One of the largest and best museums in Boston is the Museum of Fine Arts, which is most often referred to simply as the MFA. Here are ten reasons why we and everybody else loves it:
At the MFA, guests can explore art and artifacts from every continent of the world and time periods ranging from 6500 BC to the present. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and much, much more.
Relive thousands of years of history with this remarkably well-preserved collection of ancient artifacts dating back nearly 10,000 years. As the only substantial collection of ancient art and relics in New England, the MFA offers brilliant sights like the Head of Tutankhamen from 1336 BC and a well-preserved statuette of Aphrodite from 100 BC.
Museum guests fond of music will appreciate the MFA’s collection of over 1,100 instruments from Europe and the United States, as well as numerous pieces from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. Guests are even able to see live demonstrations of some of the instruments at programs like “The Harpsichord in 18th-Century France” and “The Lyra: Traditional Fiddle of Greece”.
The MFA is home to four different dining venues. Whether you are in the mood for a sophisticated dining experience at Bravo restaurant with a cocoa and coffee rubbed venison leg or just a simple burger at the Garden Cafeteria, guests need not leave the museum to refuel.
Especially fond of a particular exhibit in the Museum? The MFA’s three shops are filled with thousands of exhibit-relevant souvenirs from books to jewelry to toys for the museum’s younger guests.
Want to learn how to create artwork like the virtuosos featured at the MFA? You’re in luck! Studio art classes focused on painting and sculpting are offered for guests of all ages, and adults can even learn how to carve stone.
The MFA’s Historic Expansion
The MFA is bigger and better than ever! In the past five years the museum has gone through several stages of renovation and expansion. After adding the Art of the Americas wing in 2010, the MFA’s net square footage has increased by more than 130,000 square feet bringing in plenty of new works with it.
The MFA is one of the first encyclopedic museums in the US to fully integrate performance art into its collection, exhibitions, and programs. The current exhibition is “Marilyn Arsem: 100 Ways to Consider Time”. For six hours a day, for straight 100 days, Arsem offers an abstract performance to the Museum as an “invitation to pause and experience the present moment, providing a temporary respite to the frenetic pace of our modern lives.”
Though many of the collections in the MFA remain mostly unchanged throughout the year, new temporary exhibitions are constantly being introduced, allowing returning guests to have new experiences each time.
Current works showing at the MFA include “Kenneth Paul Block Illustrations”, arguably the most important fashion illustrator of the second half of the 20th century, and “Landscape: abstracted”, a contemporary take on landscape art.
On Wednesdays after 4 PM, admission is by voluntary contribution, meaning that guests can pay as much or as little as they want to enter.
The MFA is located at 465 Huntington Avenue, less than 3.5 miles from the Boxer Boston Hotel.