French Cultural Center
Learn to speak French, take a cooking class, research French history, or celebrate Bastille Day at the French Cultural Center.
Part of a network of nearly 1,500 Alliances Françaises in 138 countries, it was established in 1945 to celebrate French and American friendship, the elegant brownstone on Marlborough Street contains a language school, cultural center and the second largest French library in the country.
The collection includes 28,000 multimedia documents, stacks of books on everything form contemporary fiction, social sciences, art and history. There's more than 900 DVD's for adults and children, and 1,500 CD's of music, literature and language lessons. In addition,there's a wide selection of French newspapers and magazines, and a children's library.
French classes for both adults and children are available at all levels, and taught by native speakers. Through donors and membership support, the center also offers a free after-school program at several Boston Public Schools, teaching French to children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn otherwise.
Cultural programs include everything from art exhibits, to book and Scrabble clubs, to meet and greets and wine tastings. A membership includes invitations to cultural events, discounts and more. The library is free and open to the public.
- Fax: 617-912-0450
- Hours: Center: Mon - Thu, 9am - 9pm; Sat, 9am - 5pm. Library: Mon, Tue, Thu, 10am - 6pm; Wed, 10am - 8pm; Sat, 10am - 5pm. Administrative office: Mon - Thu, 9am - 5pm
- Handicap Accessible: No
- Founding Date: 1945
- Parking: On-street: metered
- Size of collection: 28,000
- Services: Audiobooks, Movies, Music CDs, Research databases
- Programs/classes: Native speakers teach all levels of French classes for both adults and children. Examples of cultural programs include art exhibits, author talks, cooking classes, wine tastings, networking and social opportunities and holiday celebrations.
- Public/Private: Public
- Accreditation/licenses: Affiliated with the Alliance Francaise of Boston
- Number of faculty: 14
- How engaged is the school with the community?: The "Accent on Success" after-school program provides free French classes at several Boston Public Schools, teaching the foreign language to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn.