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Museums with Mom | A Day Away

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

By 4Squares Residential Group in Partnership with Judi 411

Welcome to May, the month synonymous with Mom. After last year's restricted celebrations, many families are looking forward to making up for that lost time. And by "many families," we mean "nearly everyone in Massachusetts." What better way to veer from the standard Mother's Day Brunch gathering than a day at the museum?

Check out the 4Squares picks - for museums a short, medium, or long(er) distance trip to some of the great art MA-living has to offer!

Who appreciates photos more than the family photographer known as Mom? Whether she's a casual shutterbug or a full-fledged professional, a trip to The Griffin Museum in nearby Winchester can't be beat.

One of the area's best-kept secrets, The Griffin Museum is solely dedicated to the art of photography, and its exhibitions range from well-known photographers to those emerging on the scene. The current exhibitions all celebrate the connection of memory and family, an apt theme for Mother's Day.

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm; visitors are asked to schedule a reservation for entry. You can check out all the entrance requirements on the FAQ page of the museum's website.

(; 67 Shore Road, Winchester MA 01890; 781-729-1158)

Whether Mom is an art-lover, gardener, or both, a trip to the Isabella Gardner Museum will meet her expectations and then some. Gardner herself exceeded many of the expectations of her time and place - the museum is a testament to her free spirit, love of beauty and sense of adventure - and the perfect place to celebrate "the mother in your life," whomever they may be.

Located in the Back Bay Fens portion of Boston's Emerald Necklace, the Gardner Museum honors natural and human-made art both inside and outside the museum grounds.

Enjoy the collections of art, music, jewelry, and paintings among the many galleries. End your visit with a stroll through the iconic, ever-blooming Courtyard, lush in its seasonal displays of orchids, nasturtiums, and Japanese-style chrysanthemums, all lovingly tended to by horticulture staff.

Tickets are available in advance, and visitors can find details of COVID restrictions in the Know Before You Go section of the museum's website.

(; 25 Evans Way Boston, MA 02115; 617-566-1401;

Air travel not yet in the cards for Mom? Give her the feeling of escape to faraway lands when you head out to The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA.

The museum's dedicated mission is to preserve and showcase the religious iconography of the Orthodox Church. Believers and non-believers alike will appreciate the beauty of icons made from wood, mosaic, fresco, embroidery, or metal, each considered to be a window into the heavenly realm.

While many icons date back centuries, current exhibits include collections of Russian lacquer boxes, Ukranian egg painting, and contemporary icon painting. Reserve your tickets by calling ahead, keeping in mind the restrictions on occupancy limits as detailed on the museum's website.

(; 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA, 01510; 978-598-5000;

Now that we're emerging, what areas are you curious to visit that you'd like to see featured on "A Day Away in MA"? Keeping current on ways to cope in quarantine is one way 4 Squares helps residents love the way they live in Medford and beyond! Reach out and share your ideas!

Photo credits: Nasturtiums hanging in the window, Gardner Museum; Saint Paraskeva

c. 1600, Museum of Russian Icons; Imitator of Greek, Myrina, Seated Woman, 19th century (copy of a Tanagra figure of the late 3rd century-1st century BC), Gardner Museum. Exterior of Griffin Museum of Photography. Social Media: Daffodils at the Griffin Museum.

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