Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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 your visit to Museum of Fine Arts and discover more family-friendly attractions in Boston using our Boston tour builder tool .
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  • October 4, 2017
    This museum has a remarkable Impressionist collection (one room is especially dedicated to Claude Monet) and a dazzling collection of Asian art (prints, statuary, pottery...) without forgetting the wealth of its American art Fund) Sargent, Cassatt, Pollock...). Tip: Do not overlook this high place of the art!
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  • October 4, 2017
    This museum is easily accessible by public transportation with only a short walk from the subway station. For car drivers, there is a reasonable parking setup with valet parking offered. The museum ha...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Coming from Europe we wanted to see American art rather than what we can see at home, so thoroughly enjoyed Art of the Americas & the Inuit exhibition. The galleries have plenty of space for circulati...  more »
  • June 5, 2017
    I have been to quite a few art museums in my years and this may be one of my favorites. Didn't expect to see so many of my very favorite artists in one collection. Lots and lots of art. Seems to change up art on a pretty regularly basis. Great atmosphere and leaves you feeling inspired. Pretty well organized, but a bit hard to get around. If you have small kids you may lose them.
  • July 6, 2017
    I traveled 350 miles round-trip to go to see the Botticelli exhibit today. I brought my son along also an avid art student from Cooper Union for the Arts. The way that we were treated is unconscionable. From the beginning of when we went into the entrance and we're stopped by the security gard which was right next to the parking lot to the three security personnel who profiled my son a professional artist and demanded that he surrender his personal gear. Demanded that he check it into the coat check when the coat check staff knew that he was going on to the free art class that is held on Wednesday nights and had all his supplies in them. And they said it was okay, Yet to be stopped by two additional security personnel I was in tears by the time I got home. It was a terrible experience and it was definitely a profiling example. We saw many others who had large bags, backpacks, purses I took pictures. And at no point on entering the museum did anyone state that they were not allowed. We purchased our tickets online, no mention that there was a problem. Can you imagine having anyone tell you how you can't put your purse on two shoulders but they thought they had that right. They thought that because they could intimidate, that they would be able to. I think it's awful. I will never go there again and nor would I recommend anyone else go there again. In addition to that, not only were there not enough staff for the amount of people. Many times you couldn't find a single person to ask a question . The added price that you pay for a brochure or guide, the electronic technology I got to use it for about 2 hours and I had to turn mine in because it was no battery left in it. So I did find my way back to the additional original place where I got it in order to get another one. And then the end of the time that we were there, there was no one at that desk and I wound up going halfway through the museum again to drop it off because no one would take it in the interim! What kind of customer service is that? And speaking of customers, who puts one deli worker in the very fast pace coffee shop near the book store to handle hundreds of people in line? There is mismanagement at this particular Museum and it needs to stop. They are making tons of money on you going in there and there is no excuse for them not to have top personnel, individuals who will answer questions for you in places The most frequent thing that I heard throughout the four hours I was there was "how do I get out of here, I'm not sure where I came in and there's nobody to ask?" And about the free modeling classes which they held they were overwhelmed they couldn't keep up they weren't ready they didn't have chairs for the people they didn't explain what was going on people were coming in they had no idea that they could sketch ice told several other people that the all they had to do is go and get the paper and the clipboard and a pencils are all right there but nobody was giving that information out to the General Public. So if you don't mind wasting your money getting frustrated and not enjoying what you thought you would because you'd been there before and you expected it to be similar, then go ahead visit. Otherwise do something else something far different something far more enjoyable and stay away from here.
  • June 4, 2017
    Have seen so many wonderful exhibits here! Love the impressionists room. I visit every time I'm in Boston and I still can't explore all that is has to offer! My favorite museum! If you love art it's a must if you're in Boston!
  • June 16, 2017
    Fantastic museum, always clean and quiet, staff members are helpful and maps are readily available, which is good because the place is pretty big. They have their own parking lot but there's also a green line T-stop right outside that's very convenient (fare is under $3 per ride). For college students there's an extensive list of schools that get in for free.
  • June 18, 2017
    The special exhibit we saw today, of Botticelli and Lippi, was surpassing. We had seen a Matisse exhibit on an earlier visit. The Matisse is a curatorial triumph, showing how the artist transformed everyday objects and artifacts that he had collected, when he incorporated them into his works. The permanent exhibits are also astounding. There's everything from Islamic glass lanterns, to Dutch and Italian old Masters, to the superlative collection of French impressionists. That's not too mention fabulous East Asian, particularly Japanese works. Oh, and an extensive collection of early American painters (Copley preeminent among them) and furniture makers. I'm leaving out a ton of other things you could spend a lifetime of repeated visits taking in.

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