Enjoy free activities for families all week long. Create your own artwork in our galleries and studio space, explore different areas of the collection with our Art Connections Cards, and check out a tote bag from the Sharf Visitor Center.
Family Art-Making Activities
10 am–4 pm daily
The New Year is a time to reflect upon the past, and make plans for the future. Join us in taking inspiration from the past to create the artwork of today and beyond. Bring home your artwork to enjoy all year.
Americas through the Ages Charm Necklace Art of the Americas Wing Level 3
Explore the four floors of the Art of the Americas Wing. As you move from the oldest American art in the lower level (LG) to the modern work on the top level, think about the connections you can make between the art of the past and the present. Create your own charm necklace inspired by the art you see and the connections you make.
New Year's Resolution Postcard Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery 184
Available until 8 pm on Wednesday, December 26
Step back in time to 100 years ago and see how postcards depicted daily life in "The Postcard Age." Create your own postcard for the coming year with your New Year's resolution on the back and a drawing of yourself accomplishing it on the front!
Coin Design Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins 212C
Marvel at different types of coins from the ancient world. Notice the symbols, mottos, and metals in these miniature sculptures; then design and emboss your own coin creation.
Pets: Then and Now Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion Room 159
Search for a variety of animals in the woodblock prints in "Cats to Crickets: Pets in Japan’s Floating World" (Gallery 278A). Examine how animals were part of daily life in Japan in the 1700s and 1800s, and then join us in the studio Room 159 to create a print about the role of animals in your life today.
Art Connections Cards Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up an Art Connections Card and explore the Museum looking for artwork about chocolate, cats, celebrations, and more. Made possible by the Lowell Institute
Passport to the Americas Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up one of these helpful family guides to the Art of the Americas Wing.
MFA Guide Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center
Explore the Museum in the Guide for Kids and Families. Families and kids ages 6 to 10 will enjoy some amazing and amusing works of art in a guide just for them.
Nonmembers $6; members $5; kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.
Made possible through the generous support of the John W. Henry Family Foundation
Visiting the MFA with Children Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up one of our pocket-sized guides with tips for visiting and exploring the Museum with children.
Behind the Scenes Art of the Americas Wing 125 and 225
Peek behind the scenes to learn about all the hidden work that happens every day here at the MFA. Watch a video, play around on the interactive kiosks, or just relax and enjoy a view of Boston.
In This Series
December 26, 2012
Made possible by The Lowell Institute.