Gifts for the Design Lover: Experiential Gifts in Boston

Gifts for the Design Lover: Experiential Gifts in Boston

Tara Bellucci
Nov 29, 2011

If you've just completed the 20/20 Home Cure, the last thing you need in your home is more stuff. Here are 6 experiential gifts in and around Boston that won't sit on a shelf collecting dust.

Boston Athenæum. One of the oldest private libraries in the country, the Boston Athenæum houses art exhibitions and impressive collections of rare books and works on everything from art to children's lit. With its domed ceiling and double stacks, the 5th floor reading room is one of Boston's most beautiful spaces. From $200.

deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum. On 35 acres in Lincoln, MA, deCordova is the largest museum of its kind in New England. The constantly changing landscape is open year-round and features lectures, snow-shoe tours, art classes, and more. From $60.

Architecture Boat Tours. Take to the Charles and learn all about Boston's famous buildings. The Boston Society of Architects has partnered with Charles Riverboat Company to take you on a cruise describing the Hub's historical and contemporary design. June-October, $25.

Boston By Foot Tours. Prefer land to sea? Take advantage of Boston's walkability and learn something along the way. Boston By Foot offers dozens of different guided walking tours, from specific neighborhoods to topics like Boston Underfoot (subway & infrastructure) to the Rose Kennedy Greenway. From $14.

The Liberty Hotel. As the former Charles Street Jail, the Liberty Hotel is one of the city's more interesting spaces to snack and stay. Much of the original space is preserved, with intact jail cells within Clink and Alibi, two of the hotel's restaurants. Gift certificates available.

Design Museum Boston. Whether you're a designer or not, design shapes the world we live in. Design Museum Boston's goal is to connect fellow designers and educate the public about local New England design through in-person and online exhibits. Their first major project, Creative Capital, is free and open to the public. They are currently volunteer-run, so donate here.

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