- Levels and Benefits
- Member Events
- Gift Membership
- Patron Program
- Museum Council
- Friends of the MFA
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Organizational Memberships
How many people does my membership admit per day?Supporter you and your children 17 and under*
Contributor and Ambassador you, one additional adult, and your children 17 and under*
Sustainer and Leader you, up to three additional adults, and your children 17 and under*
*Any accompanying children 17 and under, exceeding a six-child limit, require free tickets available at any ticket desk.
How do I enter the Museum?Skip the ticket lines and present your membership card(s) to the guards at either entrance. If you are visiting with a greater number of people than your membership admits (see above), visit the ticket desk for guest passes or tickets.
Do my children get in for free?
Members' children 17 and under are admitted free upon presentation of your valid membership card to the guard at either entrance. Your membership will admit up to six children; children exceeding this limit require a free ticket, available at any ticket desk.
Do I need tickets to view special exhibitions?Tickets are not required to view any of the Museum's exhibitions. Visit them when you like, as often as you like. Remember to take advantage of Member Preview Days, when members are allowed exclusive access to view special exhibitions before they open to the general public; simply present your membership card at the gallery entrance.
How many membership cards will I receive?If you have a Supporter membership, you will receive one card. For all other levels, membership cards are issued to up to two people per membership, and admission privileges are available to either cardholder. Please note that if there is only one name on your membership record, you will receive only one membership card regardless of level.
What are the stickers that accompanied my membership card?Supporter and Contributor members do not receive new cards each year. Due to this, membership level and expiration date are not reflected on the card itself, but instead on stickers that you can affix to your card. Stickers do not need to be affixed for you to access your benefits. They are simply a visual reminder for your own personal reference. Each year that you renew, you will receive new stickers with your updated level and expiration date information.
Do I need to replace lost stickers?No. Stickers are for your own personal reference, so you do not need to replace them. The barcode on your membership card is used to access your membership information and deliver your benefits. If you’d prefer to have them replaced, however, you may e-mail email@example.com or call 617-369-3395.
What are guest passes?Each single-use pass admits one person; use yours to share the Museum with friends and family.
How many am I allocated per year?Supporter one single-use guest pass
Contributor two single-use guest passes
Ambassador four single-use guest passes
Sustainer six single-use guest passes
Leader eight single-use passes (mailed with your membership card(s); they do not need to be ordered)
How do I obtain guest passes?
You can pick up your guest passes at any ticket desk, or order them online or call 617-369-3395 to receive your passes by mail. (Note: A $4.50 per-order mail fee is applied.)
I want my guest passes mailed to me with my membership cards; can you accommodate this?Having guest passes mailed with membership cards is a benefit exclusive to the Leader level of membership and cannot be accommodated at any other level.
Can I have my guest passes sent to an address other than my own?Unfortunately, guest passes can only be mailed to the address on your membership record.
When do my guest passes expire?Guest passes expire when your current membership expires or when you renew your membership. Upon renewing, you will have access to a new allotment of guest passes determined by your membership level.
Who is eligible for reciprocal admission benefits?Ambassador, Sustainer, and Leader members.
Which museums have reciprocal admission with the MFA?The Art Institute of Chicago
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
Dallas Museum of Art
Denver Art Museum
The Detroit Institute of Arts
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Saint Louis Art Museum
The Seattle Art Museum
The Toledo Museum of Art
Vancouver Art Gallery
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
What benefits am I entitled to at these museums?
- Free admission during regular hours (two adults per membership)
- Free exhibition admission, when a separate ticket is not required
- Admission to member previews, when a separate ticket is not required
- On-site member discounts on shop purchases as well as lecture, concert, and film tickets
What is MFA Mail?MFA Mail is e-mail that keeps you up-to-date on everything that happens at the Museum, including member events. You can customize these e-mails by selecting the types of topics that interest you.
How do I sign up?Visit www.mfa.org to sign up for MyMFA. To customize e-mail, fill out the “About Me” and “My E-mail” sections.
What is Preview?Preview is the MFA members' magazine, with information on exhibitions and the collections as well as a calendar of events and programs.
How do I receive the magazine?Your subscription to Preview begins automatically. This is a bimonthly publication, so your first issue may take up to eight weeks to arrive.
Bookstore and Shop
What is my discount?You save 10% at the Bookstore and Shops, in stores and online. Please note that the discount does not apply to consignment merchandise, Revere Portfolio prints, gift cards, or MFA memberships.
How does my discount work?Present your membership card at checkout. If you are shopping online, log in using your membership number and zip code.
What is my discount?You save 15% at all four Museum dining venues.
How does my discount work?Present your membership card upon payment.
Are MFA Guides discounted or free?Supporter, Contributor, and Ambassador Discounted guides are available for $5 each ($4 for children).
Sustainer and Leader Complimentary guides are available for you and your guests.
What is the MFA Guide?The MFA Guide is a touch screen player with which you can take a tour and explore the Museum. Get insights from curators, conservators, artists, and others through images, audio, and video. Guides are available in various languages, and for visitors with vision or hearing disabilities.
How do I rent one?Pick up a guide at any ticket desk or at Member Services in Sharf Visitor Center.
What is my discount?Depending on the length of your stay, you can save up to 40% on parking. The maximum day rate for member parking is $15; maximum evening rate (Monday-Friday, after 5:30 pm) is $13.
How does my discount work?Insert your parking ticket at the exit-lane pay stations or the kiosks in the garage lobby, then scan your membership card. Your discount is applied and a new total is displayed on the screen.
Can I prepay?Save time and avoid delays by prepaying for parking if you are visiting for more than two hours. Take your ticket to the kiosks in the garage lobby. Before inserting your ticket, press the Prepay button. Then insert your ticket, scan your membership card, and pay the new total. Keep your ticket with you; you will need it to exit the garage.
What is my discount?The discount on film, concert, lecture, and course tickets varies depending on the type of program and general admission price. Members generally save up to 20%.
How do I obtain discount tickets?Present your membership card at any ticket desk to purchase discounted tickets. If you are purchasing tickets online, sign in or select the “Member Registration” option and follow the online prompts.
How many discount tickets am I allowed to purchase?Members can purchase up to 4 discount tickets for each program.
I just purchased a membership; can I order discount tickets if I don't yet know my membership number?Yes. Your membership is effective immediately upon purchase. If you purchased your membership online, you can purchase member-priced tickets online using the account you created. Additionally, you can always call 617-369-3395 or visit any ticket desk to purchase tickets with your member discount.
Exhibition Opening Events
What are exhibition opening events?These ticketed events are exclusive opportunities to celebrate a new exhibition or area of the collection at an evening reception.
How do I attend?You will be mailed an invitation and receive e-mail with information on obtaining tickets to events.
Ambassador Tickets are available for purchase.
Sustainer and Leader You are entitled to two complimentary tickets and can purchase additional tickets if you like.
Are free events offered for members? How do I attend?Additional free events are offered every month. Visit www.mfa.org/membership to see upcoming events. From special events to lectures, tours, and workshops, there’s something for everyone. Tickets are required for these events and are available online, in person, or by phone approximately four weeks prior to the event, first come, first served. We recommend getting your tickets online. Ticket limits are based on the admission privileges of your membership.
Why are some member events ticketed?Member events began as drop-in, first come, first served events. This proved problematic as we inevitably had to turn away members, many of whom had traveled to the Museum solely to attend the event. Based on member feedback, we switched to a ticket-based system so members could plan accordingly, and to ensure that everyone had an equal opportunity to reserve a spot.
When a member who has reserved a ticket has not shown up by the start of the event, why isn't their ticket released for another member?We cannot assume the member will not show up. Oftentimes, a member will be running late, and we cannot simply give up their spot to other people. Just as other venues can't resell tickets that have already been sold, we can't reissue tickets that are already reserved.
At what time should I arrive for a member event?We recommend that members arrive 10-15 minutes before the event.
How do you determine how many members can attend each event?Event capacities are determined by fire codes for the particular galleries or auditoriums in which the event is taking place; the ability of groups to navigate spaces throughout the Museum; and an attempt to ensure everyone can hear and see the program being presented. This is done to provide the most enjoyable experience for all members in attendance. For tours, we can accommodate 20 members per departing group. For events in the Alfond Auditorium, we can accommodate 150 members, and in Remis Auditorium, 380 members.
Member Family Days
What are Member Family Days and how do I attend?The Museum hosts five Member Family Days throughout the year (visit www.mfa.org/membership to see upcoming events) with art activities and themed programs. No tickets are required.
Member Guest Days
What are Member Guest Days and how do I attend?The Museum offers Member Guest Days throughout the year as opportunities for you to bring additional guests to the Museum (beyond the general admission privileges of your membership, without having to use your guest passes). No tickets are required; just show your membership card to the guards at either entrance.
Member Preview Days
What are Member Preview Days and how do I attend?Member Preview Days are the first opportunity to see the Museum’s biggest exhibitions—and avoid the crowds before they open to the general public. No tickets are required; just present your membership card at the gallery entrance for admission.
Can I bring guests to Member Preview Days?Any guests admitted to the Museum with you, whether through the general admission privileges of your membership or through paid admission, may accompany you during Member Preview Days.
Member Shopping Days
What are Member Shopping Days and how do I participate?Member Shopping Days are offered several times a year as opportunities for you to save 20%—instead of the usual member discount of 10%—on Bookstore and Shop purchases, in stores and online. Please note that the discount does not apply to consignment merchandise, Revere Portfolio prints, gift cards, or MFA memberships.
Friends of the MFA
Do I need to be a member to be a Friend?
How do I join or renew?
Friends Levels and Groups, select the group you want to join, and click "Join or Renew." You will be prompted to log in and validate your Museum membership before you can proceed.Visit
Why can't I join or renew?
How long is my Friends participation valid for?
Friends of Film Tickets
How do I obtain my free tickets?To order tickets, go to www.mfa.org/film, call 1-800-440-6975, or visit any MFA ticket desk.
Can I order my free tickets in advance?Yes, you can order advance tickets, if tickets are available, at any time after the screening’s on-sale date.
Are tickets guaranteed?
Tickets are not guaranteed. Please keep in mind that although same-day tickets are often available for many of our screenings, many programs do sell out.
When will I receive my membership card?
How do I get a replacement membership card?
Can I visit without my membership card?
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Why are there price ranges for membership?
Why is there no senior membership level?
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