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Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue,
Phone: 617-267-9300

Boston Museum Of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) houses and preserves preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with works of art.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was founded in February 4, 1870 and on July 3, 1876 opened its doors of its building in Copley Square, a John H. Sturgis and Charles Brigham-designed gothic structure of red brick and terra-cotta.

In February 4, 1870 the Museum then moved to its present granite Guy Lowell-designed, neo-classical structure on Huntington Avenue.

The MFA broke ground for a major building expansion designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Foster and Partners (London) in 2005.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

The Museum’s encyclopedic collection of approximately 450,000 objects includes some of the most rare and important artistic treasures in the world. Each year, the MFA offers a wide range of special exhibitions featuring both the Museum’s holdings as well as works of art on loan from around the world. Currently, more than 327,000 works of the Museum’s collection are accessible online ( with more added every day. The MFA is made up of eight curatorial areas:

Art of the Americas—Since the Museum’s founding in 1870, it has been committed to collecting American art, and its holdings rank as one of the most important in the nation. The American collection ranges from Ancient American pottery to modernist painting. Highlights include John Singer Sargent’s famed murals; one of the most important collections of paintings by John Singleton Copley; Paul Revere’s Liberty Bowl; and the 1990 gift of 75 works from the William H. Lane Collection, including significant works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur G. Dove, Charles Sheeler, and Stuart Davis.

Art of the Ancient World—This collection possesses works of art from Ancient Egypt, Nubia, the Near East, Cyprus, Greece, Etruria, and Rome, including objects in a variety of media created as early as 6,000 B.C. The Egyptian—particularly from the Old Kingdom—and the Nubian collections are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world, acquired mainly through the MFA’s excavations with Harvard University. The Classical collection ranks among the premier encyclopedic collections in the world, with some 18,000 objects, ranging in date from 6,000 B.C. to A.D. 600, and covering a geographical ar...+ [ Read all ]


For a full listing of exhibitions, current, upcoming and past please visit,


General admission includes a second visit within 10 days.
• Members are admitted free
• $15 for adults
• $13 for senior citizens and college students
• Youths 17 and under are free
• Youths, 7-17, $6.50 during school hours (weekdays until 3:00 p.m.)
• Wednesday evenings after 4 p.m., admission is by voluntary contribution
• Thursday and Friday evenings after 5 p.m., admission is reduced by $2

Special exhibitions in the Gund Gallery require an additional fee.

Opening hours

The MFA is open seven days a week; the Museum’s hours are:
• Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
• Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
(Thursday and Friday after 5:00 p.m., the West Wing, select galleries and BRAVO are open)
• Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The Gund Gallery, the Museum’s largest exhibition space, closes 15 minutes before the rest of the Museum. The Museum is closed on Patriot’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Getting there

Public Transportation
Because our limited parking fills up quickly—especially during popular exhibitions—we encourage you to take advantage of the MBTA, Boston's public transportation system (known by natives as the "T").

Take the Green Line "E" train to the "Museum of Fine Arts" stop, or the Orange Line train to the "Ruggles" stop.

Fare for the T begins at $1.25 for most locations in town, but prices increase for travel from outlying areas.

Take the 39 bus to the "Museum of Fine Arts" stop, or the 8, 47, or CT2 buses to the "Ruggles" stop.

There are two Museum lots: one is a covered garage on the left side of Museum Road; the other is an open-air parking lot on the right side of Museum Road, just beyond the garage. Because parking at and near the MFA is limited and fills up fast--especially during popular exhibitions and school vacation weeks--the MFA encourages visitors to carpool or use public transportation.

Parking Rates
Members: $2.50 each half hour; $12.00 maximum/day
Nonmembers: $3.50 each half hour; $22 maximum/day

Special Evening Parking Rates
Monday–Friday, after 5:30 pm

Members: $2.50 each half hour; $10 maximum
Nonmembers: $3.50 each half hour; $15 maximum

For more information please visit,


• Dining (

Lunch: Monday through Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11: 30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dinner: Wednesday through Friday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Galleria Café
Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Courtyard Café
Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Tea & Music
October - April, Tuesday through Friday, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (except certain holidays)
An elegant tea is served in the Museum’s famous Upper Rotunda, accompanied by live music and baked goods. This is a wonderful way to relax and unwind after work or arrange to meet a friend and catch up. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

• MFA firstfridays/MFA fridays
Offering the most elegant evening atmosphere in Boston, mfafirstfridays is held on the first Friday of every month from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Entrance to mfafirstfridays is included with general admission. In the summer mfafridays is held every Friday.

• Shopping
The MFA Museum Bookstore & Shop features the largest selection of art books in New England, as well as classic sculpture, elegant jewelry, colorful scarves, handcrafted decorative arts, and educational children’s toys. Visit, or call 617.369.3575.+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (2)

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News and events

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), with Design Architect Foster and Partners (London), is undergoing a Building Project that will transform the Museum. The Building Project and its Campaign, entitled Building the New MFA, will enrich the ways in which visitors encounter the Museum’s great works of art, improve navigation through its galleries, as well as enhance and increase space for the MFA’s encyclopedic collection, educational programs, conservation facilities and special exhibitions.

With $500 million as the Campaign goal for the Building Project, funds raised will support substantial building and renovation enhancements to the Museum. Additional funds will strengthen the endowment for programs and positions in perpetuity. Funds from the Museum’s Patron Program, Corporate Partners Program, Museum Council and Annual Fund will support critical annual operations.


The MFA’s Department of Museum Learning and Public Programs creates programs that give visitors of all ages the opportunity to make direct connections with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Their diverse offerings include Adult Learning Resources, Adult Learning Programs, Youth and Family Learning, Studio Learning, Community Partnerships, Access Programs, Films and Concerts, School Programs, and their New Media Learning Initiative.

An updated schedule of all special events and ongoing programs can be found at the Museum’s website at


Step into a World of Art: Become a member of the MFA
Enjoy our rich schedule of exhibitions and programs and explore the great art within our doors—from our world-renowned collections to our latest special exhibitions. Attend concerts, lectures, family programs, films, and art courses, and visit the galleries any time you like for free!

There are three ways to join:

By phone: 617-369-3395, (TTY) 617-369-3188
In person: visit the Members' Room or any MFA ticket desk.