Explore history

From historical landmarks to the country's first public library (with more than 6 million volumes), Boston is a historian's delight. When you attend the gathering, be sure to build time before, during and after to explore the city and its history!

A cultural mecca

Boston's museums are among the finest in the country. View great works of art, stand inside a stained glass globe, experience the world of science and tour a local brewery, all during your stay for the Annual Gathering. Then check out Harvard before stopping and satisfying your love of the arts and all that Boston has to offer.

Entertainment abounds

Boston dining is its own destination. New restaurants and old favorites cater to your every taste. Enjoy award-winning clam chowder or sip fine wines. While you're at it, enjoy Boston's nightlife, its theatres, bars, pubs and clubs.

Lifelong learning

Lifelong learning

More than anything, the Annual Gathering is about learning new things and visiting with friends, whether they are friends you've known for years or those you've just met.

News

  • 09
    JUN 2014
    Bob Ryan announced as keynote speaker.

    Our special guest is keynote speaker Bob Ryan. Known as “the quintessential American sportswriter,” Bob has written for the Boston Globe for 45 years. In addition, he makes frequent television appearances...

  • 16
    JUL 2013
    AG hotel reservations update.

    On the boot heels of Culture in Cowtown's success, the 2014 Annual Gathering: Brilliance in Beantown is already proving popular. Rooms are still available for the primary July 2-6 period of the AG, but the AG hotel's block of...

  • 13
    AUG 2013
    Sheraton sold out.

    The Sheraton Boston Hotel, the host hotel for the Annual Gathering, is sold out. Rates are $159-$169 per night for overflow hotels, which are within walking distance of the Sheraton.

  • 01
    JUL 2010
    AML board approves Boston.

    At the 2010 Annual Gathering, American Mensa approved Boston for the 2014 gathering.

Go ahead and stare into the Brilliance of Beantown. Not blinding but enlightening, the city and its place in American history are formidable, of course, but Boston also wears the 21st century well.

Brilliance in BeantownFrom its downtown core to the outlying areas, Boston is a city with something for everyone: history and high technology, academic excellence and neighborhood ethnicity, financial prominence and sports enthusiasm, scientific achievements and a thrilling cultural scene. This mix of Colonial charm and urban sophistication is almost completely surrounded by water, with the Atlantic Ocean on two sides and the Charles River running alongside the back side of the city.

Boston is a perfect place for shoppers, restaurant connoisseurs and people who simply enjoy visiting the sites around town. The Freedom Trail is a good place to start, with its 3-mile historic walk through old Boston and Charlestown. The 48-acre Boston Common, America's first public park, runs alongside the flower-filled Public Garden. Nearby is the Bull and Finch Pub, inspiration for the TV series Cheers.

There's so much more, from Faneuil Hall Marketplace to the diverse selection of museums to the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the Italian shops and restaurants of the North End.

The Annual Gathering, hosted by American Mensa and Mensa Canada and scheduled July 2-6, is the center of that cultural and intellectual universe in 2014 — join us!

Hear from past attendees...

Loved the cool weather. People were so friendly. Everyone was nice. Just a general "good" feeling about the whole experience.