Courtesy of Boston City Archives

City Hall


MoMI is pleased to partner with Zipporah Films to bring City Hall directly to Museum members and patrons to view from home. To support the Museum, please use the link below to watch the film.

View City Hall from home using this link. (Tickets: $12).
A portion of ticket sales benefits the Museum and its staff.

Dir. Frederick Wiseman. USA, 2020, 272 mins. The latest film from the legendary Frederick Wiseman documents in epic fashion the efforts by the Boston city government to provide necessary services—fire and sanitation, veterans affairs and elder support, and beyond. Wiseman makes Mayor Marty Walsh and his administration central to the film, addressing a number of policy priorities, including racial justice, affordable housing, climate action, and homelessness. City Hall illustrates the variety of ways a city administration enters into civil discourse with its citizens, and successfully offers a wide variety of services to a diverse population. Includes access to a conversation between Frederick Wiseman and Mayor Marty Walsh.

"Mammoth, kaleidoscopic . . . perhaps we’ll look back on City Hall years from now and find that the consummate American chronicler once again delivered us the film we needed, when we needed it." —Jeff Reichert, Reverse Shot