At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, students and teachers are invited to explore works of art spanning six continents and thousands of years of history. We offer innovative programs for students and teachers that encourage exploration of the MFA’s world-renowned collections and groundbreaking exhibitions.
In 2013-2014, we are offering new tours in the Art of Asia, as well as a new tour designed specifically for students in grades K-2 called Explorations for Early Learners. In addition, as of January 1, 2014, we are now offering classroom outreach programs and distance learning programs.
Connect your classroom to the MFA!
School Group Visits
For more information about bringing your school group to the MFA, see School/Youth Group Visits.
For a list of tour options that are available during the 2013-2014 school year with Massachusetts curriculum frameworks connections, see Student/Youth Group Tour Descriptions.
Teacher Professional Development
The MFA offers workshops and training for educators throughout the year. For more information about upcoming opportunities, visit Teacher Professional Development.
Student Rhetoric Competition
The 10th annual Student Rhetoric Competition will take place on May 21, 2014. For more information, visit the Student Rhetoric Competition page.
The MFA maintains longitudinal, dynamic relationships with individual schools and school districts. Learn more about School Partnerships.
Schools within the I-495 corridor of Boston can schedule a trained Gallery Instructor to visit your classroom for an interactive, student-centered program. Learn more about outreach programs.
Distance Learning Programs
No matter how far you are from Boston, you can schedule a museum educator to visit your classroom virtually for an interactive, student-centered program. Learn more about distance learning programs.
The Artful Adventures program provides opportunities for children ages 3 and older to connect with the art and cultures of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas through engagement with the MFA collections. For more information, visit Community Programs.
Schools in Need
The MFA offers funding to assist schools in need that want to bring student groups to the Museum.
Boston Public Schools and Lawrence Public Schools always receive free admission. To request a school group visit, please complete our request form and indicate that you are a Boston or Lawrence public school.
Learn more about the Rothwell School Bus Fund and the Alice W. Dorr Foundation Scholarship for the What Artists Do (WAD) program.
The Lunder Maine Student Membership Program
The Lunder Maine Student Membership Program allows Maine students of all ages in public and private school, as well as those who are home schooled, to visit the Museum free of charge.
To request a school group visit, please complete our request form and indicate that you are visiting from a school in Maine.
The McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program
Effective September 1, 2012, the McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program allows New Hampshire students of all ages in public and private school, as well as those who are home schooled, to visit the Museum free of charge.
To request a school group visit, please complete our request form and indicate that you are visiting from a school in New Hampshire.
Teacher Professional Development Programs are funded in part by a grant from The Lowell Institute and The Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Fund for Teacher Resources.
The Bus Fund was made possible by a grant from the Paul Taylor and Adeline Gertrude Magrane Rothwell Philanthropic Fund at the recommendation of a current gallery instructor.
MFA for Educators is made possible through the generous support of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
Support for MFA School Programs provided by the Smith Family Thinking Through Art Program Fund; the Edwin S. Webster Foundation Fund for School Programs; the Louise O. and Robert F. Levin Fund for Innovation in Teaching; Helene R. Cahners-Kaplan and Carol R. Goldberg; the Stevens Foundations; the Ulf B. and Elizabeth C. Heide Education Fund; the Education of Children in the Museum Fund; the Patricia and Robert Lawrence Fund for Education; the Dorothy Wagenknecht Fund; the Mabel Louise Riley Fund for School Programs; the Gallery Instructors and Gallery Instructor Associates Fund for the Partnership with the Boston Public Schools; the Gloria and Irving Fox Fund for Education; the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation Fund; Edith T. and Russell C. de Burlo, Jr.; the U.S Department of Education; and anonymous donors.
Support provided by: Michael D. Dingman Fund; Pamela D. Adams Fund for Artful Adventures; Richard W. and Marjorie S. Dammann Fund; Mrs. Charles H. Taylor Fund; William O. and Sally Taylor Fund; Rieka, Samuel and Renée Rapaporte Fund for Educational Outreach for Youth and Families; Kennedy P. and Susan M. Richardson Fund for Learning and Community Engagement; Bramhall Fund; and the Estate of Charlotte Brayton.
The Gallery Instructor Program is funded through a generous endowment by Marcia and Louis Kamentsky. Support is also provided by the Bascha Snyder Education Fund, the Grace S. Dane Fund, and the National Docent Symposium Gallery Instructors Fund for Professional Development.
The Lunder Maine Student Membership Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is generously funded by The Lunder Foundation.
The New Hampshire Student Membership Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is generously funded by the McLane family.