Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
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Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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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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  • Morgan M
    11 contributions
    A must visit!
    My boyfriend and I went here on a date that easily could have lasted all day. You definitely need at least multiple hours to view everything, possibly even multiple days. I love the Boston exhibit they have, really connects the museum to the city. Also love their acknowledgements of intersectional issues, as it’s not something I see many art museums doing currently. I definitely want to go back the next time I’m in Boston to catch everything I missed!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada3,004 contributions
    Great collections
    A handsome building crammed with great collections. We were particularly drawn by the Michaelina Wauthier and 'The Five Senses' exhibition, but the Dutch and Flemish galleries are generally marvellous. The Hokusai exhibition is also splendid, and the Black Potters of Old Edgefield, SC, exhibition in the Torf Gallery offered lots of food for thought. The MFA is highly recommended.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 12, 2023
  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom6,829 contributions
    Impressive Museum
    I visited the MFA as the weather was chilly and cloudy. I do object to having to pay £22 to enter a museum where they are all free in the UK, but needs must. There were multiple exhibits of different countries that represented their history and culture. So many artefacts including, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, clocks, coins and even rooms taken from an original building. The layout of the museum was vast and had impressive exhibition halls and staircases. There are plenty of toilet facilities, a room to store large bags for free and numerous dining facilities. I recommend a visit to this museum.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 15, 2023
  • M M
    United States393 contributions
    Outstanding Museum
    Our family spent over six hours here, and the adults as well as the teens enjoyed it very much so. Elementary aged children were having fun locating items on their hunt list, as the docents were especially enticing. Wonderful!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 7, 2023
  • dfb260
    Staunton, Virginia468 contributions
    Ver nice!
    Large, sprawling museum with a nice collection, including a large collection of Egyptian art and artifacts. Multiple places to eat here. Current admission: $27 for adults ( no senior citizen discount). Great for a day with inclement weather.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Kayenne
    London, United Kingdom226 contributions
    An excellent museum
    An excellent museum. We travelled there by public transport. No discount for non-local students, which was a shame for our young adult offspring and made the outing quite costly. Check opening days before you visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • allthegirls2014
    Naples, Florida108 contributions
    Beautiful museum with incredible collection
    We had a lovely time. There is a lot to see as this museum collection is quite extensive. Highlights: * Be sure to spend time in the American collection, with Copley paintings of many of the earliest American patriots as well as a Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington. Actual silver created by Paul Revere is also quite meaningful. * The ancient Egypt collection is one of the finest in the world because the museum received permission to cooperate with the Egyptian government to do some early excavations at the pyramids. * There is a Monet room! * Eat in the cafe. It's a lovely atrium with a giant Chihuly sculpture.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Stefano R
    Varese, Italy74 contributions
    You cannot miss this wonder
    The MFA is simply one of the most beautiful museum I've ever visited. In a marvellous building it hosts precious masterpieces from aegyptian age to modern times. A real wonder to discover with calm. I spent there 3 hours but I really didn't realise it. You cannot miss it if in Boston.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Marimiri
    Nicosia, Cyprus398 contributions
    Amazing global collection
    Amazing collection of fine and modern art from all over the world. We spend Saturday here with my son and we loved it, must come back. Had also lunch at patio rests and was really nice and relaxing. We loved the monet and Asian collection the most
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • seekingcalm
    77 contributions
    Be selective --pick a couple of things to see and enjoy it
    My two favorite exhibits from today..,the one of miniatures and the woodblock prints of Provincetown MA. To my surprise, the museum was not especially crowded. Many helpful volunteers around to provide directions. I used my public library discount pass--cant stomach a $27 admission charge, so I reserved the pass ahead of time and adults were $10 each.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
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Matthew M
Farmington, NY277 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
I appear to be one of the very few who didn't care for it. As I always note, I'm not an art guy but I like going to art museums- they are uniformly interesting places with great architecture and a nice vibe. I like seeing all of the paintings at a superficial level too- seeing famous and/or interesting works. Loved big ones like the Louvre, the Met, MOMA, and smaller ones like Ft. Worth, Providence (RISD), Cleveland, Buffalo.

I found this one to be so so boring. We left after like 45 minutes. The art is super colonial American so it was endless hallways of old pianos, boring portraits and some landscapes. I think I needed to explore more but I felt like we walked awhile and only saw boring furniture and even more boring paintings. The layout is kind of crowded and overly modern (mallish) as well.

Not sure why I didn't love it and it appears that the whole rest of the world does. But I didn't and I was surprised at how much I didn't like it.
Written February 15, 2024
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Miranda S
4 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I'm the one Bostonian who isn't the biggest fan of this museum, and I feel awful about it! I really want to love this spot, but the layout is confusing and doesn't feel intuitive at all. I realized that's partly because they split up continents between floors, so you end up thinking you've seen all the have to offer for Europe, only to go upstairs to a whole other collection. I can see how that might be exciting for some, but I find it a challenge to understand how it's laid out and why.

Experience in other museums includes extensive time in the Met, the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, the Isabella Stewart Gardner, V&A, British Museum, Museum of Literature in Dublin, the Harvard art museums, the Getty and Getty Villa, and the Tate Modern, among many others, so I'm not a museum neophyte, and I like all kinds of museums worldwide. I just don't think this one is for me.

I do think other museum-goers may benefit from the scattered feeling, as if they're finding something new and fun around each corner. I find it frustrating.

