Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 5–9:45 pm

All events are free.

Enjoy an evening of art and activities celebrating Hanukkah. Tour the galleries to learn about the MFA’s collection of Judaica, sketch or watch a film, and hear festive musical performances throughout the Museum. Don’t miss the virtual reality art installation—back for a second year, as part of 8 Nights 8 Windows—a project of  the New Center for Arts and Culture and Combined Jewish Philanthropies bringing the miracle, illumination, and innovation of Hanukkah to Boston.

Special Events

Welcome and Community Candle Lighting 6:30 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard
Virtual Reality Experience: Between Lands 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 pm | Trustee Room, Art of the Americas Wing, Level 3
Selections from the Boston Jewish Film Festival: The Light in Darkness 5, 6:30, and 8:30 pm | Remis Auditorium
Twitter Poetry 6–9 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard

Music

Jazz with Two-Shekel Swing 6–8:30 pm | Gallery 268
Klezwoods 7, 7:45, and 8:30 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard
Cantor Peter Halpern with Pianist Victor Cayres 7, 7:40, and 8:20 pm | Upper Rotunda
Peri Smilow 7:20, 8 and 8:40 pm | Koch Gallery, 250

Art-Making Activities

Dreidels Blind or Low Vision 5–9pm | Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Menorah Making Blind or Low Vision 5–9 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard
Symbols in Judaism 5–9 pm | Edward H. Linde Gallery, 168
Drawing in the Galleries 6–9 pm | Gallery 268

Tours and Talks

Lecture: Judaica at the MFA Assistive Listening System 7:30–8:15 pm | Alfond Auditorium
Spotlight Talks: Judaica 6, 7, 7:30 and 8 pm | Galleries 127 and 328 (Art of Americas), and Galleries 142 and 252 (Art of Europe)
Highlights of the Museum Collection in ASL 6 pm | Meet at the Sharf Visitor Center ASL Interpretation
MFA Guide MFA Guide availableAssistive Listening SystemAudio DescriptionASL Interpretation Available at all ticket desks and Gund Gallery.

Additional Information

Access: 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.

Dining: To learn more visit the Dining section of our website. The Garden Cafeteria will stay open late, until 8 pm; and Taste Cafe will feature festive treats. 

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

Above: Yehia Yemini, Hanukkah lamp, 1920s. Silver. Charles and Lynn Shusterman Collection.


In This Series
Between Lands Virtual Reality Experience

Special Event

Virtual Reality Experience: Between Lands
December 9, 2015
5:00 pm5:30 pm

Experience this audio/visual art installation blurring the line between our physical and digital lives. Using virtual reality technology,...

Film Still from 7 Day Gig

Special Event

Selections from the Boston Jewish Film Festival: The Light in Darkness
December 9, 2015
5:00 pm6:00 pm

Drop by to watch a selection of short films from the Boston Jewish Film Festival curated around the theme of finding humor in dark moments....

Children standing at table making dreidels out of clay

Special Event

Art-Making Activity: Dreidels
December 9, 2015
5:00 pm9:00 pm

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel… create your own clay dreidel with local artist Tova Speter, founder of The MEM Project. Be inspired by the designs...

Youths and adults standing at long table making dreidels

Special Event

Art-Making Activity: Menorah Making
December 9, 2015
5:00 pm9:00 pm

Visit Hilary Zelson’s large-scale menorah for inspiration as you celebrate the light of Hanukah and create your own menorah.

Girl adjusting to circle of colored stained glass cellophane hanging in front of window

Special Event

Art-Making Activity: Symbols in Judaism
December 9, 2015
5:00 pm9:00 pm

The lion is a common symbol in Jewish arts and culture. Visit the Hanukkah lamp in Gallery 142 for inspiration—it has five lions! Come back to...

Between Lands Virtual Reality Experience

Special Event

Virtual Reality Experience: Between Lands
December 9, 2015
5:30 pm6:00 pm

Experience this audio/visual art installation blurring the line between our physical and digital lives. Using virtual reality technology,...

Between Lands Virtual Reality Experience

Special Event

Virtual Reality Experience: Between Lands
December 9, 2015
6:00 pm6:30 pm

Experience this audio/visual art installation blurring the line between our physical and digital lives. Using virtual reality technology,...

Close-up of smartphone, taking photograph overlooking Shapiro Family Courtyard

Special Event

Twitter Poetry
December 9, 2015
6:00 pm9:00 pm

Get social with Emily Jaeger, co-editor and co-founder of the Window Cat micro-press, a zine and tumblr for young, emerging artists, and Tweet...

Two-Shekel Swing

Special Event

Music: Jazz with Two-Shekel Swing
December 9, 2015
6:00 pm8:30 pm

Channeling jazz legends Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, Israeli violinist, Yoni Battat and guitarist Adam Shapiro present Hanukkah tunes you...

Woman sketching a bearded man sitting on large drawing pad

Special Event

Drawing in the Galleries
December 9, 2015
6:00 pm9:00 pm

Get drawing tips and ideas from an artist as you sketch in the galleries.

Gallery instructor leading spotlight talk about Judaica objects

Special Event

Spotlight Talks: Judaica
December 9, 2015
6:00 pm6:15 pm

Drop in to enjoy an educational talk about works of art in the MFA’s collection of Judaica. Visit any of these galleries at any of the times listed...

Large crowd watching community candle lighting

Special Event

Welcome and Community Candle Lighting
December 9, 2015
6:30 pm7:00 pm

Join Ann and Graham Gund Director Matthew Teitelbaum for welcome remarks, followed by a community candle lighting led by Rabbi Elaine Zecher of...

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Sponsors

Hanukkah at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is presented in partnership with the New Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), and in collaboration with the Boston Jewish Music Festival (BJMF) and the Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF).

Support provided by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.