Arts and Culture


Just as visitors are often surprised by how much there is to see and do on the North Shore, so too are new residents delighted to find a cultural life so rich and varied that forays to Boston become more and more infrequent.  Some institutions are well known beyond the region—The Peabody Essex Museum, the North Shore Music Theatre, the Salem State University lecture series, for example—but many are known primarily by those who enjoy and participate in them.

Artists have been clustered here since the 19th century, particularly in Rockport and Gloucester, home to Fitz Henry Lane. In fact, Motif #1 is called the most oft painted building in America. Today galleries dot our landscape and world-class museums draw visitors from around the world.

Classical, folk, hard rock and jazz—everyone loves music and our numerous choral and instrumental groups, independent vocalists and bands are proof. A dozen theatre companies, a variety of lecture series, thought-provoking symposia, art and community festivals—the North Shore has it all.