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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.

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)

“You guys are doing a wonderful job! Extra thanks to our guide for her Beacon Hill tour on Wednesday. I was the only tourist, but she did the whole tour. Her knowledge was impressive, and delivered with good humour. Thanks!”
— Claremont, Australia

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