#mfaBoston #freefunfridays

10 am–10 pm
Free admission for all

Join us for our 8th annual Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday and enjoy hands-on art-making activities, engaging tours, thought-provoking exhibitions and more—all for free! Don’t miss Jakarta-based artists Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett, who present their interactive performance, Urban Play—Playing Data, a culmination of their month-long residency in Boston in conjunction with “Megacities Asia,” on view through July 17.

The MFA is one of 80 cultural venues from around the state offering free admission this summer, thanks to support of the Highland Street Foundation. Learn more about Free Fun Fridays.

Special Events

Urban Plan—Playing Data | 12:30–4 pm, Various locations 

Family Art-making Activities

Breathing Blossoms | 9:30 am–2 pm, Huntington Avenue Entrance (Rain location: 10 am–2 pm, Gallery 250)
Enchanting Chandeliers | 11 am–3 pm, Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Drawing in the Galleries | 11 am–3 pm, Gallery 242


Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Highlights of the Museum Collections | 10:30–11:30 am
Three Masterpieces from Asia | 11 am–11:30 am
Art of the Americas | 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Introduction to the Contemporary Collection | Noon–12:45 pm
3 in 30 Minutes | 12:30–1 pm
Art of the Ancient World | 1–2 pm
Art of Europe | 2–3 pm
Art of the Americas | 3–4 pm

More to Explore

Artist Toolbox Cart: Painting | 11 am–4 pm, Gallery 255
Family Art Cart | 10 am–4 pm, Sharf Visitor Center
Art Connections Activity Cards | Sharf Visitor Center
MFA Guide | Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and Gund Gallery, LG31 Audio descriptionSign Language InterpretationAssistive Listening SystemMFA Guide CC
Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) and Maps Wheelchair AccessibilityAssistive Listening System

Dining Options

Garden Cafeteria $ | 10 am–8 pm | Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level G
Taste Café and Wine Bar $ | 10:30 am–9 pm | Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level 1
New American Café $$ | 10 am–9 pm (Lunch service begins at 11:30 am) | Shapiro Family Courtyard
Bravo $$$ | 11:30 am–3 pm and 5:30–8:30 pm | Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level 2

Additional Information

Tickets: Tickets are required for free admission, available at all ticket desks. Please note: Film tickets are not free.

Parking: On-site parking at the Museum can fill up quickly—especially during popular exhibitions, holidays, and free days—we encourage you to take advantage of public transportation. Visit the Getting Here section of our website for more information. Please note, from 10 am–4 pm valet parking will be located at the Fenway Entrance and will resume at 4 pm at the Huntington Avenue Entrance. There will be no bus parking on July 8.

In This Series

Special Event

Art Making: Breathing Blossoms
Friday, July 8, 2016
9:30 am2:00 pm

Did you see the giant Breathing Flower by Choi Jeong Hwa on your way into the Museum? In many Asian cultures, the lotus flower represents an open...

Large chandelier in mirrored room

Special Event

Art Making: Enchanting Chandeliers
Friday, July 8, 2016
11:00 am3:00 pm

Discover the dazzling spinning chandelier Chaosmos Mandala by Choi Jeong Hwa, in Gallery 178. Snap a selfie in this enchanting room, and then head to...

Special Event

Art Making: Drawing in the Galleries
Friday, July 8, 2016
11:00 am3:00 pm

Draw nature, a live clothed model, and art in the Dutch gallery! All ranges of drawing experience are welcome!

Gallery Activities and Tours

Artist Toolbox Cart: Painting
Friday, July 8, 2016
11:00 am4:00 pm

Explore the tools and materials that artists use, right in the galleries


Generously supported by the Highland Street Foundation.