Hidden Treasures in Boston

Hidden Treasures in BostonBoston is one of our country's most important and historic cities, boasting plenty to see, do, and experience. But if you dig a little deeper than the main tourist attractions, you'll find that the city is home to some unique and extraordinary destinations. Check out a few of our favorites to see a whole different side of Beantown.

Journey to the center of the Earth at Boston's Mapparium, a large attraction housed at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. The Mapparium is a three-story, painted-glass dome with a glass bridge stretching across the “globe”, allowing visitors to stand in the middle of the Earth. The lovely structure is illuminated with LED lights during the presentation of A World Of Ideas, which is basically an exhibition global history.

Address: 200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115 - MAP
Phone: (617) 450-7000
Web: www.marybakereddylibrary.org

South Street Diner
If you're hungry, head to the South Street Diner to appease your appetite. No matter what time of day or night, this eatery stays open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so it's perfect for late in the day breakfasts or that necessary fourth meal after a night at the bar. This diner has been a part of city culture since 1947 and it's definitely a Boston destination that you have to experience.

Address: 178 Kneeland St., Boston, MA 02111 - MAP
Phone: (617) 350-0028
Web: southstreetdiner.com

Nichols House Museum
Take a look back in time at the Nichols House Museum, one of the oldest homes in Beacon Hill. The house was built in 1804 and purchased by Dr. Arthur Nichols in 1885; the house stayed in the family until the death of the doctor's daughter, Rose Standish Nichols, in 1960. As can be imagined, the family accumulated many things throughout the years from art works to furniture, oriental rugs, and other furnishings and antiquities. You're invited to experience early American life inside the walls of this historic home.

Address: 55 Mount Vernon St., Boston, MA 02108 - MAP
Phone: (617) 227-6993
Web: www.nicholshousemuseum.org

Salem Witch Museum
The Salem Witch Museum recreates and examines a dark part of early American history. The Salem witch trials sound like a tale of fiction, merely folklore, but over 180 people were accused and imprisoned for practicing witchcraft with some convictions leading to death by hanging. If you were a witch or were accused of being one in 1692, Salem, Massachusetts was the last place you'd want to be and this museum is the best place to learn why.

Address: 19 1/2 Washington Square N., Salem, MA 01970 - MAP
Phone: (978) 744-1692
Web: www.salemwitchmuseum.com

Boston Adventures
Get ready for fun on an excursion with Boston Adventures. This tour company plans interesting and exciting treasure hunts that will show you the sights of the city and keep things interesting with a bit of a challenge. Boston Adventures offers a variety of tour packages so if you enjoy your treasure hunt, sign up for another amazing adventure with this company.

Address: Boston, MA
Phone: (617) 947-9764
Web: www.bostonadventures.com

Harpoon Brewery
Explore the beer making process at Boston's Harpoon Brewery. The brewery was the first to receive a permit to brew and package beer for sale to the public and is very proud to hold Permit No. 1. Tours take place on the weekend and include the opportunity to taste a few of the company's brews. If you'd like to forgo the tour and get straight to the beer, stop by during the week for a tasting.

Address: 306 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210 - MAP
Phone: (617) 574-9551
Web: www.harpoonbrewery.com

On Location Tours
Sure, New York City and Hollywood are where the movies are made, but Boston has been the production spot of quite a few films. Let the people at On Location Tours take you on an excursion that shows off the spots in Beantown where movie magic has been made. Highlights include seeing the original Cheers bar and the park bench from Good Will Hunting.

Address: Boston, MA
Phone: (212) 683-2027
Web: www.screentours.com

The Museum of Bad Art
Unconventionality at its finest is showcased at the Museum of Bad Art. Just like the name states, the museum is dedicated to the display and preservation of “art too bad to be ignored.” The MOBA is the only museum of its kind and holds a collection of nearly 600 pieces, and exhibits between 50 and 70 works at a time. See bad art in all forms, from paintings to sculpture, photography and more.

Address: 580 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026 - MAP
Phone: (781) 444-6757
Web: museumofbadart.org