|Address:||1 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA, 2114|
The Hatch Shell is an outdoor concert venue located on the Boston side of the Charles River Esplanade with close proximity to the Public Gardens. There is no permanant seating at the Hatch Shell - it is fronted by a 90,000 square foot lawn. The stage is host to a variety of free summer concerts including the widely popular July 4th celebration at which the Boston Pops famously conclude the evening with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture before fireworks are launched from across the river. The current building is not the original. A structure was first erected on site in 1928 as a temporary venue for the Pops. In 1941, funded by a donation from Maria Hatch in memorium of her late brother Edward, the current permanant structure was built. The most recent significant renovation was completed in 1991. At 40 feet tall and 110 feet wide, the Hatch Shell provides some of the best acoustics of any open air facility in the world.
The map and Hatch Shell information on this page were accurate at the time they were added to this website. Just in case things have changed, we recommend that you confirm rates, hours, and location prior to planning your visit.