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Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion
(Level 1, Room 160)

Workshop Studio
(Level G, Room 85)

Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am / 2:00 pm - $350
30 children maximum

Sunday
10:30 am / 2:30 pm - $300
20 children maximum

Planning

Payment

Membership

  • A valid MFA membership is required to register for birthday parties.
  • Not a member and want to register for a birthday party? Join today and enjoy this privilege along with free and faster admission, discounts on dining, shopping, and parking, and a full calendar of events—with MFA membership, there’s always more than meets the eye.

Party

  • Payment must be received at least 3 business days prior to your visit.
  • To pay by credit card (Visa, American Express, MasterCard) please call 617-369-3345.
  • To pay by check, please make it out to the Museum of Fine Arts and send to:
    Caitlin Doyle, Education Department
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    465 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115
  • Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion (Level 1, Room 160): $350
  • Workshop Studio (Level G, Room 85): $300
  • Register for a birthday party

Catering

  • Final menu selections due: Monday before your party
  • Food payment due: Wednesday before your party

Goodie Bags

  • Goodie bags are available for purchase through the MFA. Please click here for more information.
  • Goodie bag orders due: Monday before your party

Ages & Number of Children

The maximum number of children that we can accommodate in the Druker Classroom space and that are included in the party fee is 30. The maximum for the Workshop Studio is 20. These numbers include any child that is at least 3 years old (including siblings). Children under the age of 3 are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times, but they will not be included in the headcount for the party activities or payment.

We regret that we cannot accommodate more than 30 participating children in the Druker Classroom or 20 in the Workshop studio.

Theme

One of your Museum instructors will contact you approximately 1 week in advance to talk about what you would like to have the children see and do during the party. You can choose from one of the tours listed below or customize a tour and activity specifically related to your child's interests.

We recommend that you have a general theme or idea in mind for your child's party before your instructor contacts you. If you have questions or need assistance sooner than 1 week before the party date, please call 617-369-3345 or e-mail artfuladventures@mfa.org.

Sample Birthday Party Adventures

Please choose only one tour and one art activity or work with a Museum instructor to design a customized tour and activity for your child's party.

Animals in Art

Search for animals in paintings and sculptures while walking through different galleries in the Museum!

Art Activities: Painting on canvas, clay, animal masks, or animal puppets.

Art in America

Discover and compare American art made in different time periods, including paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from our Native American, Early American, Folk Art, American Impressionism, and Modern Art collections.

Art Activities: Painting on canvas, clay, or pendants

Asian Art

Discover Chinese and Japanese art as you walk through a Chinese house and a Buddhist Temple Room, learn about impressive gods and goddesses, and take a closer look at intricate scroll paintings!

Art Activities: Sumi-e painting, clay, or pendants

Egyptian Art

Unlock the mysteries of ancient Egypt and hear about daily life in this amazing civilization. Meet our mummies and learn why and how Egyptians prepared for the afterlife!

Art Activities: Clay or pendants

Fantastic Creatures

Dragons, griffins, and sphinx! Go on an exploration to find artwork that features animals and other creatures not normally seen in everyday life.

Art Activities: Clay, pendants, masks, or puppets

Fashion

Examine clothing and accessories people are wearing in paintings and sculptures throughout the Museum!

Art Activities: Paper dolls, jewelry, pendants, or drawing with watercolor pencils in the galleries

Masks

Are masks just for Halloween? Find out as you journey through the Museum to look at masks from around the world.

Art Activity: Masks

Mythology

Explore ancient cultures through the stories that they told. Learn about myths from Egypt, India, Greece, and Rome while looking at the different sculptures we have in these galleries.

Art Activities: Clay, pendants, or puppets

Scavenger Hunt!

Follow clues to find artwork! Scavenger hunts can be created for any tour and are always customized to match your child’s interests and abilities.

Art activities vary depending on the type of scavenger hunt tour.

Stories in Art

All of the artwork in the Museum has interesting stories behind it! Examine the art, hear some of these stories, and create your own.

Art Activities: Painting on canvas, drawing with watercolor pencils in the galleries, pendants, clay, book making, or puppets

Catering

Cake and cupcakes purchased from a store or a bakery and are not home-made may be brought into the Museum from home. All other food and beverage items must be purchased from Restaurant Associates, the Museum's catering service. However, parents that purchase something from the menu can also request pitchers of ice water free of charge. Luisa Ramirez, the Catering Coordinator, can be reached by calling 617-369-3003 or e-mailing lramirez@mfa.org.

