Central Exchange Cultural District

a child watches performance artists through a window
590 Washington St.
Lynn, MA 01901
(781) 581-6200

The core of this city may be one of Massachusetts' best-kept secrets -- a fusion of contemporary artists and multicultural cuisine and the authentic bricks and mortar of a city steeped in a history at the forefront of America's industrial history. Mingle with the artists and entrepreneurs who are drawn to the myriad of street activities, performances, and museums. Lynn's Central Exchange Cultural District includes historic museums, multiple performance spaces (like LynnArts' Neal Rantoul Black Box Theater), galleries like RAW showcasing young artists, numerous artist studios, WFNX Radio, ethnic restaurants and marketplaces reflecting the city's diverse population, and a resurgence of new restaurants.

The Central Exchange Cultural District is one of seven state-designated Cultural Districts within the Essex National Heritage Area.  Find all of them here.


Always open.



Driving Directions: 

The Downtown Lynn Cultural District is easy to get to by public transportation. The Central Square MBTA stop on the Newburyport/Rockport line is at the heart of the District and points of interest are all within an easy, twenty block walking distance. There’s plenty of public parking downtown, too. Take a car, train, bus or bike. Once you’ve landed, the Cultural District is there to be discovered.


  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Self guided


  • Walking & Hiking
  • Cultural Resources
  • Historic Resources
  • Community
  • Parks
  • Industrial Theme Trail
  • Recreation & Tours
  • Restaurants
  • Museums
  • Shops
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