Boston wouldn’t be Boston without Yastrzemski, Bird, Bobby Orr, and an intense hatred of the Yankees. Considering that more New Englanders could probably tell you who made the final out of the 2004 World Series than what year the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the Sports Museum should be seen as Boston’s equivalent of the Louvre in Paris. Located above TD Banknorth Garden—home of the Celtics and Bruins—the exhibits run for a half-mile, highlighting the Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and the Pats. Some more obscure elements of the New England Sports scene are also featured, from high school teams to candlepin bowling, boxing, and bicycle races. Boston sports fans will enjoy some of the museum’s unusual memorabilia, including uniforms, the original Bruin bear cub, Ted Williams’ locker, chairs from the original Boston Garden, and the Beanpot trophy. Check it out and assess the claim that this truly is “the Greatest Sports City in America.” Or think of it this way: $10 for a ticket here is a hell of a lot cheaper than one of the Garden’s premium luxury boxes.
100 Legends Way, Boston. North Station (Green/Orange).