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Art, Architecture and Gardens

Stroll along a section of the Emerald Necklace designed by landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted

Front of the Boston Art Museum

Tour Description

Stroll along the southern Fens, a section of the Emerald Necklace designed by landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted as you learn about the history, stories, and impact that the gardens, architecturally significant buildings and artwork had on society. Understand how 19th-century Boston philanthropists designed and funded institutions to create a city of culture and learning through the arts, sciences and education for residents and immigrants. Look at how they also supported medical and dental services for those in need. Uncover how the tradition continues and the Back Bay Fens represent all of this and more today.

Experience this tour in French!

Join us for this select Art, Architecture and Gardens tour without English translation
• Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 11:00 am: tour given in French

Enjoy our language tours? Join us on select dates for Road to Revolution in Mandarin or French, Beacon Hill in Italian, North End: Boston’s Immigration Gateway in Italian or French, and Boston By Little Feet in German this season.

Tour Information

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

1.5 miles

tour terrain level 1

mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide at Forsyth Park, intersection of The Fenway and Forsyth Way

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Museum of Fine Arts (Green Line E Branch) is 0.3 miles away

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of the Landmark Building at 401 Park.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Fenway (Green Line D Branch)

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