8 Boston Museums and Historic Sites for Revolutionary Corporate Events

Boston is known for its museums and historic sites, which not only offer inspiring, educational visits but unique backdrops for corporate events. The variety of settings and historical details make for an immersive celebration that is different and one of a kind. And for those with out-of-town guests, this is a great opportunity to provide them with an authentic Boston experience. 

Whether you’re planning a reception, business dinner, or holiday party, here are some Boston venues you should consider:



Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library, which welcomes over 2 million visitors a year, is a treasure trove of rare books and documents, century-old maps, mesmerizing art and iconic architecture. It is no wonder why it stands as one of the city’s most celebrated cultural attractions and exhilarating settings for a corporate event. 

The Boston Public Library’s McKim Building offers a variety of settings that will be sure to stir energetic conversation among your guests. Plan a seated dinner surrounded by the Abbey Room’s awe-inspiring Quest of the Holy Grail or an award ceremony underneath Bates Hall’s majestic dome ceiling. 

Or consider hosting your corporate event at any of the Johnson Building’s vibrant event spaces, which provides guests with a new age museum experience. Treat them to a bright, open, tech-savvy networking event in Boylston Hall or futuristic cocktail reception in Newsfeed Café



Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums is one of the Boston area’s most iconic cultural gems and an incredible location for an unforgettable corporate event. Home to world-renowned art collections, the museum’s gallery backdrops, Italian architecture and spaces lined in intricate historic detail make for a unique setting for a commemorative company celebration or a memorable conference presentation.

The Calderwood Courtyard is a stunning space for customized corporate events like product launches, retirement celebrations and holiday parties. With its dramatic Italian-inspired architecture and views of glass-enclosed art, it takes entertaining and dining to a new level. The courtyard is open after hours for a private experience that will impress everyone.



Adolphus Busch Hall

Adolphus Busch Hall at Harvard Art Museums is another unique space with a dramatic backdrop that will transform any holiday party or other important corporate event. Its medieval aesthetic and Renaissance character will enchant guests who can explore its remarkable architecture and art over a delectable array of hors d’oeuvres and custom cocktails. The Hall’s adjoining courtyard is perfect for business events that take place during the warmer months.


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Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Treat your guests to a business meeting alongside Boston Harbor. The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston was specifically designed to complement the vibrant energy of the Seaport District and revitalization of the Boston waterfront. Now considered to be among Boston’s finest museums, ICA/Boston provides a relaxing, contemplative space for guests to enjoy a meeting, cocktail reception or conference. Plan a sunset dinner on the Putnam Plaza overlooking the water or an inspiring award presentation in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, which provides some of the most breathtaking skyline views.


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Commonwealth Museum

The Commonwealth Museum is the official museum of Massachusetts history, housing national treasures like the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Massachusetts State Constitution. The seaside grounds and flexible event spaces can accommodate clambakes, corporate meetings, cocktail receptions, and banquet dinners. Whether you are envisioning an innovative event for 70 or 300, your guests can immerse themselves in a day that will be a part of American history.


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Old South Meeting House

People have been having “smashing parties” at the Old South Meeting House since the Boston Tea Party. This National Historic Site makes for a revolutionary dinner, cocktail reception, lecture or other corporate event. Your professional guests will appreciate its rich colonial history and variety of spaces to host an event that pays tribute to both past and present. 



USS Constitution Museum

The USS Constitution Museum, located within Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston Historical National Park, tells the history of the world’s oldest naval vessel. It offers a variety of elevated spaces to host a corporate event of grand proportions. Its recently renovated Education Center, The War of 1812 Discovery Center and Sandman Tribute Courtyard will provide a patriotic backdrop for your next cocktail event or seated dinner.


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Boston Athenaeum

Boston Athenaeum will certainly transport your guests to the 1800s and provide them with a unique experience that is like no other. As one of the longest-standing independent libraries in the U.S., it houses over half a million volumes, with particular strengths in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts. Both its Henry Long Room and the G. d’Andelot Belin Bow Room are available for memorable corporate presentations, private dinners, receptions and more. Just steps from the Boston Public Garden and the State House, Boston Athenaeum is an ideal location for an elegant event in the heart of the city. 


Discover Your Boston Museum 

The Catered Affair is proud to provide creative cuisine and exceptional service inside some of the most incredible cultural centers and historic sites in Boston. If you are considering having your next business meeting, conference, award ceremony or other corporate event at a museum in Boston, we are interested in hearing more about it. Contact us to get started!

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