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Back to School in Boston

Back to school season is right around the corner. No matter your major, our Boston Common hotel has found the perfect city site for you to explore.

Come September, Boston welcomes students from over 30 colleges and universities back to campus for another academic year. Move in can be a lot of work, so have a little fun on the way with these sites around the city—there’s something perfect for every major.

For the Art Major

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Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts is one the most comprehensive art museums in the world. It welcomes over one million visitors each year who come to experience the 500,000 works of art and unique exhibits around the museum. The MFA also hosts a variety of special events featuring live music, food and drinks, on the first Friday of every month. Students of participating Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire colleges and universities even receive free admission when they show their school ID!

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Institute of Contemporary Art

For the student looking for something a little more modern, the Institute of Contemporary Art is the place to be. Inside the museum, visitors can find a variety of visual art exhibitions featuring leading contemporary and emerging artists. The all-glass and metal building creates an iconic presence along the Boston waterfront and a worthy spot for contemporary art.

For the Music Major

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Symphony Hall

Symphony Hall is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which presents more than 250 concerts each year. Beginning in 1881, the BSO and Symphony Hall have been at the forefront of Boston’s music scene, attracting more than 500,000 visitors each year. Symphony Hall also hosts the Boston Pops, Tanglewood, and more. Be sure to catch a show in a historic piece of Boston, while experiencing a fun and educational experience.

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Berklee Performance Center

This 1,215-seat theatre hosts concerts by students, faculty, and touring artists of Berklee College of Music. This prestigious music college has plenty of notable Grammy-winning alumni, and is a great place find up and coming artists, or for getting into the music scene yourself. From guitar lessons to Beatles tributes, the Berklee Performance Center is the perfect place for a music lover.

For the History Major

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The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail showcases the historic aspects of Boston and the city’s important role in the Revolutionary War. Walk the 2.5 mile brick-lined path and explore 16 nationally significant historic sites and landmarks. Stop by the home of Paul Revere, explore the Old State House or the Old North Church, all while taking in incredible views of the city. Schedule a guided tour or walk the path on your own—both are great ways to see the city and the important history it harbors.

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Located on Harvard University’s campus, this museum showcases the university’s vast collection of artifacts and information from decades of research. Time travel to the Cenozoic Era or explore the wildlife of Africa and Asia with the various exhibits throughout the museum. More than 250,000 people visit each year, hoping to take advantage of all the attractions the museum has to offer.

For the Science Major

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Museum of Science

Along the Charles River lies the Museum of Science, Boston’s go-to spot for the perfect blend of science and technology. Their exhibits provide educational opportunities in a wide variety of subjects like space, the human body, dinosaurs, nanotechnology, rocks and more. The museum also provides sensory experiences like planetarium shows, live presentations, 4-D films, and thrill rides.

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MIT Museum

In true MIT fashion, the MIT Museum celebrates research and innovation. The museum showcases various exhibits surrounding STEM-based topics like gestural engineering, objects in motion, architecture, and more.  After strolling through the exhibit halls, become part of the cutting-edge innovation at MIT with hands-on workshops and other programs that are open to the public.

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Ether Dome

In October of 1846, William T.G. Morton and Dr. John Collins Warren made history in Massachusetts General Hospital when they performed the first public surgery using anesthetic (ether) in the amphitheater. Today, the Ether dome is a historical landmark showcasing a collection of artifacts, including a painting of the famous surgery. The Ether dome is a great place to learn about the medical history of one of country’s most prestigious hospitals.

For the English Major

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Longfellow House

The Longfellow House, also known as Washington’s Headquarters, preserves the home of the world famous poet Henry W. Longfellow. The Longfellow House also served as headquarters for General George Washington throughout the Siege of Boston, the 11-month opening phase of the Revolutionary War. Today, visitors can find unique pieces of 19th century literature and arts in addition to the important history of the home.

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Boston Public Library

Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library was the first large free municipal library in the United States. After multiple restorative and renovation projects, the Boston Public Library is now one of the most visited spots in Boston thanks to its incredible architecture and décor. Inside, visitors can find the library’s collection of more than 1.2 million rare books and documents.

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