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Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts

© Matt Griffin

The Museum of Fine Arts is Boston's premier art institution, showcasing a world-class collection within an ambiance of architectural grandeur. Located at one end of the Back Bay Fens and accented with an ornate Japanese Garden, the surrounding grounds and marble corridors of the Museum of Fine Arts appropriately frame the splendor within.

In its sophisticated way, the Museum of Fine Arts' short-term exhibits and films provide insight into the depth of Boston's intellectual interplay with art in its most modern and ancient forms. While the collections span the cultures of Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and ancient worlds, the motion picture programs glitter with international film festivals and contemporary independent selections.

The Museum of Fine Arts' collections from Asia and the Americas are the most well known and extensive. In addition, the permanent exhibit of musical instruments is quite popular. Temporary exhibits draw enormous crowds as well, but they only last a few months so you may want to check the calendar. Past temporary exhibits included Ansel Adams photography, Ralph Lauren's car collection, and Egyptian Tombs.

The Museum of Fine Arts offers many opportunities to participate in museum activities. On Wednesday evenings after 4pm, admission is free. At no extra cost, visitors can draw with provided materials in the gallery from 6pm - 9pm from live models and objects from the museum collections. For $30, visitors can attend Concerts in the Courtyard, which occurs every Wednesday evening in the summer, and includes exquisite musical performances from around the world, refreshments, and dancing.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Monday and Tuesday: 10am to 4:45pm
  • Wednesday through Friday: 10am to 9:45pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4:45pm
  • Japanese Garden is seasonal and open from 10am to 4pm
  • Museum is closed on some major holidays
  • Admission:
  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors and Students: 18 and older $18
  • Youths (6 and under): Free
  • Youths (7-17) weekdays before 3pm: $7.50
  • Youths 7-17 after 3 pm: Free
  • Wednesday after 4pm: by donation
  • Subway Stop:
  • Green Line E train to the Museum of Fine Arts stop
  • Contact:
  • Location: Avenue of the Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA
  • Phone: 617-267–9300
  • Website:
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