That said, I have heard their special exhibits are wonderful, and I ought to give this place another chance when an exhibit of interest arrives.
Written February 11, 2024
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dcjer2015
Washington DC, DC47 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Smashing museum - it had been 25 years since we had gone and the permanent collection exceeded our fond memories. In addition to the Monet room and the late/post-impressionists, we were particularly struck by the Greek/Roman collection and the excellent room dedicated to pre-Columbian Mexico which includes a dynamite collection of Maya pots (although there is no discussion of provenance).

We were motivated to come up specifically for the Sargent exhibit which did not disappoint, although I strongly agree with the other commenters that it was way too crowded. The only thing that saved it for us was going mid-afternoon and circling back to the start after the last admission window. Had we not been able to do that there would be fewer stars here!
Written January 15, 2024
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Karen W
Melrose, MA48 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
I took my Mom to the Sargeant's Exhibit for her birthday and we were really looking forward to it. But it was so crowded inside the exhibit you couldn't get to see each painting. It was wall to wall people- worse than Disney. Ridiculous. We spent $68 for 2 people to go to this exhibit and then $32 for parking (which was completely full and took 30 minutes to just get into the parking garage after we told the attendant we had tickets already. We had timed tickets- what is the point of timed tickets if you are in that kind of crowd? The museum was greedy. The exhibit should have been planned to stay at the museum longer so you don't have to let so many people in at the same time. The Bloomberg app they direct you towards for 10 of the paintings & outfits was nice but didn't actually work inside the exhibit as planned because no one had cell service down there. And the free wifi was overloaded by too many people so it didn't work. And the lighting was terrible- tons of spotty light & shadows, it was extremely "glarry" when aimed at the paintings and reflected off the glass that many of them were in- so you couldn't actually see the whole painting and you couldn't move to get a different angle. This is not the way to light paintings- hire a different lighting designer. Security also took our personal hand sanitizer at the door- why during a pandemic do I need to give you my hand sanitizer?? Basically this was not worth the money. This is so expensive it also doesn't make it accessible for people in lower incomes either. Between the parking and the tickets. Good job to Mayor Wu for making it free for boston public school kids on 2 sundays a month. But if this is the direction museums are going in- they will only be accessible to the rich.
Written January 13, 2024
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Richard C
Virginia781 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is an international treasure. One would need weeks in Boston to fully explore its holdings. I was up for the Sargent exhibit which was brilliant. Afterwards I did a wander to visit old friends -- Turner, Rossetti, Gaugin, Monet -- as well as view the Sargent work that didn't make the cut for the big show. Just a great, world class museum, and it's well worth a full day.
Written January 12, 2024
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Suzan L
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
The Sargent exhibit itself was great BUT it was so crowded that you really couldn't enjoy it. Everyone was complaining. The set up in my opinion was terrible.
Written January 11, 2024
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Suzan, we want to extend our sincere apologies that your visit to “Fashioned by Sargent” did not meet expectations. We are aware that the popularity of the exhibition—especially in its final weeks—has created large crowds, and we are actively working on solutions to manage capacities more effectively for future special exhibitions. Your feedback is incredibly important to us, and we appreciate your patience as we work to ensure a positive visitor experience for all. Please email pr@mfa.org if you have any further concerns or feedback.
Written January 12, 2024
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Caljake
Bridgewater, MA37 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
I usually love all things MFA, but they really laid an egg with the latest John Singer Sargent special exhibition: Fashioned by Sargent. The hugely popular attraction made for uncomfortably large crowds (think Super Spreader event) and it seems the assigned ticket times were ignored by patrons who arrived late but where allowed to jump the queue. If you’re from the area, you know the parking situation, so leave earlier! I wanted to linger and actually view all aspects of the exhibit, but it was rushed and more like mosh pit surfing than a day at the museum.

MFA needed to have created a larger exhibition space—c’mon! It’s John Singer Sargent! The rest of the museum was not as crowded, so the draw was obvious. Sargent leaves January 15th, and going on a weekday after a Nor’Easter offered no advantage!
Written January 8, 2024
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We want to extend our sincere apologies that your visit to “Fashioned by Sargent” did not meet expectations. We are aware that the popularity of the exhibition—especially in its final weeks—has created large crowds, and we are actively working on solutions to manage capacities more effectively for future special exhibitions. Your feedback is incredibly important to us, and we appreciate your patience as we work to ensure a positive visitor experience for all. Please email pr@mfa.org if you have any further concerns or feedback.
Written January 12, 2024
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Coffeewow
Columbia, MD68 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
It's a must do in Boston, but I preferred the museum of natural history (I realize this comparison is a bit apples vs. oranges). It's got some great exhibits but others are questionable (as in, I would think this "art" belongs in a movie making fun of high art). FYSA, the fashion exhibit is extra money.
Written December 30, 2023
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Ina_31
St. Catharines, Canada495 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
I was back at the museum, which is a world class museum and a MUST visit when in Boston! Amazing collections + an interesting temporary exhibition “Fashioned by Sargent”, which I highly recommend.
Written December 28, 2023
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Mark P
Swampscott, MA2,519 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is truly one of the finest art museums in the world. The collection is large and varied, and shows tend to be very well curated and interesting. I suggest avoiding the 10:00 am opening, as there can be long lines extending outdoors on weekends or during school vacation weeks.
Written December 28, 2023
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