New England has several small museums with rich selection of art collections. Each of these is an oasis if you appreciate or want to learn more about regional art history as well as contemporary works and pieces from throughout past centuries. Nearly the entire museum can be viewed in a day or you can easily see several current shows.
Peabody Essex Museum, https://www.pem.org
Museum of Fine Art, http://www.mfa.org/
Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, http://www.gardnermuseum.org/home
New Bedford Whaling Museum, http://www.whalingmuseum.org/
Florence Griswold Museum, http://florencegriswoldmuseum.org/
Yale University Museum of British Art, http://britishart.yale.edu/