Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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Neighbourhood: 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.
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  • Museum of Fine Arts • 3 min walk
  • Northeastern University • 5 min walk
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  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom6,854 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 April 2023
  • M M
    United States399 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 7 June 2023
  • dfb260
    Staunton, Virginia472 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 14 July 2023
  • Kayenne
    London, United Kingdom226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 23 July 2023
  • allthegirls2014
    Naples, Florida108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Stefano R
    Varese, Italy74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Marimiri
    Nicosia, Cyprus398 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • seekingcalm
    79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Cliff S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice way to spend a morning in Boston
    I went to Boston simply to see a baseball game at Fenway and was looking for other things to do while in Boston. MFA was a great choice for he first morning I was in Boston. Beautiful and interesting exhibits. A LOT to see and spread out over a fairly large area, so all of the visitors were not stacked on top of each other. I would definitely go again next time I'm in Boston!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Allison K
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic museum for art lovers of all kinds
    The MFA is very large. We were there for 3 hours and didn't finish the second floor. We didn't even get to the first floor! The second floor had the American and European impressionists (our favorites) - a wonderful and well curated collection. I highly recommend this museum for art lovers..we will be back to finish the second floor and see the first floor!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is a massive art museum with plenty of artifacts thrown in for good measure. We saw lots of Art of Ancient Greece, Rome, the Byzantine Empire, Dutch and Flemish Art, Egyptian Sculpture as well as American art. It was a good thing there were benches everywhere because the size of this place will wear you out. The Monet's are wonderful.
Written 10 April 2024
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
There is a shocking amount of colonial American art that was not at all to my interest - but they had some very tongue in cheek signs describing some of it. My favorite exhibits were their indigenous art, but I had to search for them (located in the basement and the top floor). Loved that you were encouraged to sit on *certain* pieces of art, appreciated the emphasis they tried to place on women artists - though all art museums still have a long way to go in that department. Spent a few hours there and enjoyed our time. Loved the Norval Morrisseau.
Written 9 April 2024
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Michael L
Watchung, NJ210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is one of the great art museums, up there with NYC Metropolitan and Art Institute of Chicago. Its collection is massive, including some world class masterpieces, such as Renoir's Dance at Bougival, some wonderful American pieces such as by John Singer Sargent, and a great Korean Art section with a charmingly curated mix of very old with surprisingly new. A must-visit for fans of art museums.

We were lucky to arrive while the Hallyu: the Korean Wave special exhibit (separate from the Korean Art section mentioned above) was still up. Especially fun for K-pop fans, fans of K-drama, K-cinema, Squid Game, the OG "hallway fight" from Oldboy, even K-fashion and K-care products and cosmetics. The gift shop sells Nongshim Ramen packets, lol! There's a K-pop dance challenge area. And a wall full of light sticks of various groups. Outside the exhibit there is a wall where visitors are encouraged to pin little colored notes or messages, and it was filled. Lots fun shout-outs and drawings with references to aspects of K-wave, some of them more obscure than others, all of it demonstrating how exciting Korean influence is for many.