  • Download the birthday party menu
  • Final menu selections due: Monday before your party
  • Food payment due: Wednesday before your party

If you choose to bring in your own cake or cupcakes you will also need to bring in anything needed to eat and serve these food items. Food and beverages ordered through Restaurant Associates comes with all of the necessary plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, however, some parents prefer to bring in their own special birthday party items for all of the food and beverages served.

Party Supplies

Party decoration and supply suggestions:

  • Colorful streamers
  • Happy birthday sign
  • Goodie bags

    Goodie bags are also available for purchase through the MFA. Please click here for more information.

  • Plastic or paper rectangular tablecloths

    We cover all of the tables with large, brown paper for the art activity and will change it before the children eat, but one standard rectangular tablecloth fits each of our tables and you will need approximately 6.

Balloons are not allowed in the Museum. No piñatas, please.

Party Information

Schedule

30 minutes before the start of the party
Birthday Party hosts meet Museum instructors at the Linde Family Wing Group Entrance in order to bring party supplies and/or cake and cupcakes to the classroom.

Please present a printed copy of your confirmation letter to the guard at the entrance for early entry.

45 minutes
Wait for guests in gallery 168 next to the Linde Family Wing Group Entrance and then go on a tour. Upon arrival all of the children will help to decorate a large birthday party banner while waiting for all of the guests to arrive. Staff at the admissions desk will help guests find the group if they are more than 15 minutes late.

45 minutes
Art activity in the classroom. One of the Museum instructors will read a story just outside the room when most of the children have finished creating their art so that the room can be cleaned and set up for the food.

30 minutes
Food and cake

Host Arrival

One of your Museum instructors will meet you at the Linde Family Wing Group Entrance 30 minutes prior to the start of your party in order to help you transport any party supplies and/or cake and cupcakes to the classroom (no balloons or piñatas, please)

Please present a printed copy of your confirmation letter to the guard at the entrance for early entry.

Chaperones

All parents/ chaperones are FREE and will receive a chaperone sticker upon arrival, which allows them to visit galleries in the Museum without needing to pay admission. The chaperone sticker also gives parents a discount on parking in Museum facilities (discount only applies to self-park options, not valet). In order to receive this discount parents will need to show their sticker to a parking attendant in the Garage Lobby before paying upon departure.

Parents that do not wish to remain with the group the entire time can explore the Museum on their own or drop their child off with you at the Linde Family Wing Group Entrance. Drop-off/Pick-up Guidelines are listed below and are also available on the Information for Guests page.

Drop-off/ Pick-up

Children that are 5 years old and up may be dropped off for the duration of the party, but their parent/ guardian must leave their name and phone number in case of emergency.

In an effort to ensure that we are providing an environment of enhanced safety and security we are requesting that each group, upon entry to the Museum, provides the MFA with a list of each child that is present. If possible we also strongly encourage you to provide ages and emergency contacts. This information will be kept confidential and shredded upon your group's departure of the Museum.

Please use the document attached to your confirmation email for collecting this information. Your Museum instructor will provide you with a blank copy in the event that it is forgotten or misplaced.

Parents must stay with their child at the Linde Family Group Entrance until the party hosts and Museum instructors arrive. Children should never be left to wait by themselves unattended, and may not be dropped off or picked up in any of the Museum's parking lots.

Your Museum instructors will escort everyone back tot he lobby of the Linde Family Wing Group Entrance at the end fo the party.

Coats, Bags, and Baby Items

2 large bins will be available at the Group Entrance when you arrive - one for coats and bags, and the other for presents.

All parcels, umbrellas, and bags larger than 11"x15" must be checked, including back-pack style child carriers. Bags in excess of 11"x15" containing needed medical equipment or for use in nursing or baby care are allowed in the Museum.

Baby strollers are allowed in all galleries, but they may not be left unattended. Please leave strollers with a guard at the Fenway or Huntington coat check when not in use.

Museum Guidelines

Parents are responsible for the behavior of their child(ren). Please help guests follow these guidelines if you choose to stay with the group during the tour.

  • Works of art in the Museum should not be touched.
  • Use walking feet.
  • Talk using an inside voice.
  • Always stay together as a group.
  • Please don't eat, drink, or chew gum in the galleries.

Photography

Photography without a flash is allowed in most galleries. Flash photography and video are only permitted in the classroom. Your Museum instructors will let you know if the group enters a gallery where photography is not allowed.