07 Jul Boston Museum Of Fine Arts
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is one of the largest museums in the United States, home to over 450,000 works of art, making it one of the finest collections anywhere in the world.
Since opening in 1876 it has become renowned for its Impressionist paintings, multi continental collections and early American art.
The MFA has endured a tough time in recent years due to economic strains but it has continued to prosper.
In 2011, the museum put eight paintings by different artists including Monet and Renoir on sale, earning a total of $21.6 million, $15 million of which was then used to pay for Man at His Bath by Gustave Caillebotte, showing that despite all obstacles it can still attract the finest art from around the globe.
The museum has various other attractions to coincide with their exhibitions including tours, lectures and classes in things such as drawing, film and music. Don’t forget to hire an audio guide for $6 to allow you to explore the wonder of the MFA at your own pace and to become immersed in the history of the art presented before you.
From the South take I-93 North to exit 18 Mass. Avenue/Roxbury. Follow the signs along the exit ramp for Mass. Avenue, but continue straight on Melnea Cass Boulevard for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Tremont Street, and at the second set of traffic lights turn right onto Ruggles Street. Continue on Ruggles Street, turning right onto The Fenway, and take the next immediate right onto Museum Road to the parking areas.
Prices for adults are $25 while seniors (65+) and students (18+) can avail of a discounted rate of $23. Youths (7-17) can gain free admission if after 3pm or on weekends. Otherwise a $10 entry fee will apply.
The museum is open seven days a week. Opening hours for Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday are 10am-4.45pm. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday opening hours are 10am-9.45pm.