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.
Really great museum. It's huge and has a ton of extremely important artwork so you have to plan if you want to see the highlights. It's impossible to see it all in one visit. The museum itself is really nice and the employees all help you find anything you need. Their rotating exhibits are also great as they get really important exhibits from all over the world. I love that they have a variety from very classical works to very modern works and they have something for everyone.
During my first visit to this museum, I took a free guided tour offered by knowledgeable personnel. The tour takes you into the museum's highlights and gives you a glimpse into some important artifacts that can be easily dismissed if no one is there to explain them to you. On my second visit there were specific exhibits that I wanted to see and it was easy to find them following the map. This museum sits on a beautiful location and has a diverse work of art. Also offers a variety of activities for all ages.
Incredible huge collection of art. I highly recommend buying the adult ticket through the museum so that you receive a ticket that allows for a return visit within 10 days. You will need a second visit. Trust me. The collection is overwhelming. I also recommend going on either a Thursday or Wednesday night a few hours before closing. Hardly anyone was around and I was able to see some of the more popular pieces from better vantage points.
Went as a chaperone for a field trip. I haven't been since I was a kid... So like 9 years ago. They have completely renovated the whole building into a work of art itself. Very organized with handling multiply field trips and it being fun free Friday I was very pleased. They made sure everyone had a fun and safe trip :)
An incredibly strong if at time confusingly diverse collection of antiquities, modern art, American folk art, impressionists -- and even great film. It's special shows can be amazing. Since there's such a wide-ranging set of things to do it's better to visit regularly versus try to digest it all in one visit. That's true to some extent for all cultural institutions but especially here where Egyptian artifacts and New England in the 18th Century are both great and steps away from each other.