One of the most renowned art institutions in the world, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston holds the city’s greatest collection of historic artwork and hosts a praiseworthy exhibition series for an ever-changing visiting experience. Located in the Back Bay along Huntington Avenue in Boston’s vibrant Fenway neighborhood, the MFA is a must-see for any art lover in town.
The impressive Beaux Arts and neoclassical granite building has a pillared entryway, massive rotunda, and larger-than-life sculptures scattered about the surrounding lawn. Through its front doors, the institution is broken into wings organizing the museum’s vast collections from around the world.
The Museum of Fine Arts showcases 18th- and 19th-century American works from the likes of John Singleton Copley, John Singer Sargent, and Winsler Homer, as well as the world’s largest collection of Japanese art outside of Japan—you’ll recognize many of the works by Katsushika Hokusai, including his famous Under the Wave off Kanagawa, or the Great Wave. In the European galleries, see works by all the great Masters, and in the Egyptian and antiquities rooms, marvel at ancient sarcophagi and Grecian friezes.
Like with permanent works, the MFA’s curated rotating exhibitions are among the best in the world. Recent shows devoted to artists like Goya, Degas and Renoir consistently earn critical (and popular) acclaim. Over There! Posters from World War 1, for example, displayed iconic wartime propaganda, including the now ubiquitous pointing Uncle Sam saying, “I Want You,” along with similar ads from Britain, France, Germany, and Russia.
To learn what’s currently on display, check out the Museum of Fine Arts exhibition page here. For more information on admittance, where students get in free, membership, events, and more, explore the rest of the MFA website here.