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FREE GUIDED TOURS

Offered seven days a week (except Monday holidays), our guided tours are free with Museum admission and explore many different collections.

All tours meet at the Sharf Visitor Center and last approximately one hour.

For more information, please call 617-369-3395. If you are interested in scheduling a group tour, please make reservations online through the Groups page.

Tours in English

Monday–Friday

10:30 am Highlights of the Museum Collections
11 am Art of Asia
11:30 am Art of the Americas
Noon Introduction to the Contemporary Collection
12:30 pm 3 in 30 Minutes
1 pm Art of the Ancient World
2 pm Art of Europe
3 pm Art of the Americas

Wednesday

6:15 pm Highlights of the Museum Collections

Saturday–Sunday

10:30 am Highlights of the Museum Collections
11 am Art of the Americas
11:30 am Art of Europe
12:30 pm 3 in 30 Minutes
1 pm Introduction to the Contemporary Collection
1:30 pm Highlights of the Museum Collections
2:30 pm Art of the Americas
3 pm Art of Europe

Foreign-language Tours

Tours in French

Every Wednesday, 11:15 am Highlights of the Museum Collections 

Chaque Mercredi, 11:15am Présentation des collections du Musée

Tours in Spanish/Tours en Español gratuito

Every first Wednesday, 6:30 pm Highlights of the Museum Collections

El primer Miercoles de cada mes, 6:30 pm Reflejos a la Coleccion del Museo

Made possible by The Lowell Institute.

Tours in American Sign Language

Every second Wednesday, 6 pm Highlights of the  Museum Collections

MFA Guide MFA Guide

If you prefer to explore on your own, create an individualized tour with our MFA Guide featuring information about more than 500 objects.

Take a tour and explore with a touch screen player. Get insights from curators, conservators, artists, and others on exhibitions and artwork through images, audio, and video. Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and entrance to Gund Gallery (LG31) when an exhibition is on view. Nonmembers $6; members $5; kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

A Feeling for Form

FFF is a program that provides access for visitors of all ages who are blind or have low vision. A Feeling for Form is an opportunity for tours of the collections through tactile exploration of selected sculpture and furniture, and through verbal description, tactile diagrams, and objects for artworks that cannot be touched. Trained Museum volunteers and Access staff lead these tours. We are currently expanding program offerings; call for more information. There is no fee for this program, but pre-registration is required. For registration contact Valarie Burrows at 617-369-3302 or Hannah Goodwin at 617-369-3189, or e-mail access@mfa.org. For online registration materials, please use the Feeling for Form Registration Form.

Gallery Talks

Talks are delivered by Museum curators, conservators, independent scholars, artists, and advanced students of art history, and they are based on either special exhibitions or the permanent collection.

Gallery talks are free with Museum admission. They usually last one hour and leave promptly at the scheduled time from the Sharf Visitor Center. If you arrive late, inquire at the Visitor Center and staff will direct you to the talk's location.

Please Note: All gallery talks are geared toward an adult audience. See the Youth and Families Programs page for events for children and teens.

Some of our gallery talks are offered in other languages, including Spanish, Russian, French, and American Sign Language.

View upcoming talks.

ESOL Tours

The MFA welcomes students at least 18 years old who are learning English and who are participating in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course. The MFA has specially trained guides who provide tours for all levels of ESOL students.

ESOL tours are generally designed to be an introduction to the Museum and to include a selection of objects from the American, European, Asian, and Ancient World collections. ESOL guides are also able to work with ESOL instructors to customize tours that focus on particular parts of the Museum’s collections or that incorporate specific objects. Search under Collections to check the availability of any specific work.

Request a Tour
One-hour, interactive ESOL tours are led by trained guides. Requests should be made at least four weeks in advance of the group visit by filling out the ESOL Tour Request Form.

Admission
ESOL tours are free. MFA group admission is $18 for students (chaperones are admitted free). Full-time undergraduate students from member schools receive free admission to the MFA.

Free admission is offered to students enrolled in ESOL programs at nonprofit agencies and community organizations. To be eligible, the recipient must be a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization that is located in New England and that would otherwise find admission cost a barrier to visiting the Museum of Fine Arts.

MFA Outdoor Tour: Art, Architecture, and Landscape

Join us for an hourlong outdoor walking tour of the Museum and its Fenway neighborhood, offered from May to October. Learn about nearby buildings and their architecture, along with fascinating information about the Back Bay Fens and other sites in the Fenway neighborhood. See upcoming tours.