As part of the MFA’s 2014 Season of Color, join us for this exuberant spring festival of art and floral design! Once again, garden clubs and professional designers from across New England will create floral arrangements inspired by the MFA’s works of art. Art in Bloom is open during regular Museum hours (10 am–4:45 pm) and is free with Museum admission; no reservations are required to see the floral arrangements and participate in most of the programs listed below. Events with prices require tickets. Don't miss outtickets go on sale Thursday, February 27.

Ticketed Events

‘Tinis and Tulips Preview Party
Shapiro Family Courtyard
Friday, April 25, 7–9:30 pm
Swing into spring at the MFA’s inaugural Season of Color preview party and enjoy a festive evening of colorful cocktails, light bites, music, and a magical scavenger hunt. Open to visitors 21+. Valid ID with proof of age required for entry. Tickets: Members $25; Adults (nonmembers) $50.

Emily Thompson: Master Class I
Druker Family Pavilion 160
Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Hands-on flower instruction from a renowned, highly innovative sculptor turned floral designer. Tickets $250.

Emily Thompson: Master Class II
Druker Family Pavilion 160
Sunday, April 27, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Hands-on flower instruction from a renowned, highly innovative sculptor turned floral designer. Tickets $250.

Emily Thompson: Spring in the Wild Kingdom
Remis Auditorium
Monday, April 28, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
A floral demonstration and lecture by Emily Thompson whose highly innovative and dramatic arrangements combine her love and reverence for nature with classical ornamental design. Tickets $55.

Elegant Tea
Koch Gallery 250
Saturday. April 26, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Sunday, April 27, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Monday, April 28, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Tickets required. 
Tickets: Adults $30, Children under 12 $10.
Parties may be combined as needed.

Marc Hall and Janie Haas: A Blooming Affair
Alfond Auditorium
Monday, April 28, 3–4 pm
Enjoy learning about the latest in design trends for events and weddings from Marc Hall, a renowned designer and event planner and Janie Haas, a 2013 award winner of Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston.” Tickets $25.

Special Events

Free with Museum admission.

Tom Strangfeld: The Entry Courtyard Garden
Alfond Auditorium
Saturday, April 26, 3–4 pm
Come let Tom show you how your front yard is far more than just another part of the landscape… rather it is the first room in your home, welcoming family and friends.

Art in Bloom French, Italian, and Russian Tours
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center.
Saturday, April 26, 2:45–3:45 pm
Tours given in French, Italian, and Russian include art and floral arrangements throughout the galleries.

Members' Night
Saturday, April 26, 6–9 pm
Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Enjoy a members-only viewing of the MFA’s 38th annual festival of fine art and flowers.

Family Day
Various locations throughout the Museum
Sunday, April 27, 10 am–3 pm
Celebrate Art in Bloom with family-friendly activities for all ages including live entertainment, art-making activities, and storytelling.

Dora Lee: Celebrate the Season of Color with Ikebana
Alfond Auditorium
Sunday, April 27, 3–4 pm
Drop in to see Dora Lee demonstrating Sogetsu Ikebana from basic to freestyle.

Daily Events

Free with Museum admission.

Art in Bloom Tours
Tours circulate continuously throughout the galleries.
10 am–3 pm
Tour the MFA’s collection and flower arrangements throughout the Museum.

Designing with Flowers
Druker Family Pavillion, Community Room 159
12–3 pm
Continuous demonstrations of flower arranging for your home.

Outdoor Walking Tours
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
1–2 pm
Discover the MFA’s architecture and gardens.

Give the Arts a Chance

Give the Arts a Chance Drawing
Monday, April 28, 4 pm
This benefit drawing features spectacular prizes and your tax-deductible contribution directly benefits the MFA! If you would like to receive a brochure and entry materials, please send an e-mail, including your name and mailing address, to


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