Museum of Fine Arts

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Museum of Fine Arts
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Fenway / Kenmore
The Curse of the Bambino may have ended years ago, but loyal Red Sox fans will continue to infiltrate this home to historic Fenway Park, where you can find victory banners, people yelling in stereotypical Boston accents, and lots of sports bars. Located within Kenmore Square, the old gas station Citgo sign is another Boston skyline classic seen throughout the city. In addition to a hectic and diehard sports mentality, this neighborhood is also home to some of Boston’s many universities. Move from Boston University territory to that of Northeastern, and spend time at the famous Museum of Fine Arts. For more culture, check out the smaller but equally beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Continue off the beaten path and check out the green space in the Back Bay Fens, a pretty community garden. This diverse neighborhood has a mix of universities, sports, culture, and more residential green space.
How to get there
  • Museum of Fine Arts • 3 min walk
  • Northeastern University • 5 min walk
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI383 contributions
One of America's best art museums!! Loved the Monet exhibition!!
Jul 2021
First visit to the MFA! After cancelling a trip to Boston to see the initial Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression exhibition last year, I was so happy for the opportunity to visit Boston and see the current Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated (fewer Monet works but more context about Monet and development as a artist and additional Boston connections). We decided to buy tickets with an entry time in the morning so that we could spend the rest of the day up to closing time if needed. Well worth it! The grand staircase is impressive, with the large Asian works going up the stairs and the rotunda with the stunning John Singer Sargent murals. The Monet and Boston exhibition is quite interesting, with an array of 25 Monet works from the early right through to a Water Lilies (it was disappointing that a 2nd one plus The Japanese Bridge are on loan) set among the works of Millet and Rodin. Contemporary glass, Impressionist works, early Italian paintings, and the American paintings from Copley and Peale to O'Keeffe and Hopper to Kehinde Wiley. The Early American galleries are not to be missed. Enjoyed the architecture of the additions and the Lime Green Icicle Tower by Chihuly in the Shapiro Family Courtyard. If you are time-constrained, check the MFA website to search their collections for your favorite works or artists and prioritize what you see during your visit.
Written 27 July 2021
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seanworc
New York City, NY631 contributions
Boston Fine Arts
Jul 2021
This is a large fine arts museum of Boston. It is a comprehensive collection and far too large to see in one visit. We saw the special exhibit on Basquiat and the" freaks" of the early 80s. These artists were referred to as "post graffiti". Ironically, we live about a 1/2 mile or 10 blocks from the location where theses artists thrived in the East Village.
We also saw the Early American galleries which are a strength of this place. There is a lovely open-spaced cafe in the newer section.
Written 26 July 2021
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Dimitrivaz
Tucson, AZ239 contributions
Great Museum, and the Monet exhibit was a wonderful bonus
Jul 2021
We haven't been to the MFA in 30 years! It sure has changed. The new wing that houses the American wing is simply fantastic. Looking at the art from the early native Americans in Central and South America was such a treat. The collection is wonderful, and very well displayed. The same could be said about the early American exhibits, in which pictures were accompanied by furniture and other items that provided wonderful context. During our visit, we were also able to view the Monet special exhibit. The effort to tie Monet to Massachussetts was a little strained, but I very much appreciated the presentation of contemporary artists to Monet side by side with Monet, so as to demonstrate the influences of one on the other. This was also the first time where I was able to see multiple versions of his paintings side by side, to see how he captured light and color at different times of day. What a great job by the curator!
Written 21 July 2021
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Rooindie
Farmington, CT861 contributions
Love love love Monet
Jul 2021
A large museum with quite a collection, but I was most enthralled with the 17 Monets they have! We went during the Monet exhibition, so there were even more to see on loan. Sure there's the Water Lily and a Grainstack - but also a wide variety of other works by Monet, including several that are not his standard impressionist style. We also went in for some Gainsborough, Sargent, van Gogh and many other recognized artists. We spent a few hours there. It was very busy for a pandemic, but it was also a rainy Sunday.
Written 21 July 2021
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Colleen P
Lilongwe, Malawi208 contributions
A pleasant way to spend a few hours
Jun 2021
I was gifted a membership here and have fully taken advantage of it. With the membership you can walk right in anytime. It is big enough that you can take a couple days and do a few exhibits at a time without burning out running around. They host special events and exhibits here which are worth going to. I went to a Turkish film festival here that was fun and also the Basquiat hip hop movement exhibit.

