Explore the options below to select the best experience for your group.

Guided Tours

Our one-hour guided tours are student-centered, interactive learning experiences designed to engage, inspire, and enrich the lives of school group audiences. Tours are facilitated by Gallery Instructors who foster discussion among small groups of approximately ten students using six to ten works of art. All tours support the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core State Standards. All tours are offered for students in grades 2–12, with the exception of “Explorations for Early Learners” for students in grades K–2.

Groups are welcome to visit other areas of the Museum on their own after their guided tour. You can download and print the MFA’s self-guided visit activities or provide activities or assignments of your own creation (see Preview the Museum). Students must remain with chaperones; please review other guidelines at Protecting Visitors and the Artwork.

Looking for something more? The What Artists Do program combines a guided tour with a related art-making activity. In the tour descriptions, tours with a What Artists Do option list the related activity.

Hands-On Art Making: What Artists Do

This two-part program combines a guided tour with a related art-making activity. The first hour is a guided tour you select, led by a Gallery Instructor. In the second hour, a Studio Art Instructor encourages students to reflect on what they saw in the galleries and make their own work of art to take home. Activities are designed to help students better understand the creative process and include working with clay, painting on canvas, collage, or ink brush painting.

In the tour descriptions, tours with a What Artists Do option list the related activity. When filling out your reservation request form, select What Artists Do for an additional $8 per student.

Reserved Lunch Space

Groups may reserve lunch space for $40 per half hour. The space can accommodate up to 60 students at a time (larger groups need to reserve multiple time slots). Preregistration is required.

When filling out your tour request form, indicate your preferred lunch time. If you have an existing reservation and would like to add reserved lunch space, contact Group Sales at 617-369-3310 or groups@mfa.org. Times and space are limited.

Groups with reserved lunch space are asked to bring their bagged lunches inside at the time of entry and place them a bin designated for your school. Your group’s bin will be delivered to the reserved lunch space in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159 (in the Linde Family Wing, near the Bookstore and Shop), by a Museum staff member.

Groups are welcome to eat bagged lunches outside on MFA grounds, free of charge, with the exception of the Calderwood Courtyard (within the Museum, adjacent to the Garden Cafeteria). Please note that there are no sheltered outdoor spaces, nor are there other indoor facilities, available during winter months or inclement weather. School groups are not permitted to purchase food from the cafeteria, café, or restaurants or use the tables in these eateries, and are not allowed to have to food delivered to the Museum.

Self-Guided Visits

Teachers are invited to visit the MFA with their class for a self-directed experience. Students explore the galleries at their own pace with chaperones and can complete prepared assignments. Download and print the MFA’s self-guided visit activities to enrich your students’ visit.

If planning your own assignments or activities, consider visiting the Museum in advance and be aware of ongoing changes in the galleries (see Preview the Museum). Please review other guidelines at Protecting Visitors and the Artwork.

Mobile MFA Guide for Rent

Our mobile MFA Guide provides in-depth information throughout the Museum, including special exhibitions. The multimedia guide is designed for general audiences, and a selection of highlights is available in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, German, Russian, and ASL. School groups may rent MFA Guides for self-guided visits or for use following a Guided Tour at an additional cost of $2 per person by selecting the MFA Guide option when making a reservation.

Reserved Lunch Space

Groups may reserve lunch space for $40 per half hour. The space can accommodate up to 60 students at a time (larger groups need to reserve multiple time slots). Preregistration is required.

When filling out your tour request form, indicate your preferred lunch time. If you have an existing reservation and would like to add reserved lunch space, contact Group Sales at 617-369-3310 or groups@mfa.org. Times and space are limited.

Groups with reserved lunch space are asked to bring their bagged lunches inside at the time of entry and place them a bin designated for your school. Your group’s bin will be delivered to the reserved lunch space in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159 (in the Linde Family Wing, near the Bookstore and Shop), by a Museum staff member.

Groups are welcome to eat bagged lunches outside on MFA grounds, free of charge, with the exception of the Calderwood Courtyard (within the Museum, adjacent to the Garden Cafeteria). Please note that there are no sheltered outdoor spaces, nor are there other indoor facilities, available during winter months or inclement weather. School groups are not permitted to purchase food from the cafeteria, café, or restaurants or use the tables in these eateries, and are not allowed to have to food delivered to the Museum.

Outreach Programs

Bring the MFA to your classroom as a pre-visit or stand-alone program with an in-school or virtual Outreach Program.