Prints Charming

A vintage poster gallery that's like a museum of wall art



hen the weather gets bad in Boston, museums are a great respite. And while there’s no shortage of them, most charge admission. Strapped for cash and still craving culture? Spin the imaginary turnstile at the International Poster Gallery. And if the word “poster” makes you think of dorm days and generic pop-culture recreations of eras past, think again. This Back Bay gallery is filled with vibrant originals, some hand-painted and hand-lettered. While the price tags are high, it’s free to look and tempting to daydream about taking one home. Zarowin



The mass production of posters was made possible by the invention of lithography by the German Alois Senefelder in 1796.