I suggest walking around for a few hours and then wandering down the street to Tatte cafe and bakery for a bite to eat.

To get here via public transport I take the Green line, you can get off at either Northwestern University or the Museum of Fine arts stops as the museum is right between them. You will either need a prepaid card or have purchased your subway ticket before hand because their is no where to buy tickets at the MFA station.
Written 21 July 2021
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gabriella glady
Indonesia227 contributions
Art in Boston
Aug 2020
One of the best places to go is in Boston. There is a lot of art and the interior is amazing! They have many exhibition as well
Written 20 July 2021
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Darlene J
Jacksonville, FL18 contributions
Great Museum
Jul 2021
I am so glad we made this a stop while in Boston. I was not sure what to expect and I was not disappointed. I did not buy the tickets for the extra exhibits however there was plenty to see. My husband and I spent about 3 1/2 hours there and were able to see most of the exhibits.
Written 18 July 2021
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Christina
San Francisco, CA42 contributions
A must see
Jul 2021 • Family
A must see in Boston. With the appointment system they have, the museum has just enough people so that you can see the displays without having to either block someone's view or viceversa.
Written 11 July 2021
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ufwallygator
State College, PA12 contributions
Disappointed
Jul 2021
It is a decent museum, but it really doesn't compare to the better museums around the country. However, the Monet exhibit was very good.
Written 9 July 2021
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA25,432 contributions
Visiting my old friend
Jul 2021 • Solo
The highlight of my day was returning to our spectacular Museum of Fine Arts. I renewed my membership today for $90 (the membership prices have gone up this year, rightfully so) and was pleasantly surprised to see the Museum parking lot full. It was not a problem at all for me because I always park in the garage anyways. The garage parking for members is $15, which is a steal for the center of Boston.

How nice was to return to my beloved museum after almost 18 months! Every single staff member was so friendly and helpful - I could feel how happy they are to have visitors back.

Another pleasant surprise was the number of young people in the museum. I was very inspired to see their interest in art and it seems to me that they did not come just to see the Basquiat exhibit (I skipped it even though it was free for me as a member). There were very many students admiring the Monet exhibit and the Museum permanent collections. In contrast, in the Philadelphia Art Museum the older crowd visibly dominated the scene.

I loved the Monet exhibit, though it was not something new for me as I am more than familiar with his paintings at the MFA. The exhibit theme is quite interesting: who had influenced his art. Monet’s paintings are placed side by side to the paintings of his predecessors, Corot, Millet, Courbet, and great masters of Japanese art, Hokusai and Hiroshige. As always, I admired Monet’s landscapes: sunlight effects in his three paintings of the two rivers, the Petite Creuse and the Grande Creuse, are especially striking as well as his three marvels, “Morning on the Seine near Giverny”... not to forget about his two “Rouen Cathedral” paintings, my favorites.

After the Monet’s exhibit, I went to see a special exhibit, “Paul Cézanne: Influence”. It mostly included the MFA paintings but there were some works from the private collections as well.

After the special exhibits, I revisited the permanent collection and said hello to my favorites: four spectacular paintings by Velasquez, magnificent portraits by Rembrandt, “Portrait of Fray Hortensio Félix Paravicino” by El Greco (the latter is my all time favorite), Tintoretto, Titian, etc, etc.

And of course I went see Van Gogh, Degas and Renoir for the umpteenth time... I never get tired of them.

Many galleries are closed for renovations but are reopening soon.

Masks are not enforced but recommended (I was not wearing a mask). The crowds are being controlled by timed tickets but social distancing is not really enforced, which didn’t bother me too much. The restaurant and the museum shop are still closed, but the cafe is opened.

It was such a wonderful day... Boston MFA is my old and loyal friend, so coming back after such a long time meant a lot to me.
Written 1 July 2021
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