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Address: 2101 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA, Newton, MA 02135-3101
Phone Number:
+1 617-552-1427
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Sun 00:00 - 05:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 05:00
Thu 10:00 - 08:00
Fri 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Real Art Newton!

The McMullen Museum provides art served up in the proper portion. It's not too daunting, like the MFA, or as personal as The Gardiner. It's just right. A visit is always a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Truro F
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The McMullen Museum provides art served up in the proper portion. It's not too daunting, like the MFA, or as personal as The Gardiner. It's just right. A visit is always a satisfying experience.The exhibitions are interesting, often novel, and always very well executed. It's a quiet place. Their new location is set back on a lush lawn on Commonwealth... More 

Thank Truro F
Rockport, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Now at 2101 Commonwealth Avenue, in the former cardinal's mansion, the museum has three times as much exhibit space as the former location. The glass addition provides a lobby, restrooms, stairs, an elevator, and other amenities, so that the mansion can be used for exhibit space. The inaugural show is Beyond Words, one of three parts of an illuminated manuscript... More 

Thank RockportBirder
Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I recently went to the new McMullen Museum to see the excellent show of medieval illuminated manuscripts. The new museum , in what was once the cardinals residence, is spacious, handicapped accessable and has free parking. I highly reccommend seeing the manuscript exhibit which will be on view until mid December. There are explanatory videos on the process of creating... More 

Thank _lfenton_2001
Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This newly reopened (in a completely renovated, gorgeous location) is a hidden gem. First, it is FREE admission! Second, it is a very high quality museum which shows one exhibition at a time and really focuses on doing that exhibition right. "More Than Words" is a perfect example. The fact that this current (Fall 2016) exhibition is in tandem with... More 

1 Thank C H
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

This museum is part of B.C. and has some nice collections that are put together every year. Admission is free for students and many community members, so worth at least checking it out.

Thank DSW_TX
Newton, Massachusetts
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360 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

McMullen Museum has wonderful and often powerful exhibits, just not enough of them. It's best to go on line, look carefully at their annual schedule of offerings and pick what you would really enjoy and skip the rest. I do not recommend going there on a lark as it can be a disappointment; flat, boring, uninspired. .

Thank HvPssptWilTrvl
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
1 review
Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

Nicely curated and designed exhibit and informative introductions. The museum offers an intimate experience with the past through arts.

Thank Jie C
Waltham, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is a small museum with an excellent collection , but it excels with what it can borrow to complete an exhibit. Always a good look here. Worth a trip out of Boston for the day. Of course it is a small museum and it won't take you that long to see, which leaves you plenty of time to travel... More 

Thank Henry Q
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

it is always startling when I go to this Museum. For the past 5 years or so the exhibitions have been first rate. I recently brought some young people to see the La Farge glass exhibition and we were all quite astounded. The last several exhibitions that I saw I was taken by the curatorial decisions and the placement of... More 

1 Thank norleans
Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Rotating Exhibits every few months assure something new and interesting to see throughout the year. Past exhibits have included 2000-year-old treasures from the far-flung provinces of the Roman Emprie, a famous redeicovered Caravaggio materpiece, 'Degenerate Art' from Germany between the Wars, the American West in painting and sculpture, and early photographers of the 20th Century. Oh, and it's all free,... More 

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