The Museum of Fine Arts is an incredible place to stop by in Boston on a rainy day. The collection is surprisingly large. There are plenty of different collections to see and exhibits change all the time. There are lots of places to eat for all different price ranges and be sure to check out the museum gift shop. There is also a theatre in the museum which shows different movies each month. I highly reccomend a visit to this museum.
This is a superb museum. They have a lot of diverse collections. They have a really nice asian art section, european paintings, american art and antique art. They have 3 different restaurants depending of the size of your wallet.
You should choose the sections you want to see first because there is a lot to see.
Don't forget the Gauguin Exposition until June 20th! A beauty!
First let me say, I'm biased. I work here.
The lovely Beaux Arts building dates to 1907, and in 1981, I.M. Pei's West Wing addition opened to the public. The Gund Gallery is the West Wing houses special exhibitions, the theater, and the cafes.
The museum houses one of the world's best art collection, with Greek and Roman treasures, a wonderful Asian Art wing, American period rooms, 20th century masters, photography and prints, American and European paintings and sculptures, and frequent large and small traveling shows. It's Impressionism collection is outstanding.
The Egyptian rooms are atmospheric and very dim with tiny spotlights on the mummies, jars, and amulets.
Visit the Japanese Zen garden outside on the west corner.
Remis Auditorium is home to the museum's film program. It is fantastic, with film festivals celebrating art in fiim, other cultures, and social issues. Recent events have been Jewish Film Festival, the Turkish Film festival, and currently, the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. It also holds special premieres of interesting new films.
There is a new restaurant, Bravo, the Fine Arts cafe, the Fraser Garden Court cafe, and a cafeteria, with outdoor seating in the courtyard.
The museum bookstore (where I work) is outstanding, featuring many museum-related gift items, but the big draw is the book department. It is one of the best I've ever seen, with subjects extending beyond art to include literature, interior design, how-to, architecture, travel, and pop culture. You will not leave empty handed!
Open 7 days a week. Saturday through Tuesday 10-4:45. Wednesday through Friday 10-9:45. Wednesdays after 4PM admission is by voluntary contribution.
The museum is currently under construction for a new wing and overlay designed by Sir Norman Foster. Some of the exhibits, and the museum library, are closed until the end of the project.
The MFA is an outstanding museum, among the best when compared to those of similar size. I was baffled when I saw the MFA listed as a "Tourist Trap" on another page. Of course, it is not as impressive as the Louvre or the Rijksmuseum -- no surprise here given Boston's smaller size, shorter history and the museum's local status. But having visited the famed European museums, I am still impressed by the richness and diversity of the MFA's collections.
The MFA has a veritable collection of antiquities, of which the Egyptian collection is most impressive, probably a result of its association with Harvard. The American Art collection are also fascinating. It includes many paintings by famous American painters like Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. Also in the collection are furniture pieces and metal craftworks made by early American artists and craftsmen. Since the majority of these lived in the New England area, the MFA's American Art collection may be unmatched elsewhere.
Special exhibits year-round bring further diversity. A recent one was the "Monet in the 20th Century" exhibit.
i love this art museum and can spend hours here! they have paintings, sculptures, textiles, pottery, jewelry, masks, furniture, etc. there is art from all over the world. they have so many exhibits it would take you a few days to see everything. they also have an ongoing film series and music concerts in the summertime. in the rear of the museum outside there is a japanese garden where you can relax and reflect on what you have seen in the museum.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Major exhibits include: paintings by French, Dutch and Italian masters (lots of Impressionist works, in particular!), 19th-century American paintings, Egyptian mummies and other funerary items, African statues and masks, and an extensive Asian collection (Chinese, Japanese, Indian...) Look for more photos in Travelogue #1... In the meantime, here is one of my favorite pieces -- GUAN YIN, goddess of compassion.
The Museum of Fine Arts is a very enjoyable experience which should keep the attention of ALL family members. My children used to love the Egyptian section. The Impressionists were also a favorite--they love to see how the dots give way to a beautiful picture when you step back.
Don't leave without experiencing the gift shop. It can be a good source for unusual gifts--we bought a Monet poster as a College graduation gift for their Aunt...it was a most unusual & appreciated gift!
Boston has one of America's premier art museums. The museum contains a large collection of antiquities and both American and European masters.
Museum of Fine Arts has Europe, Asian, and American art works. They also range from modern art to ancient. General;ly open 10-5 daily. Cost is $17 for adults and $15 senior.