Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Celebrates Annual Festival of Art and Flowers with Tours, Family Activites and Floral Demonstrations

BOSTON, MA (March 23, 2017)—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), celebrates the return of spring with Art in Bloom, Saturday, April 29 to Monday, May 1. For more than 40 years, the festival has paired art from across the MFA’s collection with floral interpretations created by 50 New England-area garden clubs. Throughout the weekend, visitors can share their best floral photos on social media with #mfaInBloom. Art in Bloom launches with an Evening Preview of freshly installed arrangements on Friday, April 28. Daily events include tours of flower arrangements throughout the galleries; demonstrations of floral arranging for the home; lunch among masterpieces in the European Paintings gallery; and outdoor walking tours of the Museum’s campus and beyond. A Community Day with children’s activities takes place Sunday, April 30. Free Ikebana demonstrations occur on Saturday, and special Guided Group Tours are available beginning Friday evening. Ariella Chezar, celebrated expert of “painterly” arrangements, offers Master Classes on Saturday, April 29, and on Sunday, April 30, Chezar presents a lecture and demonstration with techniques for creating designs that are dramatic and unexpected. Art in Bloom is sponsored by Wilmington Trust. Supporting sponsorship from Wheaton College and Fox Hill Village — Westwood, MA.

Art in Bloom is included within Museum admission—$25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older. Admission is free for children 17 and under. Art in Bloom is presented by the MFA Associates, a group of dedicated volunteers who lead gallery tours and create the Museum’s flower arrangements throughout the year. In addition to experiencing the Art in Bloom arrangements on view througout the galleries, MFA visitors can also explore the Museum’s current exhibitions, including Matisse in the Studio (April 9–July 9, 2017) and Botticelli and the Search for the Divine (April 15–July 9, 2017). Below are just a few of the highlights from this year’s festival.

Friday: Evening Preview (April 28)

Maps of the 50 arrangements are available on Friday evening, giving visitors their first opportunity to discover this year’s art and arrangements. Cocktails and dinner at Bravo restaurant (parking is free for dinner guests!) or New American Café cap off an elegant evening at the Museum.

Daily Activities (April 29–May 1)

Included with Museum admission are guided tours of arrangements (10:30 am–3:30 pm daily), continuous demonstrations of floral arranging for the home (noon–3 pm), and an outdoor walking tour of the MFA’s architecture, outdoor sculpture and neighboring gardens (1–2 pm). On Saturday, Master Classes (members $225, non-members $270) with Ariella Chezar offer hands-on flower design instruction. During Sunday’s “Petal Power: The Art of Painterly Arrangements” (members $40, non-members $50), Chezar lectures and demonstrates her techniques for creating dramatic designs.

Groups of 10 or more can book a guided tour of the floral arrangements in advance on

Snacks and lunch are available with the Old Masters in the European Paintings gallery.

Sunday: Art in Bloom Community Day (April 30)

A family-friendly Community Day offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Children can make their own stained glass lotus flowers (10 am–4 pm) and enjoy concerts with Boston City Singers (12-12:30 pm), Project STEP (1:30–2 pm) and City Strings United Boston (3–3:30 pm). Story Hour and the Family Art Cart are also available for young children and their families.

Ariella Chezar

Acclaimed floral designer Ariella Chezar offers two Master Classes and a floral demonstration during Art in Bloom. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications. Chezar is the author of two best-selling books, Flowers for the Table (2002) and The Floral Workshop (2016). Learn more at

About the MFA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its collection, representing all cultures and time periods. The Museum has more than 140 galleries displaying its encyclopedic collection, which includes Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia; Art of Africa and Oceania; Art of the Ancient World; Prints and Drawings; Photography; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–5 pm; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–10 pm. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and individual youths age 17 and younger. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For more information, call 617.267.9300, visit or follow the MFA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Our Sponsors

Matisse in the Studio is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Royal Academy of Arts, in partnership with the Musée Matisse, Nice. Sponsored by Bank of America. Presented with additional support from the Betty L. Heath Paintings Fund for the Art of Europe, and the Alexander M. Levine and Dr. Rosemarie D. Bria-Levine Exhibition Fund. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsor is WCVB Boston. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Generous support for the publication was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Publications Fund.

Botticelli and the Search for the Divine presented with generous support from The Thompson Family Foundation. Additional support from the Cordover Exhibition Fund and the MFA Associates/MFA Senior Associates Exhibition Endowment Fund. Media sponsor is The Boston Globe. Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary in Virginia in partnership with Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.

Family Art Cart is made possible with endowment support from the Germeshausen Foundation Fund for Youth and Family Learning and the John and Dorothy Wilson Fund. Additional support for Art Connections Activity Cards made possible by Arthur R. Hilsinger and Barbara J. Janson.