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Museum of Fine Arts

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Museum of Fine Arts.

Museum of Fine Arts features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Boston City Guide3-day Boston City Guide5-day Boston City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • One of the largest museums in the United States
  • Over one million visitors annually
  • Just opened its new Art of the Americas wing, and will add more sections throughout 2011

Time required: 105 minutes

Phone: +1-617-267-9300

Web site:

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Monday and Tuesday : 10am - 4:45pm
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 9:45pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 4:45pm
Dec 24, Dec 31: 10am - 4:45pm
Thanksgiving, Dec 25, Jan 1: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: 20 $
Seniors, Students (18 and older): 18 $
Youths 7-17: 7.5 $
Youths 6 and under: Free

Public transport:

  • Subway Green Line: Museum of Fine Arts

Address: 465 Huntingon Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts - USA

Things you need to know:

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, commonly referred to as the MFA, is one of the most comprehensive art collections in the world, containing nearly 450,000 works of art
  • The MFA opened on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. At the time, the museum was located in Copley Square, and held 5,600 works of art. As the museum grew rapidly, it moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue in 1909
  • Some highlights of the MFA's collection include Egyptian artifacts, French impressionist and post-impressionist works, 18th- and 19th-century American art, Chinese art, the largest museum collection of Japanese works under one roof outside of Japan, and art, musical instruments, and textiles from all other regions of the world

What to do there:

  • First, allow plenty of time! It's a big museum, so go over the map to figure out which sections appeal to you most and head there first
  • Take a break in one of the many cafes, or the great gift shop (on the 1st floor)
  • Take an even more relaxing break in the Japanese Garden
  • Consider coming back for another visit within ten days - it's free to you, and you'll probably have the reserves to check out the second half of this extensive collection

Tips & Insights:

  • Admission to the museum is charged at most times, with some exceptions you'd probably appreciate knowing about - it's by donation on Wednesdays after 4pm, it's free for nearby university students as well as children under 17 (except during school hours), and is free the first full weekend of each month for Bank of America cardholders
  • Admission includes a free repeat visit within ten days
  • The museum is open late (until 9:45pm) on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Museum of Fine Arts features in these preplanned City Guides: