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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
Open through December 28, 2014
The first comprehensive retrospective of artist Jamie Wyeth will examine his imaginative approach to realism over the course of six decades, from his earliest childhood drawings through various recurring themes inspired by the people, places, and objects that populate his world. A member of a family of artists, Jamie Wyeth has followed a unique path, training with his aunt Carolyn after leaving school at age 11, studying anatomy in a New York City morgue and working in Andy Warhol’s New York studio, The Factory. Jamie Wyeth will include approximately 100 paintings, works on paper, illustrations, and assemblages created by the artist, many in a range of "combined mediums," his preferred term for the distinctive technique he brings to his compositions.
Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty
Open through September 1, 2014
One of only four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta—a document written in 1215 that is the foundation for many liberties that Americans enjoy—travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this summer for a special exhibition in the Art of the Americas Wing. The exhibition also includes portraits, marble busts, and historical documents related to several of the Founding Fathers, presidents, and abolitionists, particularly from Massachusetts, who were inspired by the liberties enshrined in Magna Carta.
Jasper Johns: Picture Puzzles
Open through January 4, 2015
One of the greatest American draftsmen and creative printmakers from the 1960s to the present, Jasper Johns introduced new conceptual ideas about representation by focusing on signs and symbols that were inherently flat, such as numbers, flags, and targets. His works often involve a playful dialogue between art and illusion, between three-dimensionality and flatness, and between images and words. The artist’s prints are sophisticated variations on his paintings, and the idea of serial repetition with variation also plays a prominent role in his work. Jasper Johns: Picture Puzzles consists of 22 works by Johns, including prints, drawings, and relief sculpture.
Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours
Open through September 14, 2014
Evelyn Rydz received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2005. Rydz explores America's coasts, photographing the manufactured remnants of modern life that wash up on the shoreline. Plastic's resilience is exactly the quality that makes it valuable to us, but what we use, discard, and dump in the sea is useless to marine life. Materials that never decay become a permanent part of the oceanic ecosystem. Nature's attempt to reclaim these cast-offs fascinates Rydz, who draws our attention to their transformation on their long journey along the global ocean current, and to the larger implications of society's everyday actions.
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), email@example.com; 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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