Bring the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston into your school!  

MFA Outreach Programs introduce students to the museum’s vast art collections and provide opportunities for students to build their visual literacy skills.

Students will delve into high-quality digital reproductions of artworks as a whole group through discussion, kinesthetic activities, and exploration of art-making materials. Students will deepen their understanding of the particular collection area by responding to additional works of art in small group breakout sessions.  

MFA Outreach Programs are available Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm ET.

Classroom Visits (45 minute program): Schools within the I-495 corridor of Boston can schedule a museum educator to visit their classrooms.

Distance Learning (45 minute program): Schools in any location can schedule a museum educator to virtually visit their classrooms via a live, web-supported program.


Fees

Fees are calculated based on the total number of sessions booked per program topic. Schools will be billed at the completion of their program. Fees are as follows:

  • One session: $150
  • Two sessions: $275
  • Three sessions: $400
  • Four or more sessions: $400 for the first 3 sessions + $100 for each additional session

*No additional charge if multiple days are needed to accommodate the total number of sessions per program.


Policies

  • Programs are intended for individual classrooms of no more than 25-30 students (20 students maximum for Multisensory Introduction to the MFA).
  • Multiple program sessions can be scheduled to accommodate larger groups. For groups of 200+, sessions may need to be scheduled over multiple days.

For reservations, submit a request form at least 4 weeks prior to your preferred dates.


Program Topics

Multisensory Introduction to the MFA

Look, listen, and shake!  Students are introduced to the concept of museum collections and the MFA by exploring works of art through music, movement, and hands-on activities.  Please note: This program is available for classroom visits only, for a maximum of 20 students. Recommended for preschool-2nd grade.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Visual Arts 6-10)

The Revolution of Impressionism 

Immerse your students in the MFA’s renowned collection of works by the French Impressionists. Students will explore how these paintings were created and learn how they reflected the changing landscape of 19th century France and heralded the dawn of modern art. Recommended for 2nd-5th grade.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Visual Arts 6-10; HSS World History II, Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)

Art of the American Revolution

Explore the art of colonial Boston! Students will decipher the symbolism in the MFA’s Sons of Liberty Bowl, compare history paintings depicting scenes from the Revolution, and look closely at John Singleton Copley’s portraits of the men and women of 18th century Boston. Recommended for 2nd-5th grade.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies 3.1-3.7, 3.12; 5.1–5.2, 5.4, 5.6–5.11, 5.17–5.18)

Photography as Social Witness

Examine images of early- to mid-20th century America created by photographers such as Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, and Margaret Bourke-White. Students will learn how artists—past and present—use photography as a tool for documenting and seeking change on important social issues of their time. Recommended for 6th-12th grade. 

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Visual Arts 6-10; HSS U.S History II)

Art of Ancient Greece and Rome

Explore highlights from the museum’s Classical collection, including pottery, jewelry, and sculpture. Through whole group discussions, students will learn how the stories of heroes and deities depicted in these ancient artworks reference ancient texts. In small groups, students will create their own short stories based on a scene depicted on a Greek vase the origin of which remains a mystery. Recommended for 4th-8th grade.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies 7.24 – 7.43; Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)

Art of Ancient Egypt

Discover the history behind sculpture, funerary objects, and a mummy found during early 20th century MFA excavations in Egypt. Students will be challenged to think like museum professionals as they examine historic excavation photographs of ancient sculpture fragments and devise a plan for their return to the MFA. Recommended for 4th-8th grade. 

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies 7.7 – 7.16)


Technology Requirements

Classroom Visit Requirements: Classrooms should have a computer installed with Adobe Acrobat Reader and/or Microsoft PowerPoint, and a digital projector.

Distance Learning Requirements: Classrooms should have a computer and internet connection; a digital projector or other means of projecting web conference to students; web camera; speakers; and a microphone. A group speakerphone is recommended, but computer-based microphones will also work. In order to ensure that your distance learning program goes smoothly, the MFA requires that you complete a technical run-through about a week prior to your scheduled program. This run-through will be scheduled after your program date has been confirmed.