Ready, Set, Recycle

Tuesday–Friday, April 19–22, 2016
10 am–4 pm (Wednesday to 8 pm)

Free admission for kids all week.

From painted landscapes to recycled trash sculptures, artists celebrate our planet in creative and beautiful ways. Create your own recycled art, watch a green performance, go on a family tour, and listen to nature stories. Enjoy free drop-in activities all week inspired by the exhibition “Megacities Asia.”

All ages and abilities welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. FREE admission for kids all week. (Kids 6 and under always get FREE admission to the MFA, and kids 7 to 17 are free during non-school hours. See Visiting with Kids for more information.)


Family Art Walk
Sharf Visitor Center | Every 15 minutes from 10:15 am to Noon, ASL Interpretation Wed at 10:15 am Sign Language Interpretation
Explore art inspired by the natural world on these 30-minute guided tours. Fun for all ages.

Story Hour
Gallery 171 | 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, ASL Interpretation Wed at 1:30 pm Sign Language Interpretation
Drop by to hear cool stories about caring for our planet. Stay for one story or for the whole hour. Great for toddlers.

Green Music
Alfond Auditorium | 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, ASL Interpretation Wed at 11:30 am Sign Language Interpretation
Listen to musicians make marvelous melodies with instruments crafted out of trash and recycled items. Performances last 30 minutes.

Art Making Activities

10 am–4 pm (Wednesday to 8 pm)

Majestic Mountains
Gallery 332
Marvel at the paintings of mountains by Lawren Harris in Gallery 332. Look closely. Which mountain is your favorite? Create your own majestic mountain collage from paper.

Found Objects, Fabulous Art!
Shapiro Family Courtyard
Visit the Upper Hemicycle, 249, and take a look at Alchemy, created by the artist Choi Jeong Hwa from everyday objects, like plastic bowls. Walk downstairs to the Shapiro Family Courtyard to create your own hanging sculpture out of paper plates and egg cartons.

Trash to Treasure: Louise Nevelson Project
Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Take a good look at the large black sculpture by Louise Nevelson in Gallery 262, Mirror-Shadow VIII. She recycled trash and pieces of wood to make her unique sculptures. Head downstairs to Room 159 to design your own inky black sculptural masterpiece.

Lovely Landscapes
Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160
Artists have always been inspired by our beautiful earth. Gaze at a landscape in the Museum’s galleries. Look closely. What draws your attention? Is there a place in nature that you love to think about? Return to the art studio to paint your own lovely landscape.

Additional Resources

Art Connections Cards | Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up an Art Connections Card and explore writing, chocolate, birds, and other themes throughout the Museum.
Made possible by Arthur R. Hilsinger and Barbara J. Janson.

MFA Guide: Kids’ Tour | Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center
The MFA Guide kids’ mobile tour introduces young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas and Contemporary collections. The galleries are brought to life with the help of three quirky characters: Lucia, a high school reporter; Steve, an adventurous 10-year-old; and Malone, an art detective. Together they help kids look at art in new, creative ways.
Available at all ticket desks. $5 member; $6 nonmember; $4 kids 17 and under. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA | Sharf Visitor Center
Available in English and Spanish. Pick up this free pocket-sized informational guide on visiting and exploring the Museum with kids. Includes tips, gallery games, and ideas for looking at and discussing art together.

Behind the Scenes Galleries | Galleries 125 and 225, Art of the Americas Wing
Peek behind the scenes to learn about all the hidden work that happens every day at the MFA. Watch a video, explore the interactive kiosks, or just relax and enjoy views of Boston.

Access: The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Access, call 617-267-9300 or TTY 617-369-3188, or e-mail Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Wheelchair Accessibility    All programs are wheelchair accessible
Assistive Listening System    Assisted listening device
Sign Language Interpretation    ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision    Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision
Audio Description    Audio description


All ages

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