With installations of art ranging from ancient to modern, the MFA holds pieces geographically spanning Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Americas, and Europe; there’s indeed something for everyone. Not only is the permanent collection strong, but its rotating exhibits in the past have offered, and continue to provide, an enormous range of artists and movements: from Ansel Adams to David Hockney, from a special 2007 Summer of Love collection to a richly represented Facets of Cubism in 2005.
The MFA’s permanent collection and its rotating exhibition strengths are likewise matched in its various programs, particularly the film niche. With its annual culturally telling exhibit the Best British Commercials and a likewise yearly Boston Palestine Film Festival, the museum provides an ongoing look into the connections between art, its ever-changing place within society, and its lasting impacts.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts Information
- Public Transportation: Good (convenient to MBTA subway Orange Line and local buses)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Monday–Tuesday 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m., Wednesday–Friday 10 a.m.–9:45 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
- Admission: $17, students and seniors 18+ $15, youths (7–17) $6.50 (admitted free on weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends, and public-school holidays), Boston-area college students free ($8 special-exhibition tickets). General admission includes one free repeat visit to the MFA’s collections within 10 days
- Free Day: Wednesdays, 4–9:45 p.m.
- Tours: Free guided tours and gallery talks
- Audio Tour: Members $5, nonmembers $6, youths (7–17) $4
- Membership: Individual membership is $55–$100 and includes members-only previews to major exhibitions, 15% discounts at all museum dining venues, discounts on parking, lectures, concerts, and museum-store purchases, Preview (the MFA members’ magazine), access to the members’ room to relax, read, or meet friends, monthly member news email with museum updates
- Other Benefits: Supporting members ($750) receive reciprocal membership at 21 major art museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.