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What’s New in Boston? – Major makeovers are spiffing up many of Boston’s best-known art, science and historical museums.
No other city has a rhythm — or dialect — quite like Boston. This New England hamlet of 650,000 souls is often touted for its vital role in the American Revolution and for its concentration of intellectual centers. But Boston is more than just tea parties and textbooks. It’s also a major metropolis with thriving fine art, science and historical museums.
And every one of them seems to be on the move.
For example, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, an encyclopedic trove of treasures reminiscent of the top museums of Europe, recently opened its stellar Art of Americas Wing. This four-story space includes 53 new galleries, as well as the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard. The courtyard, a glass-and-steel-enclosed expanse with 63-foot (19 m) ceilings, is home to the New American Café. On tap for 2011 are several exhibitions, including the provocatively named Degas and the Nude (Oct. 9, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012).
Another space that’s about to get a major boost is Boston’s Museum of Science. Along with more than 500 interactive exhibits, this museum features a number of live presentations throughout the building every day. And, on Feb. 13, the museum will introduce New England’s most technologically advanced digital theater with the reopening of the Charles Hayden Planetarium.
And no trip to Boston can be complete without a visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Located near the University of Massachusetts, the library and museum containing JFK’s papers and political memorabilia is a fitting tribute to this state’s golden son. A spring 2011 groundbreaking is scheduled for the 40,000-square-foot (3,716 square meters) Kennedy Institute, which will reside next door to the library. When it opens in 2014, this waterfront space will feature a representation of the U.S. Senate Chamber, as well as a replica of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s Capitol Hill office.