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.
I've been going to the MFA for over 50 years. You'd think I'd have seen it all, the classics, the periods, the civilizations. In the countless treks, surprise has always been a factor. Lately, I've found myself noticing other patrons and their reactions. It reminds me of my first encounter when our friendship was formed. For the novice, I would suggest a tour. Though rambling room to room has its merits. Do yourself a favor. Take the time. You won't regret it. I never have.
Love this museum! Each visit discovering something new! Wonderfully informed docents! Interesting tidbits on their free tours! Museum Admission of $25 includes another complimentary visit within 10 days! Taxis readily available at entrance!
We did not have a good experience. We tried to follow an audio highlights tour and found it extremely difficult to find the items on the tour. The galleries are not marked well. They could solve this problem with better signage leading guests through the tour or at least clear gallery numbers posted at every doorway. It also wasn't clear why they had picked these 12 pieces to be the top highlights of the whole museum. The bones of a good museum are there, but they need to make it more friendly for visitors.
A must- visit for visitors or locals. The new-wing of the mfa is a particular favorite. As are the excellently programmed musical performances and event nights. If you are a college student I believe you get free admission, and there is a Wednesday night free admission event as well. Parking is on site in their pay lot, as well as a garage for the museum across museum road, and good amounts of metered parking on the street in this area.
A truly world class museum. My wife and I have been members for decades and hope to have a membership for several more. There is always something to spend a few hours seeing. Great restaurants and shopping too.
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