When you hear “art gallery”, stark white walls and a snooty “hands-off” policy may come to mind. Eugene Galleries, a charmingly diminutive antique shop in Beacon Hill, on the contrary, couldn’t be further from that conception.
The gallery is quaint in its cramped size, with walls lined floor-to-ceiling with a colorful array of maps and engravings in antique frames. The tables are topped with large wooden boxes filled with vintage prints and images, all of which are mounted by hand, and organized by theme.
This Charles Street gem specializes in Boston area-themed artwork; making it ideal for a visitor looking for a unique and memorable souvenir. However, if you’re looking for a piece from another part of the globe – or of a different subject entirely (vintage post cards, or old campaign pins, anyone?) – chances are, Eugene Galleries will have you covered.
Eugene Galleries’ impressive collection – a recorded 45,000 prints – is exactly why I keep returning. Amongst the piles of eclectic memorabilia, you enter never knowing exactly what you want, and exit with precisely the right gift. I personally love this shop as a source for creative and personalized presents, and you can usually score smaller prints for under $25.
How is this extensive array of precious antiques and everyday knickknacks maintained, you may ask? By the one woman who can command such order: the endearingly sweet Barbara, who owns and operates the shop. Be sure to say hello, as you’re thumbing through the box of vintage maps from Eastern Europe.