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.
How to get there
  • Museum of Fine Arts • 3 min walk
  • Northeastern University • 5 min walk
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  • M M
    United States381 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 June 7, 2023
  • dfb260
    Staunton, Virginia466 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 July 14, 2023
  • Kayenne
    London, United Kingdom224 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 July 23, 2023
  • allthegirls2014
    Naples, Florida101 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 July 24, 2023
  • Stefano R
    Varese, Italy71 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 August 10, 2023
  • Marimiri
    Nicosia, Cyprus417 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 August 14, 2023
  • seekingcalm
    74 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 August 23, 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 August 24, 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 August 26, 2023
  • Bogdan2005
    Bucharest, Romania473 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful art museum
    We spent half a day at this museum and it was very nice. The building and the exposition space are worth a visit in themselves. The museum has a very diverse collection, from ancient art to reconstruction of 19th century american houses interiors, sculptures and paintings, all very good. Few rooms are dedicated to the European Impressionists (excellent paintings) but what I loved most were the few rooms dedicated to the American impressionists such as William Chase, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Frederic Porter Vinton, Frank Benson, Carl Frieseke, Charles Pearce and, especially, John Singer Sargent.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
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Hale F
Oxford, MS452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It takes at least three hours to do this justice. We did not have reservations and you can show up and get in with the quick ticketing. With such a big crowd getting in, I thought it would be crowded in the galleries but it wasn't, even at the renowned paintings. If you like French impressionists the museum has an extensive collection, especially Monet, and many others. The African and modern art sections were interesting. We only saw a fraction
Written May 5, 2024
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Lauren T
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
So much to see! Displays were well organized to be educational and eye-catching. Wish we hadn’t been hungry and tired because we would’ve liked to have stayed longer. We were there for a couple of hours but, I feel like there was still more to see. You could spend at least half a day here, I think.
Written May 1, 2024
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Dawn G
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I was sceptical about visiting the museum because I am not very knowledgeable about art history but I loved this museum. Spent about 4 hours there and still did not see the whole thing. Everything from Monet, Degas, Rembrandt... Roman and Greek statuary, Early American furnishings and art... and mummies! Something for everyone!!
Written April 26, 2024
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AlexandraPR_1961
Roseville, MN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous collection of Dutch and Flemish masters, as well as the impressionist. And, most important, a magnificent collection of Egyptian and Mesopotamian/Babilonian arts. We also found a rare collection of musical instruments from the 14, 15 and 16 centuries A. C. Simply delightfull. We spent three happy hours walking around the different expositions in the museum.
Written April 18, 2024
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631BarbaraM
Inwood, WV206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
No question one of the great museums in the USA as well as in the world. However, does not offer seniors or those on a fixed income a reduced price to enjoy the museum. That’s a shame. Many older folks cannot afford $27 for the entry fee.
Written April 17, 2024
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH270 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 April 10, 2024
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,717 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 April 9, 2024
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Michael L
Watchung, NJ204 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 April 7, 2024
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Radames Kyl
Boston, MA11 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 April 6, 2024
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Subin Mohan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates227 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 March 30, 2024
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