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The Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusett

The Museum of Fine Arts

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465 Huntington AvenueBostonMassachusetts02115
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Musuem of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston attracts over one million visitors a year and features over 450,000 works of art. Founded in 1870, the museum is affiliated with an art academy and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum's highly acclaimed Art of the Americas Wing, finished in the early 2000s, showcases art from North, South, and Central America.

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Museum Details

Hours

  • Open 7 days a week
  • Monday and Tuesday 10am - 4:45pm
  • Wednesday- Friday 10am - 9:45pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 4:45pm
Closed on New Year's Day, Patriot's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Prices

  • Members: free
  • Adults: $25
  • Seniors (65+) $23
  • Students (18+) $23
  • Children 6 and under: free
  • Children 7-17: Free**
** Weekdays after 3pm, weekends, and Boston public school holidays. Otherwise, it's $10

Events

  • First Fridays - Begin each month in a unique and stylish atmosphere at MFA First Fridays.
  • Wine Wednesday - Savor a new selection from a featured winery each month.
For more, visit mfa.org/programs/special-event.

Activities

  • Tours
  • Gallery Talks
  • Artist Demonstrations
  • Sightseeing

Main/Major collections

Some highlights of the MFA's collection include
  • Ancient Egyptian artifacts
  • Famous French impressionist pieces
  • Imperial Chinese art and calligraphy
  • 5,000 pieces of Japanese pottery
  • 18th and 19th century American art

Brief overview of the Art of the Americas Wing

The museum opened a new wing, called Art of the Americas, which includes work from the Pre-Columbian era through the third quarter of the twentieth century. Paintings of the Americas, the MFA’s first web-based catalogue, gives visitors a virtual look at the world’s greatest works of arts. The American paintings at the MFA, namely those produced in the North American colonies of New England between the late seventeenth and late nineteenth century, stand amongst the finest in existence. Spanish Colonial and Latin American art

FAQs

What should I know about visiting with children?


The museum asks that guests stay at least a foot from any artwork, and keep food and drinks in the Museum’s restaurants or courtyard. The flash must be turned off when taking photos. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Strollers -

Strollers are allowed in all galleries, but may be restricted in Gund Gallery if crowds are large. Backpack-style child carriers are prohibited.

Baby-Changing Areas -

Baby-changing areas can be found in restrooms throughout the Museum.

Nursing Room -

Mothers needing to nurse their babies may use the private nursing room by the Hemicycle Gallery.
The MFA has many regular programs for children. See a listing of structured and self-guided activities for children from toddlers to teens.

What is allowed/prohibited at the museum? (Ie: high res photos, lost and found details, mobile phone policies, etc.)


Baggage and Coat Check -

The MFA offers two free coat check rooms located at the Huntington and State Street entrances. All items larger than 11" x 15" must be checked, including certain child carriers. Bags bigger than 11" x 15" containing necessary medical and baby care equipment are allowed in the Museum. Laptop computers, cameras, and other valuables cannot be checked. Musical instruments and coats can be checked. All bags are subject to inspection.

Attire and Cell Phone Policies -

Shirt and footwear are required. Mobile phone use is prohibited in the galleries.

Map/Directions

Driving Direction to The Museum of Fine Arts From GET DIRECTIONS or Copley Square Hotel