Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Hours, Address, Museum of Fine Arts Reviews: 5/5

Museum of Fine Arts
5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
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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.
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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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massimarafon
Milan, Italy13 contributions
no reduction for the disabled who, having a few hours of autonomy away from home, are forced to go several times paying a very expensive ticket ... uncivilized and inhumane
Written 7 August 2022
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theuncle2018
Scottsdale, AZ218 contributions
One of the better museums in the USA with something for everyone. If I had one complaint, it would be that its a little expensive. We only had about 2 hours and you really could spend several days looking at everything. In particular they have a fantastic section of French impressionists. Generally speaking the collection spans virtually all categories of culture and arts from early Persia, the Greeks, Egyptians and everything in between. It contains a truly wonderful American collection that shows all of the great civilizations from the last 3,000 years.
Written 1 August 2022
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Jackie Q
New York City, NY15 contributions
Family
As a disclaimer, I am neither White nor male nor Conservative but I could see how some of the exhibits could be off-putting to someone in any of these categories. While taking my young children through the exhibits, I was shocked to see that some of the descriptions seem to be advancing an agenda of being divisive rather than just being descriptive or educational. E.g., a reference to the museum trying to right the wrong of White supremacists in the Greco-Roman statue exhibit. I also thought it was strange that only books about children with same-sex parents were on display in the bookshop (I mean, I get it if it was still Pride month and they were highlighting that). The bathrooms are also very confusing - “Women - Self Identifying”, “Gender-Neutral”. I’m all for being inclusive but to complicate the bathroom issue is just pandering at that point when you have to think about which of the 6 bathrooms to go into when you really need to pee.
Written 1 August 2022
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Christina04
Pleasanton, CA109 contributions
I don't quite understand all of the good reviews. I was there with my 13 and 15 year olds. They don't usually love museums - but all 3 of us agreed that we paid way too much money to have so little to enjoy. They have a lot of historical artifacts and dark paintings - we like the impressionist style that is more bright and fun. This place was a downer. And it's expensive.
Written 30 July 2022
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Traveller Kate 88
Copenhagen, Denmark214 contributions
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts seems rather embarrassed by its many classic paintings of deceased pale people. It tries to put them in context, sometimes successfully - explaining how the mahogany tables in many early American portraits came from wood cut down by exploited workers - and sometimes very badly. The lovely John Singer Sargent collection is ruined by an ugly plaque near the end (next to a very good portrait by Kehinde Wiley) suggesting without annotation that Sargent and all his friends were racists. What? Why? Really uncalled for. The Wiley on its own would have been a great comment on the evolution of American portraiture.

Some good individual pieces in this museum, but I didn't come away with a good overall impression. Also would have liked to see more of their supposedly extensive photography collection.

Written 25 July 2022
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Natalie
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Family
We had an absolutely fantastic experience!! The staff was incredibly helpful when assisting us in how to navigate the museum. And the exhibits were super engaging!! Especially Egypt- 5/5 for sure!
Written 23 July 2022
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judilater
Los Angeles, CA11 contributions
The museum is huge, so pick out beforehand what you'll want to see. I go for the Mary Cassatt paintings and the silver. The "T" goes right to the museum, and the Gardner museum is just around the corner and down a couple of blocks. Be careful if you're thinking about having lunch at the MFA---the waiting line can be 50 people long.
Written 20 July 2022
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AVFA
Oxford, UK390 contributions
Couples
Wide range of art pieces from around the world, from African, Asian and European artists. Very easy to get around. Lighting is not very good for viewing the European artists.
Written 20 July 2022
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DCC
Pasig, Philippines77 contributions
We had nothing to do for the day and decided to visit the museum, among others in and around Boston. If you love arts, do go. It is really worth it.
Written 12 July 2022
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LAFFSTOP
Mission Viejo, CA209 contributions
In a city where history lives on every block, the Museum of Fine Arts ties the city's different eras together.

In addition, artworks from, across the world have found their way into the museum's showcases. From ancient Egyptian pharaoh's tombs to modern French Impressionism, the museum is laid for easy walking.
Written 24 June 2022
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  • Sat - Mon 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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