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While Boston's Symphony Hall—the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops—is considered among the best in the world for its sublime acoustics, it's also worth visiting to enjoy its other merits. The stage is framed by an enormous organ facade and an intricate golden proscenium. Above the second balcony are 16 replicas of Greek and Roman statues, which, like the rest of the Hall, marry the acoustic and aesthetic by creating niches and uneven surfaces to enhance the acoustics of the space. Although acoustical science was a brand-new field of research when Professor Wallace Sabine planned the interior, not one of the 2,500 seats is a bad one—the secret is the box-within-a-box design.

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  • Address: 301 Massachusetts Ave., Back Bay, Boston, MA, 02115 | Map It
  • Phone: 888/266–1200; 617/638–9390
  • Hours: Free walk-up tours Oct.–May, Wed. at 4 and some Sat. at 2
  • Website:
  • Subway: Symphony
  • Location: Back Bay
Updated: 11-12-2013

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    The Boston Symphony is one of the best orchestras in the US, and they play in the best symphony hall in the world. I attend the BSO regularly; while I agree the acoustics is excellent, I do avoid the seats in the back of the orhcestra section that is below the Balcony overhang. If you're strapped for cash, you can try for their $9 rush tickets: offered on Tues/Thurs evening concerts, and Fri matinee concerts. If you don't care for classical music, you can still visit the hall by taking one of its free guided tours - available during the concert season.

    by yk, 11/6/09

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