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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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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. Arrange to visit Museum of Fine Arts and other attractions in Boston using our Boston tour planner.
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  • Don`t miss the Chihully in the main lobby and the new wing holding the American collection. Something for everyone. 
  • If you are visiting Boston, or are a local who has the slightest interest in beautiful things, Do Not Miss This Museum. It has its drawbacks: parking is obscenely expensive, admission is a good $25 fo...  more »
  • Went to see the special William Merritt Chase exhibit. It was great to see an artist I wasn't familiar with. The exhibit was easy to follow and understand the artist. Also saw the Robert McCloskey "Ma...  more »
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  • This is a great museum with lots of beautiful art. My favorite part was all of the classic paintings. The museum itself is huge! The organization is well laid out, but don't be afraid to ask someone to point you in the right direction. There was a long line to check in, but it moved very fast. Staff is very friendly and location is very convenient. Overall, very impressed and hope to make it back soon.
  • I was coerced into going, however, I found the museum enjoyable. This place is absolutely huge with 2 full floors and 2 more smaller spaces on separate floors of art, decorum, and various other objects or artifacts. The museum is broken up into types of art such as contemporary as well as regional: Asian, Americas, European etc. There are many rotation exhibits and paintings so what I saw may be gone next month. You can easily spend a few hours in here just walking through and glancing at the art as I did. If you actually stop to look at each piece and read about it you are very likely to need the whole day. Price is rather steep at $50 but you do get a lot of artifacts and paintings out of that. Note that members are free. There is a gift shop up front with a vast array of gift options that I recommend checking out. Don't miss the small Japanese sand garden out back.
  • Incredibly beautiful building, layout and collection from around the world. Worth many visits for the art lover. A great way for family to do something together. A group of friends or my favorite alone. World class for sure.
  • I was not expecting much. I was blown away. They have works of art from many masters, beautifully displayed. So many gorgeous works of art. The collection of ancient art was jaw dropping. The collection from American Masters is great as well.
  • It had been too long since my last visit, over a decade ago. Bowled over by the extensive expansion and offering. Initially put off by the $25 admission fee (I couldn't wait until 4pm for the complimentary entrance). But the impressive range and quality of fine and contemporary artwork on display assuaged that. I did become disoriented, and the complimentary map didn't help. Perhaps the larger building and/or my failing memory were to blame. But there are stewards throughout to assist you. The temporary Mega Cities Asia exhibition is high quality, as is the #TechStyle (which explores the weave between fashion and technology). I expected a greater impact from the exhibition, Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso -- it was informative, but wished it was more grand. For me, this revisit was personal, as my first visit here 30 years ago left indelible marks. Those responsible for the expansion are to be commended, as the superlative quality has been retained. I left with new, positive memories formed.