Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Tours
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Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) houses one of the world’s most comprehensive art collections, with nearly 450,000 works ranging from ancient Egyptian sculptures to contemporary masterpieces. With more than 1 million yearly visitors, the MFA is a true Boston highlight and must-see attraction for art lovers and first-time city travelers.
Visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts can admire works from around the globe, including one of the richest Edgar Degas collections in the world and a 13-foot-tall (4-meter-tall) statue of the Roman goddess Juno—the largest Roman-era statue in North America. Other highlights include the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art and the Art of the Americas wing, which contains four levels of American art ranging from ancient artifacts to modern installations.
To gain insight into the museum’s vast collection, stroll through the galleries on a small-group tour and benefit from the knowledge of an art historian guide. Or, visit independently with a Go Boston Card or Boston Explorer Pass—both of which include admission to the MFA along with visits to such city highlights as the Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and Fenway Park.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Four on-site restaurants offer a range of options, including a family-friendly cafeteria and a gourmet dining spot.
- Guided tours are included in admission and offered daily.
- Two free coat check rooms are located on the ground floor.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible; wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to Get There
The museum is located on Huntington Avenue in downtown Boston, just south of Kenmore Square. Visitor parking is available for a fee but can fill up quickly during popular exhibitions, holidays, and school vacation weeks. During these times, take advantage of the museum’s valet parking or take the subway (or “T”) to the Museum of Fine Arts stop, located directly in front of the building.
When to Get There
The MFA is open daily year-round, and is busiest on weekends and holidays. Opt for an early morning or weekday visit to avoid crowds. A late-night visit is also a good option—the museum is open until 10pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Exploring the Museum
From the art of the ancient world to impressionist masterpieces, the MFA’s treasure trove of artwork spans many centuries of human history. Museum highlights include the largest collection of Monet paintings outside of Paris, numerous works by American painter John Singer Sargent, Asian and African collections, Japanese art, and a large collection of musical instruments.
Address: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
Hours: Monday–Tuesday, Saturday–Sunday: 10am–5pm. Wednesday–Friday 10am–10pm
Admission: Adults: US$25
7 Tours and Activities to Experience Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with the Go Boston Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, almost 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
See more of Boston for one low price by purchasing the Boston Explorer Pass. Save big off regular prices as you get admission to your choice of three, four or five Boston attractions, picking among top city highlights like a Fenway Park Tour, USS Constitution Cruise, Freedom Trail Walking Tour, and much more. An included guidebook helps design the perfect itinerary. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
See all Boston's most important sights in a four hour, private, guided city tour, in a comfortable luxury vehicle. If you value, time, privacy, comfort and would like to have a good overview of the city of Boston at your own convenience and pace, we are the right choice for you. We will drive by or stop and wait at the sights you are most interested in. Our tour is totally customizable and our priority is to please you, not keep a schedule.
Our Boston Walk Through History Tour will take you to the most historic spots in Boston in one day. If you are looking for a bit of delicious food, some great photos, and a ton of American History, then this is the tour for you. The morning will start with meeting with your friendly local guide. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking through Boston and exploring the most historic landmarks in Boston. ==== Full schedule 9:00 AM- Meet your guide Park Street Station 9:15 AM- Arrive at Boston Common 9:30 AM- Arrive at Massachusetts State House 10:00 AM- Granary Burying Ground 10:20 AM- Mesmerizing Kings Chapel 10:45 AM- Learn about the Old South Meeting House 12:00 PM- Boston Massacre Site 12:15 PM- Lunch! 1:00 PM- Faneuil Hall Marketplace 1:30 PM- Go to Paul Revere's House 1:50 PM- The Old North Church 2:30 PM- Walk along Griffin’s Wharf 3:00 PM- Get dropped off by your guide at the Boston South Station
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Discover Boston’s fall beauty on this guided, 4-hour, small-group bike tour around the North End of the city. Explore the historic Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline. Visit the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue, the shores of Jamaica Pond, and the popular, winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Also, see the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s newest public park; the famous Charles River Esplanade; the Boston Common and Public Garden and much more.
The Boston Fall Foliage bike tour is an amazing way to see Boston’s most famous spaces with their Autumn leaves - you may forget you are in the heart of the city! Discover Frederick Law Olmsted’s famous system of parks on this bicycle tour of the historic Emerald Necklace. From the boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue to the popular shores of Jamaica Pond to the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum, this route is a fabulous way to experience Boston's park system. The route is a favorite among locals! The parks are gorgeous any time of the year, but the foliage peaks in color between mid October and early November. This tour is up to 4 hours long and covers at least 15 miles, with several hills. Riders must be comfortable spending that much time on a bike and covering that distance. This ride covers many hidden gems in Boston.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hours of operation?
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hours of operation: Monday–Tuesday, Saturday–Sunday: 10am–5pm. Wednesday–Friday 10am–10pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Museum of Fine Arts, Boston?
The best ways to experience Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are:
- Boston City view Bicycle Tour
- Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass
- Go Boston Explorer City Pass: Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
- Boston Private City Tour
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