Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is an elegant and impressive space filled with captivating masterpieces from around the world. The museum offers several hands-on art and drop-in programs for families and children.
The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art.
Each year, the museum welcomes more than one million visitors to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
This museum is quite family friendly, with changing tables in most ladies rooms and a nursing room just outside the Lane Gallery of 20th Century Art. Guide to Visiting the Museum with Kids.
Most of the museum is relatively child proof, with most exhibits in protective casings or well out of reach of little hands.
A Brief MFA History
The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art.
Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.
The Boston MFA is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriot’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Other attraction that are between 7-15 minutes away include Quincy Market, Old North Church, Boston Children's Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, The USS Constitution, Boston Public Garden,The Boston State House, The Museum of Fine Arts, and Fenway Park.
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Starting January 3, 2022 the Museum will be open 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday through Mondays, and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Starting March 18, the Museum will welcome visitors until 10 pm every Friday.
West wing only: Thursday and Friday 5:00 pm to 9:45 am
See more info on Museum hours
Entrance fees include 2 visits within a ten-day period.
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA map
Phone: (617) 267-9300
- Visiting the New Art of the Americas Wing
- Enter at the Huntington or State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance; a valid membership card or ticket is required for admission. Head for the Sharf Visitor Center to pick up a map, get information, or meet a tour.
- Take a moment to orient yourself and begin your journey through the galleries from the Shapiro Family Courtyard.
- The wing tells the story of the art of the Americas from the indigenous cultures of the Ancient Americas through the third quarter of the 20th century. The 53 galleries are organized according to culture, period, region, style, artist, maker, and theme.
- You can journey through time, from the first millennium BC—the date of the earliest art on Level LG (Lower Ground)—to the 20th century on Level 3, on the top floor.
- If your time is limited you can enjoy a “broad brush” introduction to the wing by visiting just the central galleries on each floor. Or you can explore an artist, period, or style in greater depth in many other galleries and period rooms.
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