Founded in 1870 and expanded several times since, the MFA possesses an exceptional collection of American Art with a special concentration of Boston’s own, including John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer and Fitz Henry Lane. The impressionists are well represented, as are collections of European decorative arts, dating from the 17th Century. Of particular note: the 42-foot-tall glass sculpture, Lime Green Icicle Tower, by critically acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly, mesmerizes in the courtyard.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is such a fabulous place to visit! My family and I spent a fabulous afternoon wandering among the various galleries. Our favorites were the Art of the Americas and the Egyptian galleries. The portraits from the Revolutionary War were spectacular as many family members are fans of the era. We marveled at the Egyptian exhibits with the sarcophagi and hieroglyphics and wished we could translate all of the markings. I always enjoy the European masters, especially John Singer Sergeant. The family was very impressed with the quality as well as the quantity of art available for viewing. We were also glad to discover that teachers in the Boston school system may attend free of charge, so that will certainly encourage many more visits.
A great museum, plenty of space to move around in and seating when you need a break. There are a few different dining options from cafeteria to fancy looking restaurant. I've often been with kids that weren't excited to go but ended up loving it. The ancient Egypt/Rome/Greece sections always seem to be a favorite. They're mine, too! Kiddos are free during school hours and voluntary admission/donation for everyone on Wednesday nights. * Accessibility: Outside ramp, inside elevators.
I absolutely love this spot. I like to come walk around to take study breaks or just when I need to get away for a little while. If you are a student here at one of the bigger universities you can probably get in for free. I have lived here for a few years and every time I go back I still feel like there's more to see. You could wander around for hours. The courtyard is really great for sitting out when the weather is nice and they do some really awesome events sometimes. Highly highly recommend.
Phenomenal museum! Great collections, awesome building (and huge!), and when you buy a ticket you can come back for free within ten days of when you purchased it. I was also really impressed by the quality of their temporary exhibits. It's also very easy to get to by public transportation. Highly recommended.
I love this place! It is much bigger than it seems and you will need more than one day to see it all. It's awe inspiring. There is so much diversity there is something for everyone for sure! I've never been one of art museums but this one has so much history, it should be noted in the name. Beautiful facility. Great date spot. A must see for Boston visitors.