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


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, 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.


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.

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