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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The MFA is one of the world’s great art museums with the finest collection of Monets outside of Paris, treasures from Egypt and the ancient world, and a collection of Asian art unrivaled in the Western world. On display in the Art of the Americas Wing are 5,000 glorious examples of art, including the iconic silver Liberty Bowl by Paul Revere.
General admission to all permanent and special exhibits featuring masterpieces of art from around the world and across the ages.
Avenue of the Arts
Closed New Year's Day, Patriot's Day (3rd Monday in April), Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at ticket desk of any entrance to exchange for an admission ticket.
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Selections from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection
Open through May 10, 2015
Jean and Fred Sharf have contributed a wide range of works to numerous collections at the museum over the years, but one theme does run through their collection: transportation. Fred, whose energy is legendary and who is always on the move, has forever been fascinated by the great speeding up of life that occurred in the middle decades of the 20th century. Planes, trains, and, most of all, automobiles, appear over and over again in the collection, as Fred has sought to capture the excitement that accompanied the simple act of getting from one place to another at mid-century. Now, for the first time, we’ve gathered the planes, trains, and automobiles of Fred’s—and the world’s—dreams in one place. There are "spin-dizzies," concept cars, see-through model planes, and a train that lights up; many by major designers such as Raymond Loewy and Viktor Schreckengost. Come and take a trip!
Karsh Goes Hollywood
Open through March 8, 2015
This exhibition in Sharf Visitor Center presents twenty iconic figures from Hollywood’s Golden Age photographed by Karsh over his life-long career. Karsh captures the star quality in his celebrity sitters photographed in their prime, a selection that includes images of Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck, and many more..
Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen
Open through March 8, 2015
Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen presents designer gowns and exquisite jewelry from the 1930s and ‘40s—the most glamorous years of Hollywood film. The exhibition focuses on the iconic style of sultry starlets of the period, including Gloria Swanson, Anna May Wong, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and Joan Crawford. Along with eye-catching gowns once worn by famous figures and the sparkling jewels that contributed to their allure from the MFA and private collections, photography by Edward Steichen along with period photographs, film stills, and film clips capture the style of the silver screen era.
Advice for Visitors
- Weekday afternoons are the least-crowded.
- Daily Programming: free guided tours, gallery talks, films, lectures, and family programs; see details.
Parking: Limited paid parking next to the museum; spaces available for visitors with disabilities.
Dining: Bravo Restaurant, New American Café, Garden Cafeteria, Taste Restaurant
Accessibility: Contact MFA regarding access, ASL tours, tours for the blind, and other accommodations: (617) 369‑3189 (voice), (617) 369‑3188 (TTY), firstname.lastname@example.org; see details.
Self-Guide: Audio tour available at all MFA ticket desks. Adult $6, children (17 and under) $4. Includes: select exhibition tours, collection highlights in English, Spanish, Japanese, French, and Russian, 20-stops for families, and in-depth explorations of the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern galleries.
Gift Shop: Museum Bookstore & Shops
Coat Check: At each entrance, free
MBTA: Take the E train on the Green Line to the Museum of Fine Arts stop or the Orange Line to the Ruggles stop.
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 11 (nearest)
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