Beyond Boston: a guide to architecture, art, music, sculpture, views not to be missed: if you have a car & want to walk and explore outside the city center.

NB: I add places on this page when I find them, so come back regularly to see what’s new. And to go even further, don’t forget that Urban Trekking is also in New York City!

Architecture & Art

Addison Gallery of American Art: more like a small museum than a gallery, located at the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover; free, with unique exhibitions geared to the education of students and the general public.

Gropius House & Museum: Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School of Architecture, taught for a long time at Harvard University after fleeing Nazi Germany. The house he built in Lincoln, revolutionary at the time, is a model of minimalism and still influences contemporary architecture. There’s an entrance fee, but the guides are very competent.

Museum of Printing: Open on Saturdays only, at about 45 minutes of Boston, this museum is a must-see if you like everything related to printmaking. The museum tells the history of graphics arts with equipment and demonstrations by professionals.

Rose Art Museum: Contemporary Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham; free and in my view, at least as interesting as the Institute of Contemporary Art in South Boston.

Music

Brighton Music Hall: in Allston, a place small enough to go and listen to musicians that won’t be far from you, big enough to attract national and international talents. All of it for very reasonable prices.

Middlesex Lounge: in Cambridge, not far from the MIT museum on Mass Ave, a small venue with a minimalist feel that wants to be, at least on Thursdays eve, a launching pad for new electro music. A guest and headliner DJ, 3 resident Dj will make you dance from 9pm to 2am. From 7pm to 9pm, the place is a cool bar.

Scullers Jazz Club: in Allston, along Soldiers Fields Road and in the Hilton DoubleTreeSuite; an intimate and famous venue where you’ll listen to the best names in international jazz sitting at small tables of 4, surrounded by an audience of connoisseurs.

UnchARTed: in Lowell, a multimedia and intimate performance venue with artists often local but always innovative. As a bonus, prices are much lower than in Boston for shows of equal quality.