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Museums with Mom | Fab4 May 2023

By 4Squares Residential Group in Partnership with Judi 411

Welcome to May, the month synonymous with Mom. 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!

First, mom can start dreaming of summmer in the halls of the Museum of Fine Arts, where a current exhibit features the Provincetown Printmakers - 11 women who developed a distinctive, modern wood block style, in the artists colony that was Provincetown in the early 20th century.

Photo: Clockwise from left, Provincetown Printmakers at the MFA, 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.

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.

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.

Photo: From the Archives of the Griffith Museum of Photography, current online exhibit “Renewal Rhapsody: Spring in Black and White”

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 at the Know Before You Go section of the museum's website.

Give Mom 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.

This year, we'll be sharing local recs from the 4Squares staff - Abby, Judi 411 and of course Jen - for all seasons, and from all the towns & cities we love in the greater Boston area. So every month, look for our top 4 - this month it's museums with mom!!

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