10 am–5 pm

Free fun for all!

Welcome to the MFA’s annual free Fall Open House and The Fenway Alliance’s 15th annual Opening Our Doors Day. Hear a medley of musical delights throughout the day including a concert by musicians from the Boston Pops and a performance by Guatemalan choir Coro Victoria celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Enjoy a range of art-making activities and tours for families and adults—and a full calendar of ASL and ASL-interpreted events.

Music, Dance, and Storytelling

MetaMovements & Silent Rhythms Sign Language Interpretation   Blind or Low Vision | 9:30–11 am, Huntington Avenue Entrance
Unseen Borders: Stories in Sign and Voice Sign Language Interpretation | 11–11:45 am, Alfond Auditorium
Coro Victoria | 12-12:30 and 2-2:30 pm; Gallery 250
Musicians from the Boston Pops | 1–2 and 2:30–3:30 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard
Street Pianos Boston | Ongoing, Huntington Avenue Entrance

Tours and Talks

Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Family Art Walks Sign Language Interpretation   Assistive Listening System | 10:30 and 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm (ASL interpretation at 12:30 pm); 1:30 pm Tour en español
Highlight Tours: “Making Modern” Sign Language Interpretation   Assistive Listening System | 11 am, Noon, 1, 2, and 3 pm; 1:30 pm (ASL Tour, no spoken English translation); 2:30 pm Tour en español

Art-Making Activities

10 am–4 pm

Maya Vessels Sign Language Interpretation   Blind or Low Vision | Gallery LG32
Circles and Ovals Blind or Low Vision | Gallery 332
Color, Paint, Color Sign Language Interpretation   Blind or Low Vision | Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

Additional Resources and Accessibility

MFA Guide | Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and Gund Gallery (LG31) Members $5; nonmembers $6; kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind. Audio Description   ASL Interpretation   MFA Guide   Assistive Listening System CC
Art Connections Cards | Sharf Visitor Center
Sighted Guides Blind or Low Vision | Available throughout the day. Please contact access@mfa.org or call 617-369-3189 to arrange a meeting place for a sighted guide and tour information.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) and Large-Type Maps Assistive Listening System   Blind or Low Vision | Sharf Visitor Center

The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Accessibility, e-mail access@mfa.org, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Additional Information

Groups: We do not allow group visits during Open House days given the large number of visitors. 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

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

Dining

Wheelchair Accessibility  All programs are wheelchair accessible
Assistive Listening System  Assistive 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

Audience

All ages


In This Series

Special Event

MetaMovements & Silent Rhythms
Monday, October 10, 2016
9:30 am11:00 am

Dance your way into the MFA with MetaMovements (MM). MM dancers and instructors lead salsa lessons and Latin dance lines for people of all ages and...

Special Event

Family Art-Making Activity: Maya Vessels
Monday, October 10, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Look closely at the many Maya vessels in the gallery and explore the stories told through the images on these vases and plates. Design your own Maya...

Special Event

Family Art-Making Activity: Circles and Ovals
Monday, October 10, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Look at the painting, Two Figures by Carlos Merida in Gallery 335. The women in the painting are made using circular and oval shapes. Learn how to...

German abstract expressionism painting

Special Event

Family Art-Making Activity: Color, Paint, Color
Monday, October 10, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Visit Hans Hofmann’s painting Swap Series II— Autumnal Glory to see how thick the paint is on the canvas. Head over to the Druker Family Pavilion to...

Father with child pointing up at display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
Monday, October 10, 2016
10:30 am11:00 am

Tour the galleries to visit ancient and modern Latin American art on this 30-minute, family-friendly tour.

Special Event

Unseen Borders: Stories in Sign and Voice
Monday, October 10, 2016
11:00 am11:45 am

Storytellers Tony Toledo and KR Glickman let listeners see and hear multigenerational folktales from Italy, Finland, and more.

Special Event

Highlight Tour: “Making Modern”
Monday, October 10, 2016
11:00 am12:00 pm

Join a one-hour tour featuring “Making Modern.” Explore works by Frida Kahlo, Alfredo Lam, Stuart Davis, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Father with child pointing up at display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
Monday, October 10, 2016
11:30 am12:00 pm

Tour the galleries to visit ancient and modern Latin American art on this 30-minute, family-friendly tour.

Special Event

Coro Victoria
Monday, October 10, 2016
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Coro Victoria, a Guatemalan choir directed by Julio Cesar Santos Campos, brings music and Guatemalan culture to Boston to celebrate the Mes de la...

Special Event

Highlight Tour: “Making Modern”
Monday, October 10, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join a one-hour tour featuring “Making Modern.” Explore works by Frida Kahlo, Alfredo Lam, Stuart Davis, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Father with child pointing up at display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
Monday, October 10, 2016
12:30 pm1:00 pm

Tour the galleries to visit ancient and modern Latin American art on this 30-minute, family-friendly tour.

Special Event

Musicians from the Boston Pops
Monday, October 10, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join the Pops and Thomas Wilkins, BSO Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor, for a lively concert in the Courtyard featuring music by...

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Sponsors

Fall Open House is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial.