Bring the MFA into your school! Outreach programs introduce students to the rich collections of the Museum using high-quality digital reproductions. Programs encourage students to look closely, make observations, and draw conclusions based on visual evidence. Programs may include activities such as writing or sketching and tactile objects that illustrate artist’s materials. These discussion-based, student-centered programs are designed to occur in individual classrooms of no more than 25-30 students (multiple sessions can be scheduled to accommodate large groups).
Classroom Visits: Schools within the I-495 corridor of Boston can schedule a museum educator to visit their classrooms.
Distance Learning: Schools in any location can schedule a museum educator to virtually visit their classrooms via a live, web-supported program.
- Programs are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm.
- Programs are 45 minutes.
- 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.
Classroom Visit Requirements: We will travel to any school that is within the I-495 corridor of Massachusetts. 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.
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.
All collection programs are recommended for grades K-12 and make direct connections with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (note specific links in program descriptions below). The Multisensory Introduction to the MFA is recommended for preschool-2nd grade and is available for classroom visits only.
MFA’s Greatest Hits
The Greatest Hits outreach program is ideal for learners new to the MFA’s collection. Explore a variety of objects spanning the Museum’s major collection areas in different mediums throughout the ages.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Various)
Multisensory Introduction to the MFA
Students are introduced to the concept of museum collections and the MFA by exploring works of art through music, movement, and hands-on activities. Recommended for preschool-2nd grade. Please note: this program is available for classroom visits only, for a maximum of 20 students.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Visual Arts 6-10)
Art of the Americas: Colonial America through the New Nation
The Colonial America through the New Nation outreach program explores three centuries of American art, from early Colonial portraits to history paintings of the early 19th century. Students will look at and talk about paintings that portray figures and events from the American Revolution and emerging nation.
(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)
Art of the Americas: Creating an American Identity
The Creating an American Identity outreach program illustrates the events of the 1800s and early 1900s. Students will explore the impact of industrialization, westward expansion, the Civil War, immigration, and the American role in international relations through painting, sculpture and decorative arts.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies US History I and II)
Art of the Ancient World
The Art of the Ancient World outreach program offers an overview of the Ancient World collection at the MFA, including works from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Students will look closely at objects from various ancient cultures, including sculpture, metals, and ceramics.
(Links to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies 7.7 – 7.43; Foreign Language Cultures Strand)
Art of Ancient Greece and Rome
The Art of Ancient Greece and Rome outreach program will include a range of objects from Ancient Greece and Rome. Students will explore this pivotal moment in human civilization through images of the dramatic doings of gods on Mount Olympus to the everyday realities of mere mortals.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies 7.24 – 7.43; Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)
Art of Ancient Egypt
The Art of Ancient Egypt outreach program will introduce students to this remarkable ancient civilization. Students will explore what the Ancient Egyptians valued and believed by examining depictions of pharaohs, artifacts from daily life, and funerary objects including mummies.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies 7.7 – 7.16)
Art of Europe: Medieval and Renaissance Art
The Medieval and Renaissance Art outreach program will include European art from the 12th through the 17th century. Students will look at and talk about paintings, sculpture and prints from this time period, including princely portraits, austere monks, and stories from mythology.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies World History I and II; Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)
Art of Europe: 17th Century to Impressionism
The 17th Century to Impressionism outreach program will include European art from the 17th through the early 19th century. Students will look at and talk about key paintings that demonstrate the evolution of European art leading to the Impressionist Movement.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: HSS World History II; Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)