Sunday, July 31, 2011
The Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem has a collection of maritime treasures from around the world, along with art and other exhibits, and it's less than an hour from Watertown.
One of the oldest exhibit halls at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is filled with maritime curiosities from around the world, while a haunting, curious melody spills into the room from the speakers. PEM curators place contemporary art or music next to the older pieces from their collection. The goal of this is to make unique connections between the past and present by placing two unrelated things in context with each other. Click on the video to the right to see more of the museum. The museum began as a place for sea captains to store and share trinkets and curiosities from around the world. Over time, this collection grew to include rare artifacts from India, Japan, Korea, and American Indian tribes. For example, PEM houses one of the …
Enjoy the serene scenes of this nearby pond.
After fighting crowds at the mall or a stressful lunch with your boss, relax at the surprisingly serene Hammond Pond in Newton's Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Don't sweat the drive, it is only 15 minutes. Click the video right to take a look around Hammond Pond.
About 30 miles away, The Old Manse stands as a witness to social, cultural and political history.
You can't deny the historical significance of Concord, Mass. With its famous residents (Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, to name a couple), famous battlefield (Old North Bridge where the first day of the battle in the Revolutionary War took place) and, of course, famous Concord grape (responsible for the juice in countless sippy cups), history is nearly tangible in this quaint town outside Boston. One home in Concord, however, has enough history of its own to merit a visit even though that home is also tied to so many other events for which Concord is famous. The Old Manse, built in 1770 as a home for minister William Emerson, has seen the likes of Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott and so many …
Hop in to the car for a fun get away just minutes from Watertown. Patch Passport has some spots to Venture Out to in 15-, 30- or 60-minutes.
The Venture Out portion of the Patch Passport series shows you some of the best places near your hometown you can visit using less than a tank of gas. Enjoy the drive. 15-Minute Drive 30-Minute Drive Less than a 60-Minute Drive