The Boston Center for Adult Education is great. With Boston being known for its academic excellence, it seems everyone is always striving to improve themselves in some way. The BCAE serves that need for most people. The BCAE owns the Gamble Mansion at 5 Commonwealth Avenue (right by Newbury Street and all the exciting sightseeing and shopping available in the area of town). Most of the courses occur at this Mansion. Courses vary in length from a couple of hours in total to 8 weeks or so. I took an 8 week calligraphy course through the BCAE with a couple of friends and we calligraphed all my wedding invitations - they came out beautifully! They offer hundreds of classes, from ballroom dancing, to photography, to real estate, etc - mostly anything you can think of! It is really an active and wonderful center and I highly recommend checking it out!