hidden boston gems

Since its founding in 1630, Boston has been home to dynamic and diverse people and places. As a city deeply entrenched in American history, it’s no wonder there are so many sights waiting to be explored. You might think there’s not much to do besides catch a Red Sox game or visit a history museum, but what’s hiding beneath Boston’s surface might surprise you.

The Museum of Bad Art

Located a few miles outside Boston, The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) is the only curated collection dedicated to preserving and displaying bad art in all its forms. Founded in 1993, MOBA prides itself on displaying “art too bad to be ignored.” Its collection has grown substantially over the years — currently at 800 pieces and counting — and continues to be a thought-provoking and sometimes pleasantly disturbing experience for its visitors.

Bodega

Hidden in plain sight on Clearway Street is one of the trendiest urban apparel and sneaker stores in the country. What appears to be a regular inner-city corner store is much more than that. As you enter, a Bodega bouncer will press a button along a back wall which opens to reveal this Boston gem stocked full of men and women’s footwear, apparel, accessories and more.

Cambridge Center Roof Garden

In the heart of the upscale Kendall Square in Cambridge is a garage-rooftop garden. Though small, it is beautifully maintained with lush greenery and provides a peaceful oasis for Bostonians above the hustle and bustle of the city. The garden hosts several outdoor activities between April and November, including gardening lessons, cooking demonstrations and the occasional party!

An Anarchist Bookstore

The shop originally founded as a Maoist bookstore in 1969 has since shifted to be predominately anarchist. The Lucy Parsons Center is a community space and bookstore that is entirely volunteer driven. In addition to their shelves of progressive literature, they provide community resources, such as a free meeting space for local activist groups, cultural and education events, book signings and Radical Movie Nights.

Brick & Mortar

Behind an unmarked door on Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge is one of Boston’s sleekest bars. With a total of about 50 open seats, Bostonians frequently jostle for space at the bar, which serves infamous drinks with names like Daiquiri Time Out and White Mercedes Coupe. Once you get in, you can relax and listen to the frequently revolving vinyl selections.

Grolier Poetry

Just around the corner of Harvard’s famous bookstore, the COOP, lies a big part of Boston’s cultural history. Since 1927, Grolier Poetry and its owners have worked tirelessly to foster and propagate further interest in poetry among a diversified audience. Over the years, the shop has been a hotbed of poetic activity, including competitions, readings and street festivals.

All Saints Way

Located in a nondescript alley in Boston’s North End neighborhood is an expansive collection dedicated to the canonized. Since childhood, the collector, Peter Baldassari, has amassed an impressive display of photos, statues, prayer cards and more related to the saintly. Visitors from all over the world can see most of the display through a gate, and although it is on private property, Baldassari has been known to give a quick tour from time to time.

The Skinniest House in the U.S.

At a whopping 10 feet wide and 30 feet deep, this North End Boston home has been heralded as the skinniest house in the U.S. According to legend, during the 1860s, two brothers quarreled about their inherited plot of land. After returning home from serving in the Civil War, one of them found his brother had built a large house on their shared plot. Out of spite, he built the skinny house to block his brother’s sunlight and views of the harbor. The house sold for $900,000 in 2017.

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