If you have questions or would like more information, please call the MFA Community Arts staff at 617-369-3303 or e-mail us at artfuladventures@mfa.org.

Information

Ages and Number of Children

Artful Adventures tours are suitable for children between ages 4 and 18.

Visits may be scheduled with fewer than 10 participants, but we charge for a minimum of 10 even if there are less. Groups with 80–120 participants can be accommodated with advance notice. We try to maintain a ratio of one Museum instructor for every 10–15 children.

Chaperones

All adult chaperones are free, however, we ask that groups try to not have more than 1 adult for every 3 students. Chaperones must be adults. Teen volunteers and CITs are welcome, but they are included in the headcount for payment at the student rate.

If you arrive without the appropriate number of chaperones the Museum reserves the right to cancel your visit.

Schedule

Visits may be scheduled to start:

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday
Anytime between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Anytime between 10:00 am and 8:30 pm

Payment

$9 per child (includes Museum admission). We charge for a minimum of 10 children. Payment in full is due on the day of your visit, not in advance. Once confirmed, the fee and number of children listed on your confirmation is the minimum.

Cancellations

Please call 617-369-3303 at least two business days prior to your scheduled visit if you need to cancel, make changes to your reservation, or if your attendance numbers have increased or decreased by more than 10 children.

You will be billed for the full amount listed on your confirmation sheet if changes and cancellations are not made at least two business days in advance.

Planning

Arrival

Please try to arrive fifteen minutes before your visit is scheduled to begin. Arriving early ensures that you have time to check-in and your group can begin the visit as soon as possible.

If you will be late please call your Museum instructor. You may receive an abbreviated tour and activity. If you are more than 30 minutes late we cannot guarantee that you will have a guide.

Entrance

Before 4:30 pm
Please enter through the Linde Family Wing Entrance located on Museum Road directly across from the parking garage.

After 4:30 pm
Please enter through the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance located across from the park.

Check-In

Upon arrival a teacher or chaperone should enter alone with the confirmation letter to check in and pay. Once the check-in process is complete, a Museum staff member will bring your group into the Museum.

Payment is due on the day of your visit and not in advance.

Coats and Bags

Please leave your belongings on the bus or in your car whenever possible, especially any items of value. We have a limited number of bins available for use at the entrance. All parcels, umbrellas, and bags larger than 11” x 15” containing needed medical equipment or for use in nursing/childcare are allowed in the Museum. Please note that the following items cannot be checked: laptop computers, cameras, and other valuables. The Museum assumes no responsibility for any lost or stolen items.

Lunch

Groups that bring bagged lunches may reserve the lunch tables in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159 between 10 am and 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday. These tables can accommodate a maximum of 60 students (larger groups will need to reserve multiple time slots). The cost of reserving these tables is $40 per half hour—pre-registration is required.

Please call 617-369-3303 or e-mail artfuladventures@mfa.org if you are interested in reserving the lunch tables and a request was not placed with your original reservation. Reservations should be made as early as possible—times and space are limited. We regret that lunch table reservations are not available on the weekend and during the summertime.

Directions

From the North by Car

Take Interstate 93 South or Route 1 South to Storrow Drive. Once on Storrow Drive, take the Kenmore Square/Fenway Route 1S exit. Stay in the left lane and take the Fenway exit. Turn left at the first traffic light (at the sign marked “Boylston St. Inbound Fenway”) and immediately bear right onto the Fenway. Proceed through another set of traffic lights, and as you approach the next intersection (flanked by a pair of stone pillars), turn right onto Hemenway Street. At the end of Hemenway, turn left onto Forsyth Way and then immediately right onto Huntington Avenue. The Museum will be on your right. Continue past the Museum and turn right onto Museum Road. Take your second right on Museum Road to drop off children at the Group Entrance in the Linde Family Wing.

From the North by Bus

There are vehicle height and truck restrictions on Storrow Drive. Busses, trucks, and oversized vehicles should use these directions to avoid Storrow Drive.

