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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.  Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

The Museum has undergone significant expansion and change in recent years; 2010 marked the opening of the Art of the Americas Wing, with four levels of American art from ancient to modern. In 2011, the west wing of the Museum was transformed into the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, with new galleries for contemporary art and social and learning spaces. Improved and new galleries for European, Asian, and African art have opened through 2013, with more to come.

With the one of the largest collections of Massachusetts furniture available to the public, the Museum holds nearly 500 pieces of furniture made in Massachusetts. Examples are displayed in 27 out of 53 galleries (including nine period rooms) in the critically acclaimed Art of the Americas Wing. As partners in the Four Centuries consortium, the MFA offered a wide range of free public programs in the fall of 2013 to highlight its extraordinary collection, to engage a variety of audiences, and to foster a deeper appreciation of the craft of furniture in Massachusetts.