Boston's oldest cultural institution, Museum of Fine Arts is noted for its collection of French Impressionist paintings, including more works by Monet than any other museum or gallery outside of Paris. The museum also houses a vast collection of Egyptian, ancient Greek, and Roman art. The galleries displaying American works include paintings of famous historical figures, such as George Washington, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere. In addition to works by the great European artists Gauguin, Renoir, Degas, and van Gogh, you can also see examples of some of the finest works produced by Americans John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent. Be sure to leave a little time for exhibits of medieval sculpture and tapestries, as well as for displays of Chinese calligraphy and Japanese pottery. Use our Boston tour builder tool to add Museum of Fine Arts and other attractions to your Boston vacation plans.
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Great museum with some amazing works and a beautiful building. Easy to get to via public transport. Nice to have the cafeteria in the basement to skip the restaurant lines.
Great museum with some amazing works and a beautiful building. Easy to get to via public transport. Nice to have the cafeteria in the basement to skip the restaurant lines. more »
Fabulous collection of Egyptian art. Went for special exhibit of Life Magazine photography. Several favorites there. Great collection of Greek and Roman as well as Mesa American. Only got through...
Fabulous collection of Egyptian art. Went for special exhibit of Life Magazine photography. Several favorites there. Great collection of Greek and Roman as well as Mesa American. Only got through... more »
I haven’t been to the MFA since 2010, so I was excited to go. We went on a Sunday of a holiday weekend and got there a little after opening. If you don’t mind holding your coat, you can skip the long coat check line. I recommend checking out the Asian and Middle Eastern galleries on the first floor before going upstairs as these galleries are far less crowded and you can meander through, not to mention of course, the beautiful art. We read most of the descriptions before heading upstairs. The impressionist wing was packed - elbow-to-elbow and yes, people are required to wear masks, but who wants to read a description with someone right at their hip? There’s no flash photography. I enjoyed the Monet gallery very much, which was also packed. Backpacks are allowed and there’s parking $$. I opted to take the commuter rail in so I could be car free. It was a lovely experience and I know I’ll be back. ❤️
Huge art museum with an array of styles. Came here during the first weekend of the month, as they participate in Bank of America’s Museums on Us, so we got free entry as a result of being cardholders. There is public transportation line with the museum as a stop, but it also was a nice walk to get here from our hotel. Masks were recommended but not required. There is a cafe inside if you need food. You can easily spend an entire day here looking through all the exhibits. We spent an afternoon until the museum closed at 5, and I wish we were able to spend more time. No flash photography. There were water bottle refilling stations by restrooms. Coat check is available. You’re in for a good time here.
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