When America was founded, Boston was one of the young nation's most important and influential cities. It remains so today. Just take a look at who's who from the Boston area: this is the home of Harvard University, Benjamin Franklin, John F. Kennedy, Philips Healthcare, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Mutual, Dunkin' Brands, the EMC Corporation, Meditech, the Boston Red Sox, and, yes, the 12th-largest economy in the world (yes, you read that right). The bottom line: Boston is a powerhouse. Soon it could be your home too.
The sheer number of Boston museums will boggle your mind. No matter how long you live here, there will always be more intellectual adventures to have, and more art, science, and history to discover. When it comes to culture and the "finer things in life," Boston beats almost any other North American city. One of the city's flagship museums is undoubtedly the Museum of Fine Arts.
With a reputed 450000 works of art, the MFA will seem sprawling at first. But with repeated visits, the amazing quality of the museum-- in addition to its quantity-- will become apparent. It's on the cutting-edge, too: at the MFA, the old masters meet contemporary artists at the top of their game. Word on the street has it that the new "American" wing of the MFA is the museum's best yet. The MFA is not the only game in town when it comes to fine art, either. The smaller Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum punches above its weight with Botticellis and Raphaels. There once were a few Rembrandts, too, but those were stolen in the mysterious "Gardner Heist." See what other mysteries you can unravel in the city's vast art scene.
Boston's legacy is not entirely concentrated in the fine arts, either. The Boston Museum of Science, the scientific counterpoint to the MFA, is just as assiduously devoted to its discipline as the MFA is to art. The museum brings the excitement and wonder of great science to the city, through exhibits like the famous "musical stairs," larger-than-life dinosaur skeletons, and the lightning show. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is no slouch either, with exhibits that depict the living world in all its variety-- anthropods to mammals.
Not all of what's beautiful, historical and worth seeing in Boston is in an exhibit. Much of the city's history is still there to see, preserved for this generation and those that follow. A few stand-outs you'll want to make time for include the Old State House, the African Meeting House, and the Paul Revere House. These are more than "old buildings"-- they're pieces of our nation's history, right here in modern-day Boston. It's hard to even take a walk without running into something historical here, and the makers of the Freedom Trail got it right when they laid a path covering a mere 2.5 miles of the city-- yet somehow covering significant places in Boston all the way from the eighteenth century to today.
Welcome to Boston. This city will never cease to fascinate you. We're just here to help you get started, in your very own Boston new home.
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