Feeling Trapped in the Tower? Quick Escapes Via the MBTA

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Now that we are two months into the fall semester and many of you are spending most of your time here in the Tower, we wanted to remind you that the time you spend outside of the building is equally important.  Whether you take a page from Josh’s book and tune into your favorite sitcom or hit the FitRec  (or both!), sometimes even just a couple of hours away from school can really clear your mind and help you refocus.  Boston has a ton to offer, but here are just a few urban getaways that won’t take you too far away from the B-line. 

1) Now is the perfect time to visit the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain and enjoy the spirit of autumn in New England. The arboretum, which is the oldest public arboretum in North America, is 265 acres of landscape containing over 15,000 plants from across the world and is just a short walk from the Forest Hills Station on the Orange Line.  Climb up Peter’s Hill for a fabulous view of the Boston Skyline and check out seasonal highlights, such as the Maple collection.

 2) Visit the Museum of Fine Arts!  Admission to the MFA is free if you present your Terrier Card.  The past year has been an exciting one for the museum.  It celebrated the completion of significant new architectural spaces, as well as the opening of its new Art of the Americas wing last fall and the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art just this past September.  With permanent collection holdings ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary American art, acclaimed special exhibitions, and a variety of other educational and cultural programming (film, lectures, concerts), you are sure to take in some visual inspiration not otherwise found in the Law Library.  

3) Switch up your study space and give the Boston Public Library system a try.  A visit to the Central Library Branch in Copley Square will give you a change of scenery and a bit of history–The BPL was the first free municipal library in the United States, opening to the public in 1854 and located in its present location since 1895.  In addition to access to the circulating collections, research holdings, exhibits, and events and lectures held directly at the library, being a cardholder offers the chance to reserve free passes to museums and local attractions.  

You should also consider the excellent Minuteman Library Network, a regional consortium of 42 libraries with 61 locations. As a cardholder you can access the shared catalog and borrow from any library in the network.  Both the Brookline Public Library and the Cambridge Public Library are great places to start.

The Live Well, Learn Well section of our webpage offers more ideas of small yet meaningful ways to take advantage of university and city resources in the midst of your busy schedules.  And feel free to leave your ideas and favorites local escapes in the comments. Wishing you all the best as we move into November!

Take care, Leah

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