For those interested in U.S. history, "Beantown" is a bonanza, with its many sites and neighborhoods rich in colonial, revolutionary, and republican history over its more than 400 years of existence. But the capital of Massachusetts is also one of this country’s great cultural powerhouses, in performing arts, academia, and museums. Not for nothing has it been dubbed “the Athens of America."
Furthermore, the Boston metro area is especially packed with museums – more than 40, from some of the USA’s venerable fine arts to hands-on science, as well as more specific topics such as the John F. Kennedy presidency and the Christian Science religion, founded here. And here are 11 of my favourites: