The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center located in Boston was built in 1988 from a design by architects Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood. It replaced the John B. Hynes Memorial Auditorium, also a convention center, built in 1963 during the Massachusetts Turnpike expansion from Route 128 to the Central Artery, which was regarded as "ungainly". The 1988 design "attempted to relate in scale and materials to its Back Bay setting, adopting granite and setbacks... The severe gray interior is reminiscent of an early 20th-century German railroad station". The Center is named after former Boston mayor John Hynes.Put Hynes Convention Center and other Boston attractions into our Boston day trip planning app, and watch your holiday take shape.
Physical characteristicsThe building has 193000sqft of exhibit space and can accommodate up to four concurrent events. It features 71600sqft of meeting space with 38 permanent rooms and a 24500sqft grand ballroom.
Annual occupants Anime Boston is one of the events which regularly occupies the Hynes with around 27,000 unique attendees. Harvard Model Congress have been using the center for all House committees for its 2011 conference. First Night Boston has used space at the Hynes each New Year's Eve. Harvard Model United Nations has used it for the inauguration ceremonies with thousands of students from all over the world. CollegeFest is a back-to-school college marketing event held yearly at the Hynes with around 15,000 attendees. Berklee College of Music has a yearly jazz festival/competition, drawing in high school jazz bands from both inside and outside of New England.
Hynes Convention Center Reviews
Great place the hall itself is well organized the security is very good. The bathrooms are clean and plenty of them. The best part is the location as you are not trapped eating only the food the... more »
This place was able to handle over 9,000 people in attendance. The many conference rooms were clean and great for microphone usage. The exhibit rooms for the vendors was huge! This was my first time..... more »
As a contractor working on a show, I would recommend avoiding this place at all costs. The union workers are lazy and FULL of attitude. The staff is not even mildly interested in getting answers for your questions. I would not do an event in this place if it was the last indoor venue left in the entire universe!!!!!! I can't say enough about how terrible my experience was.
Great facility and location. Sound in some meeting rooms could have been better
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