While there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in the summer in Boston, a day at the museum is a perfect way to get some shade and escape the heat for a few hours. Here are five exhibits we’re excited about this summer.

Reverie: Christopher Wilmarth, Before and After Mallarmé, Harvard Art Museum
Now- August 13th, 2017

This exhibition features works that are illustrative interpretations of the poems of Stéphane Mallarmé, a French symbolist. Don’t miss this fascinating exploration of the relationship between words and images. For more detail, visit the website.

Nari Ward: Sunsplashed, ICA
Now- September 4th, 2017

Centered around unique, unconventional materials, Nari Ward explores his homeland of Jamaica, political themes, power structures, and ideas on citizenship in this exhibit. War utilizes photography, sculpture, and other art forms made from objects collected from the communities he features. See further details here.

Listen Hear: The Art of Sound, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Now-September 5th, 2017

Running through the fall, this exhibition is a unique take on the role of sound in our lives. Seven works make up the exhibit, featuring Luxembourgian, Swiss, German and Taiwanese artists, among others. This exhibits explores music, sounds of the city, human sounds and other noises that impact our daily lives. More details here.

The Many Faces of Mental Health, Museum of Science
May 27 – June 30, 2017

Merging art and science, this exhibit features many different art forms exploring the world of mental health—paintings, videos, sculptures, and photography. The project also displays portraits of dozens of individuals diagnosed with either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Information on tickets here.

China’s 8 Broken Puzzles of the Treasured Past, MFA
June 17th-October 29th 2017

Housed at the Museum of Fine Arts beginning June 17th, this exhibit is the first of its kind, displaying a technique called bapo painting that was created during the 1800s in China. Learn about the significance of the number eight in Chinese culture and this unique art form. For more information about the exhibit, click here.