Arts and Culture

Beverly is home to a thriving and ever-growing arts and culture scene! Our Arts District can be found in the heart of downtown, and features an array of breathtaking urban murals, Montserrat campus’ student galleries, Porter Mill Studios, the seat of the Beverly Historical Society, and our two iconic theaters, the Larcom and the Cabot.

Below is a map of our walkable and easily navigable Arts District with all these assets and more.

map of the beverly arts district

Porter Mill Studios

More than 50 artists and small businesses operate out of this beautiful historic mill building.On the second Saturday of every month, all four floors of artist studios are open to the public. Rotating exhibitions occupy the first floor, which is also home to Channel Marker Brewing.To learn more, visit https://www.portermillstudios.com/

Montserrat College of Art

First established in the sixties, this prestigious center of learning offers students an intensive studio environment and one-on-one coaching from a faculty of accomplished artists, scholars, and designers. With its academic buildings, residence halls, and galleries sprinkled throughout the Arts District, Montserrat is very much a part of the fabric of downtown Beverly. For more information on the school and its galleries featuring student and alumni work, visit https://www.montserrat.edu/.

Historic Beverly

The John Cabot House at 117 Cabot St is a Georgian style mansion built by John Cabot and housing the headquarters for all of Historic Beverly. It was the first brick building built in Beverly and for a time in the early 1800s housed the first bank of Beverly. It now serves as a headquarters for historic Beverly, a research center, and a regional visitor center. https://historicbeverly.net/visit/our-locations/cabot-house/

The Larcom

The Larcom was the first large performance hall built in Beverly, and still operates to this day to bring fun and entertainment to the people of Beverly. The Larcom Theatre was built in 1912, the same year as Fenway Park is a handsome and lovingly restored 600 capacity theater offering both stage and screen entertainment in downtown Beverly’s central art district. https://www.thelarcom.org/music

The Cabot

The Cabot is a main feature of downtown Beverly, its shining marquee can be seen brightly lighting up both sides of Cabot. The theater opened on December 8, 1920 as a dream palace for vaudeville and silent movies and it was hailed as “the most impressive auditorium of its size east of New York.” Known then as The Ware Theater, it shared a distinguished architectural pedigree, designed by the architects of Boston’s Athenaeum and Olympia Theater and Dorchester’s Strand Theater. https://thecabot.org/

Off Cabot

Off Cabot Comedy & Events is the newest addition to the theaters and show houses of downtown Beverly. With an intimate elegant setting it brings famous and talented acts from all over to perform in a smaller space perfect for parlor style shows and comedy nights. https://offcabot.org/