Take Interstate 93 South to exit 18, Mass. Avenue/Roxbury. Follow the signs along the exit ramp for Mass. Avenue, but continue straight on Melnea Cass Boulevard for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Tremont Street, and at the second traffic light (0.1 miles) turn right onto Ruggles Street. Continue on Ruggles Street for 0.4 miles, crossing Huntington Avenue. At the next traffic light, turn right onto the Fenway (marked “Evans Way to the left”) and take the next right on Museum Road. Take your second left on Museum Road to drop off children at the Group Entrance in the Linde Family Wing.

From the South by Car or Bus

Take Interstate 93 North to exit 18, Mass. Avenue/Roxbury. Follow the signs along the exit ramp for Mass. Avenue, but continue straight on Melnea Cass Boulevard for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Tremont Street, and at the second traffic light (0.1 miles) turn right onto Ruggles Street. Continue on Ruggles Street for 0.4 miles, crossing Hunitington Avenue. At the next traffic light, turn right onto the Fenway (marked “Evans Way to the left”) and proceed 0.2 miles along the backside of the Museum. Turn right onto Forsyth Way and then a right on Huntington Avenue. Take another right onto Museum Road. Take your second left on Museum Road to drop off children at the Group Entrance in the Linde Family Wing.

From the West by Car or Bus

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90 East) to exit 22, Prudential Center/Copley Square. Stay to the left side of the exit ramp, following the signs marked “Prudential (West 9).” This exit ramp connects to Huntington Avenue. Continue on Huntington Avenue for 0.8 miles, moving to the left or center lane after the first traffic light to use the underpass below Massachusetts Avenue. The Museum will be on your right. Continue past the Museum and turn right onto Museum Road. Take your second right on Museum Road to drop off children at the Group Entrance in the Linde Family Wing.

By Public Transportation

Take the Green Line E train to the Museum of Fine Arts stop, or the Orange Line train to the Ruggles stop. Take the 39 bus to the Museum of Fine Arts stop, or the 8, 47, CT2 busses to the Ruggles Stop. For more information, visit www.mbta.com.

Please Note: Be sure to use the full address and zip code when using GPS to navigate to the Museum: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115. It is possible that you will be directed to a different “465 Huntington Avenue” in the Boston area if the zip code is omitted.

Parking

Car and Van Parking

The Museum has three paid parking options for cars and vans: the Huntington Lot, the Fenway Lot, and the Museum Road Garage. The entrances to all three parking areas are located on Museum Road, which connects to Huntington Avenue and the Fenway outside of the Museum.

Drivers can receive the member parking rate by presenting their confirmation letter or chaperone sticker to a parking attendant in the Museum Road Garage before paying upon departure.
More Information about Parking

Bus Parking

The Museum has limited school bus parking available on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus parking lot is located on Museum Road between the Museum’s two surface parking lots. In addition to on-site bus parking, the City of Boston has designated the north side of Huntington Avenue, between Belvedere Street and Massachusetts Avenue (at the Christian Science Center), for bus parking. Teachers and chaperones should make arrangements with the bus driver to return at a specific time to pick up the children at the same entrance they were dropped off.

Additional Information

Museum Rules

Children, Teachers, and Chaperones

  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Strollers are allowed in all galleries; however, there may be restrictions when special exhibition galleries are crowded.
  • Help us keep the artwork safe by not touching or climbing on objects.
  • Always walk, don’t run.
  • If a child is too young to understand and follow the rules, consider having an adult or older child hold their hand.
  • Our security guards protect you and the art; please respect their requests.
  • When photographing in the Museum, please be mindful of not stepping back into the artwork. Maintain a distance of 12 inches away from the artwork at all times.

Teachers and Chaperones

  • One chaperone is required for every ten children – All adult chaperones are free, however we ask that groups try not to have more than one adult for every 3 children. Chaperones must be adults. Teen volunteers and CITs are welcome, but they are included in the headcount for payment at the student rate.
  • Stay with your group – Please stay with your group the entire time and ensure that children follow the Museum rules.
  • Listen – Follow and respect the instructions of the guards and staff who are responsible for the safety of Museum objects.