Engage with art and culture in newly renovated galleries and special exhibitions. Visit to enjoy free admission for all, activities, tours, music, and much more!

10 am–4:45 pm
Free admission for all

Special Events

Play Me, I’m Yours | 10 am–4:45 pm | Bank of America Plaza on the Avenue of the Arts (Rain location: Shapiro Family Courtyard)
The Mmmmaven Project | 11 am–4 pm; Feeling for Form session for blind or low vision visitors at 10:15-10:45 am | Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Performance Art: C.D.B. (Columbus Day Blues) | 11 am–1 pm | Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art
Hispanic Heritage Month Short Films | 1 and 3 pm | Alfond Auditorium  

Blind or Low Vision Family Art-Making Activities

Drop in and enjoy hands-on art-making activities for all ages.

Curious Creations | 10 am–4 pm | Edward H. Linde Gallery, 168
Watercolor Inspirations | 10 am–4 pm | Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160
Drawing in the Galleries | 10 am–4 pm | Gallery 213
Passport to the Americas | 10 am–4:45 pm | Sharf Visitor Center
Art Connections | 10 am–4:45 pm | Sharf Visitor Center
A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA | 10 am–4:45 pm | Sharf Visitor Center

Assistive Listening System Sign Language InterpretationTours and Talks

Family Tours | Every 15 minutes from 10:30–11:45 am; ASL Interpretation at 10:30 and 11:15 am; Feeling for Form family tour for blind or low vision visitors at 11 am | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
Spotlight Talks | 11 and 11:30 am, Noon, and 12:30 pm; ASL Interpretation at 11:30 am and Noon | Gallery 172
Highlights of the Museum’s Collections | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
American Sign Language (no spoken English) 12:30 pm | English 1 and 3 pm | Portuguese 1:30 pm | Spanish 2 pm
ASL MFA Guide Demonstration | 1:30 pm | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

MFA Guide Sign Language Interpretation Blind or Low Vision Assistive Listening System Audio Description MFA Guide—“John Singer Sargent Watercolors”

Celebrate Sargent at the MFA. Rent a mobile MFA Guide for an up-close look at his unconventional approach to watercolors, and hear from curators, conservators, and experts on the art and life of this celebrated painter. Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and Gund Gallery, LG31
Nonmembers $6; members $5; kids 17 and under $4 | Free for visitors who are deaf or blind
MFA Guide is made possible through the generous support of the John W. Henry Family Foundation.

Featured Exhibitions

The Museum has an incredible array of exhibitions this fall; be sure to visit “Hippie Chic” if the spirit of the ‘60s moves you, or if nature is your calling, don’t miss “Audubon’s Birds, Audubon’s Words” —a great show for children too! “Think Pink” opens to the public October 3 and “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” opens October 13. Don’t miss “She Who Tells a Story” featuring women photographers from Iran and the Arab World and be sure to visit the new Benin Kingdom Gallery highlighting rare West African works of art.

Additional Information

The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit /access, e-mail, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). To request a sighted guide to enjoy events of the day, or to request a touch tour related to the theme of the day, please call 617-369-3302 or e-mail by October 7.

Dining: Learn more about the dining options available at the MFA.

Groups: We do not allow group visits during Open House days given the large number of participants. We hope groups may opt to visit on another day to fully enjoy all the MFA has to offer. For more information, please follow these links:
Adult and University Groups
School and Youth Groups
Nonprofit Agencies and Community Organizations

Parking: Please visit Getting Here for more information.

Tickets: Tickets are required for free admission, available at all ticket desks.


Wheelchair Accessibility All programs are wheelchair accessible
Assistive Listening System Assistive listening devices are available in Remis Auditorium or at the Sharf Visitor Center
Sign Language Interpretation ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision
Audio Description Audio description 


Fall Open House is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial and Columbia Management