If you want something different Boston is the place. Tear yourself away from the mainstream and take a peek at these quirky sites in the city.
1. Skin Book – Boston Athenaeum
Boston’s oldest independent library is a sight to see in itself, founded in 1807, it is home to half a million volumes – perfect for the avid bookworm. For fans of the macabre, book an appointment to see the skinbound confessions of local highwayman James Allen – yes, you heard right. The notorious highwayman was imprisoned at Massachusetts State Prison where he died. His death bed confessions were later bound, post-mortem, in his own skin.
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2. Scarlett O’ Hara House
If you happen to be strolling up Revere street, take a peek down Rollins Place – do you see it too? Not just us then! The white Greek-style architecture seems out of place against the Bostonian bricked houses; and here’s a secret – it’s not real. The two-story mini dwelling is actually an optical illusion; a three-dimensional painting used to cover up a drab wall.
Revere Street at Rollins Place, Boston, MA 02114
3. The Ether Dome – Massachusetts General Hospital
The Ether Dome was the location of the first surgical procedure using an anaesthetic (ether). It was performed by William TG Morton in 1846 and was one of 8,000 operations that took place between 1821 and 1868. Other curiosities include an authentic Egyptian mummy, Padisherself, who has been resident since 1823.
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4. Skinny House – North End
The beginnings of this compact dwelling are debated, but local legend has it that the builder, having returned from the Civil War, found that his brother had built on nearly all of their inherited land – leaving him only a small piece. Making the most of what was left, he erected the skinny house. It stands four stories tall and ten feet wide and is considered the narrowest house in Boston
44 Hull St, Boston, MA 02113
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5. Museum of Modern Renaissance
Russian artists Nicholas Shaplyko and Ekaterina Sorokina have transformed their Boston home into a vibrant piece of art. The bright hypnotic colours depicting mystical beings, certainly catch the eye – definitely one to see for the budding artist. Tours are available online and by appointment when restrictions allow.
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