs, digital media, and artifacts.
April 2020, Agawan
Six Flags New England, the Thrill Capital of New England announced its newest thrill ride launching in 2020—Supergirl Sky Flyer. Guests will take an adrenaline-charged flight on the all-new Supergirl Sky Flyer attraction as they soar nearly 7-stories through the sky in open-air vehicles.
Summer 2020, North Adams
“Big Bling” by award winning artist Martin Puryear will be installed at a new parklet on the MASS MoCA campus. Puryear’s works will be on display in an exhibition beginning in 2022-23.
June 2019, Orange
Billy Goat Boats rents canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards and paddleboats at the Orange Community boathouse.
May 2019, Monterey
Native American tours returned in May 2019. Learn about the history of the land on the new self-guided Native American Interpretive Trail.
Cape Cod & The Islands
MASM exhibits will work in concert with the Museum’s educational programming and the proximity to an active airfield to:
MASM will not be a “look but don’t touch” style museum, nor will it be a series of glorified software displays. MASM will be “hands-on” to the greatest extent possible. The exhibits will utilize not only airplanes, spacecraft, artifacts and computers but also mechanical and physically interactive exhibits to bring the content alive through a full range of sensory interaction.
Wherever possible objects on display will be accessible to the visitor, rather than roped off. Working versions that demonstrate the development of technology will be used to immerse the visitor in the evolution of flight, from the first attempt to create effective control surfaces to the ergonomics of a space shuttle pilot’s control yoke.
A $1.69 million project to build a new observation deck, including a strong new understructure at Chatham’s municipal fish pier is nearing completion for the 2020 spring season. This, Chatham’s largest tourist attraction, is primarily used to support the Commercial Fishing Industry.
Visitors can learn more about this growing and vital industry and recreational shell fishing
on Cape Cod.
Nantucket Town, Nantucket
New exhibit: From Slavery to Suffrage: Two Centuries of Political Education on Nantucket
New exhibit: Strangers to Neighbors explores the history of the Congregation and the Jewish community’s commercial, religious, and educational life on island.
June 2019 – Present, Hyannis
Born two weeks after his father was elected President of the United States, John F. Kennedy Jr. grew up in the spotlight. At Hyannis Port on Cape Cod, at the White House during his father’s Presidency and years later in Manhattan, JFK Jr. captivated the world. This special exhibit features seldom seen images of John Jr. and his family in Hyannis Port from 1961-1964, as well as images of his playfulness at the White House. The exhibit also brings the story into his adult life including his wedding and his launch of George Magazine. Through images, text and artifacts, we share memories of JFK Jr. with visitors and the Cape community.
Heritage Museums & Gardens The McGraw Family Garden of the Senses
July 2019, Sandwich
The McGraw Family Garden of the Senses is the first wellness garden experience of its kind on Cape Cod. Officially opened on Sunday 14 July 2019, the new Garden invites visitors to navigate easy terrain while enjoying an experience designed to appeal to visitors’ senses, regardless of age or ability. Its pathways were designed to eliminate barriers that, for some, present challenges. Elements such as water features, stone walls, meadows, and a boardwalk combine with plants offering an inspiring mix of color, texture, scent, and sound create a rich sensory experience. The Garden’s design connects people with nature and positive outdoor experiences, key contributors to health and well-being. Here visitors can enjoy engaging with nature on their own terms and at their own pace.
Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory: Remodeled for the Self-Guiding Factory Tour
July 2019, Hyannis
The Cape Cod Potato Chip factory is one of the area’s top destinations with more than 250,000 visitors annually! From their farmers’ fields, to your table – see how these legendary chips are made with a self-guiding Factory tour. On Memorial Day, 2019, the Factory opened to the public for an even better visitor experience with an updated nautical-themed tour full of original factory artifacts and a new patio where they can relax and eat complimentary chips. The free, self-guided, 30-minute tour allows guests an up-close view of how the potato chips are produced one batch at a time in custom kettles. Changes to the tour include a widened walkway to accommodate double the amount of guests, artifacts from the factory’s opening in 1980 such as the factory’s original kettle, plenty of photo opportunities, and a nautical decor that includes floors inspired by the ocean, new light fixtures, and boat ropes. What’s more, guests can relax with a bag of chips on a new patio located outside of the gift shop. As always, guests receive a complimentary sample of potato chips upon the conclusion of the tour.
March 2019, Martha’s Vineyard
Opened to the public since March 2019, Martha’s Vineyard Museum is located at the area where former Marine Hospital was. The museum includes 14 exhibition spaces, a classroom, program room, research library, gift shop, café. In addition to exhibitions / events, the museum provides programs for kids to get first-hand experiences from crafting to learning.
In 2019, the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard dedicated site number 30, the Dukes County Courthouse where the career of Judge Herbert E. Tucker was celebrated. In 2018, The Trail and its interactive documenting of the rich history of African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard turned 20 years old. Tour are available seasonally.
Date of opening (month year): February 2020
City/Town: Worcester, MA
Brief Description: Public market located in Worcester’s Canal District. Includes more than 20 unique vendors – primary food and retail focused.
Date of opening (month year): Opening January 2020
City/Town: Worcester, MA
Brief Description: 295 seat theater for performances, films and special events. Connected to the Worcester Pop Up Gallery, operated by the Worcester Cultural Coalition.
Date of opening (month year): April 2021
City/Town: Worcester, MA
Brief Description: 10,000 seat stadium with retail and mixed development. Stadium will be home to the Triple-A affiliate team of the Boston Red Sox, the ‘Worcester Red Sox’.
Summer 2019, Lancaster, MA
The Big Apple of New England, located at the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center, is a 10ft apple structure which serves as an off-road attraction and a beacon to visitors and travelers coming through North Central Massachusetts.
Fall 2019, Framingham, MA
A brand new, state of the art entertainment park designed for fun for all ages opened in Framingham.
EcoTarium: New Wild Cat Station
May 2019, Worcester
Two mountain lions and several native bird species are at the center of Wild Cat Station, a new spectacular outdoor exhibit at EcoTarium. Through innovative design and re-purposing of the former polar bear habitat, the mountain lion habitat ranges across two stories in height, offering multiple viewing stations for guests. It is one of the largest mountain lion exhibits in the U.S. at 18,500 square feet and meets all accreditation standards and USDA requirements to house large carnivores.
January 2020, Worcester
The Worcester Black Box Theater will be a 295 seat theater for performances, films and special events. It will be connected to the Worcester Pop Up Gallery, operated by the Worcester Cultural Coalition.
Spring 2020, Sturbridge
Formally the Yogi Bear Campground, the Pine Lake RV Resort and Cottages will open in Spring 2020 with 396 campsites, including 36 cabins. The property is located on 76 acres and includes an 8-acre private pond, includes a general store, two pools, bath stations, etc.
Technocopia is a non-profit makerspace located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Their 11,000 sq. ft. facility offers common work space, rental bays, and a variety of tools for artisans to create and work with. They also host training classes and workshops which make use of shared work areas including: a complete wood shop, metal shop, 3d printer station, electronics bay, glass flameworking shop, classroom, design studio, and CNC router and laser cutter shop! Every Thursday night they are open to the public for our Open Hacks and Crafts event.
March 2019, Worcester
ArtsWorcester is located in the historic Printers Building on Portland Street. The primary gallery is 1,200 sq. ft. There is also a second 600 sq. ft. space.