Boston Sights

Symphony Hall

  • 301 Massachusetts Ave. Map It
  • Back Bay
  • Arts/Performance Venue

Published 07/13/2016

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information

Address:

301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, USA

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Phone:

888-266–1200-box office; 617-638–9390-tours

Website: www.bso.org

Sight Details:

  • Free walk-up tours Oct.–May, Wed. at 4 and some Sat. at 2. Call to confirm hrs

Published 07/13/2016

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