We had a late lunch at the New American Cafe and that went very well. Will be reviewing that separately.
Written 7 April 2024
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Radames Kyl
Boston, MA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The place is very neat and clean, a lot of exhibitions from different eras, top 10 museums of the world, would gave it 5, but the parking was problematic
Written 6 April 2024
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Subin Mohan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A definite visit for Art and History lovers coming to explore Boston. It is one of the finest Museums in the United States. It houses priceless collection of art from renaissance painters and french impressionists. You can see collections from Rembrandt, Van Dycke, Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin, Renoir, Botticelli and many more. There is a room dedicated just to absorb yourself to Monet classics. The museum also has a small collection from ancient Egypt and medieval Europe and US. The staff is very courteous and helpful. The best part is that on somedays the museum is open all the way up to 10pm in the night. You can reach there by metro train which drops you just at the door step.
Written 30 March 2024
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Soabrevaya
Buenos Aires, Argentina430 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great art museum. It can be seemed complete in a couple of hours, but I guess it could be better enjoyed if you go on a tour of a specific part. The eating patio was great. The shop is good too.
Written 26 March 2024
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k4de
Amherst, MA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Went to see Hallyu! The Korean Wave exhibit with college student daughter. Exquisitely done. Terrific lunch at the cafe. Parking is way too expensive. Seriously.
Written 25 March 2024
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NYC Explorer
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Overall a very fine museum. However a couple recommendations. 1) plan your trip on days museum is open until 10pm for best value because it takes about 6-7 hours to cover all collections and you’ll want to take a meal break for 30-60 minutes to rest. 2) make sure to see any specific art when you arrive because I was greatly disappointed they close certain areas and collections after 5pm! They didn’t have enough staff or had events planned in the Greek sculpture gallery and Chinese Art galleries for evening private events! 3) find out if any galleries you want to see are closed before your trip; the Asian wing was mostly closed that had Chinese art on my trip! 3) plan your meal before 2pm as the cafeteria closes by 3. It offers more affordable better food options. 4) I would NOT recommend the upscale expensive American Cafe restaurant although it stays open later. They don’t offer any comfort food except a $20 cheeseburger. Their Coca-Cola was awful and flat tasting and overpriced at $8. I ordered the Iceberg wedge salad and paid extra for the salmon. About $30. The meal was adequate in portion. Not bad but not excellent. The bacon bits were rock hard to crack your teeth on. The salmon was excellent as was the dressing and blue cheese. Would have been better with cherry tomatoes rather than cheap radish slices. Don’t order dessert or coffee! The chocolate dessert looked amazing but tastes awful. Instead of mousse it tasted like the thick cheap Royale brand chocolate pudding with no chocolate flavor. The whipped cream was awful and the shortbread cookie that came with it was very bland. And very expensive at $13 for a dessert that wasn’t good at all, The cappuccino wasn’t very good either. Came with the same yucky taste whipped cream. The service was good. Very overpriced and mediocre food experience overall. Not even a flower on the table for the high price you pay.

Overall the artwork is worth seeing. This museum disappointed me as I expected much more in American colonial, period decorative arts like arts and crafts, deco, nouveau etc. What the museum did offer was choice premium selections so there was Tiffany glass, one piece of Frank Lloyd Wright, one art pottery vase etc. Highlights include Boston furnishings, Boston silver, Boston painting from 18th to 20th centuries. Some impressive 18-19th century European art. An impressive selection of European decorative arts. There is an exceptional gallery devoted to Monet. However I was shocked how neglected the other impressionists like Pissarro, Sisley, Renoir, Degas were placed in a hallway that was not well lighted. These were beautiful paintings and are another jewel in the museum crown and should have their own gallery. Most visitors walked by ignoring these important works because of their lack of placement. Another highlight was the Egyptian areas, the Greek and Roman art. The Korean art was beautifully displayed. Disappointed with Islamic art. The Chinese and Japan art was partially closed but there were some tacky artificial trees falling apart - it’s amazing how we remember the tacky displays most!! I would recommend going to the free admission Harvard Museum nearby in Cambridge to see outstanding Chinese and Japanese ancient art as the galleries are extremely impressive and breathtaking in layout, lighting and design. You don’t see that here at BFA. There was very little modernism in decorative arts but they did have a beautiful gallery for the Art Deco period with prime examples. But I expected more. This museum has a lot of art and yet it doesn’t rank as high in my opinion as the Met or the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is extremely expensive for admission and parking but it does offer amazing gallery displays, period rooms, a multitude of decorative arts and more memorable layouts. For example I did not see one Andy Warhol represented at BFA. The gift shop is beautiful but discriminates against middle class and poor demographics. The prices are outrageous and only for the very wealthy. There is nothing affordable in this shop. The price for food and beverage also discriminates against lower economic demographics making it impossible for a family to affordably visit what is supposed to be a public museum. Parking was $36 with no other options unless you take public transportation which is not easy for foreigners or tourists visiting. The museum could offer better signage throughout to guide visitors to important highlights, artwork, and sections. The staff was polite but not very friendly. This museum is definitely better than the National Gallery in Washington DC which is extremely dated in layout and design and neglect of placement of important works. I was also surprised there is no fashion gallery, no midcentury modern gallery for decorative arts, no modern art of note like Warhol, Nevelson, Koons and Pollock unless I missed it. I would recommend the BFA if you visit Boston and want to see a well renowned collection.
Written 24 March 2024
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Matthew M
Farmington, NY290 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 15 February 2024
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Miranda S
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 11 February 2024
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