Join Museum curators, conservators, educators, independent scholars, artists, and graduate students for weekly gallery talks. Learn about art, culture, and history in the MFA collection. Talks focus on special exhibitions and the permanent collection. Select gallery talks offer a “behind-the-scenes” look at the work of conservators, exhibition designers, and other staff at the MFA. One-hour gallery talks are free with Museum admission and start in the Sharf Visitor Center. Please note: Gallery talks are geared toward an adult audience.


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Gallery Activities and Tours

The Early Flute in England
August 3, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Local performer Lidia Chang will discuss the history, design, and musical role of the flute in England between 1770 and 1830. Using several early...

urial chamber of a Egyptian governor and his wife

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A 4000 Year Old Egyptian Governor
August 4, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

This gallery talk led by Denise Doxey, curator, Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, shares the story of a burial chamber of a Egyptian...

Impressionist painting of Seine River by Claude Monet

Gallery Activities and Tours

Painting Outdoors: Monet to Van Gogh
August 6, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join Barbara Martin, Alfond Curator of Education for this Gallery Talk.

Mayan Burial Urns

Gallery Activities and Tours

Roots of Mexico
August 10, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Join guest lecturer Christine Garnier as we look closely at different ritual objects from pre-Columbian societies.

An East Asian spiritual figure

Gallery Activities and Tours

Making a New Gallery Sing- Conservation and Planning for Song Dynasty...
August 11, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Nancy Berliner, and conservator Abigail Hykin for a behind-the-scenes look at the newly installed Song Dynasty...

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HOT Stuff at the MFA
August 13, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

In the heat of summer, join this gallery talk led by museum educator and guest lecturer Nicole Claris, to explore hot works at the MFA.

Probably Moxos missions, Alto Peru, Missal stand (atril) 1725-30

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European Encounters with the New World, 1671-1867
August 14, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Join us for a cross-cultural dialogue on the European presence in the New World with guest lecturer Christine Garnier.

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Behind the Scenes: Seeing through the Surface of Art with X-...
August 17, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Paper conservation fellow Maggie Wessling and object conservation fellow Casey Mallinckrodt will discuss the uses of x-rays and other imaging...

Glazed terracotta sculpture by Andrea della Robbia, featuring two-faced person in the center holding a snake and mirror

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Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence
August 18, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join Art of Europe curator of decorative arts and sculpture and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica, Marietta Cambareri, for a closer look at “...

Jackson Pollock, Troubled Queen, 1945

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Pollock/Picasso
August 21, 2016
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Join Adam Tessier, head of interpretation, to explore this new gallery installation.

Glazed terracotta sculpture by Andrea della Robbia, featuring two-faced person in the center holding a snake and mirror

Gallery Activities and Tours

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence
August 24, 2016
6:00 pm7:00 pm

Join Art of Europe curator of decorative arts and sculpture and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica, Marietta Cambareri, for a closer look at “...

Detail of Luca della Robbia's sculpture Virgin and Child with Lilies

Gallery Activities and Tours

Behind the Scenes: Object Conservation and Renaissance Ceramics
August 25, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Explore object conservation through examples of Renaissance glazed ceramics in the exhibit Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence...

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