Free admission for all!

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to ring in the Year of the Monkey! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Be sure to find the vibrant floral arrangements around the building and stop in for an Asian-inspired lunch at the Garden Cafeteria. And visit the MFA’s newest display, featuring art from the prosperous and vibrant Song dynasty (960–1279)—regarded as a pinnacle of Chinese art and aesthetics.

Special Events

Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight 10 am–4 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard
The Art of Tết: Vietnamese Lunar New Year Noon–1 pm; Alfond Auditorium Sign Language InterpretationAssistive Listening System
Pop-Up Performance: Syncopasian 1:30-1:45 and 2:30-2:45 pm; Gallery 268
Lion Dance: Gund Kwok 1:30-2:15 pm and 3:30-4:15 pm; Remis Auditorium Assistive Listening System
WordSong presents Dawn 2:30–3:15 pm; Alfond Auditorium

Tours and Walks

Family Art Walks 10:15, 10:30, 10:45, 11, 11:15, 11:30, 11:45 am, and Noon; Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
American Sign Language Highlight Tour 10:30 am; Meet at Sharf Visitor Center Sign Language Interpretation
Mandarin Highlight Tour: Art of Asia 11:30 am; Meet at Sharf Visitor Center Assistive Listening System
Spotlight Talks: Art of Asia 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, and 3:30 pm; Galleries 176, 179, 271, 274, and 285 Sign Language Interpretation ASL interpretation available 2–3:30 pm.
MFA Guide Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center Sign Language InterpretationAssistive Listening SystemAudio descriptionAudio guide

Demonstrations

Gong-Fu 10:30–11 am and Noon–12:30 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard
Saebae 11 am–Noon, 1–2, and 3–4 pm; Riley Seminar Room
Meditation of the Monkey Mind 10:30–11 am and 1–1:30 pm; Gallery 280

Art Making Activities Blind or Low Vision

Monkey Puppets 10 am–4 pm; Gallery 168
Bok Jumoni 10 am–4 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard Sign Language Interpretation
Chinese Hand Drums 10 am–4 pm | Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159 Sign Language Interpretation
Family Art Cart 10 am–4 pm, Sharf Visitor Center

Additional Information

Access: The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Access, email 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.
Groups: We do not allow group visits during open house days given the large number of participants. We hope groups may opt to visit on another day to fully enjoy all the MFA has to offer. For more information, please follow these links: Adult and University Groups; School and Youth Groups; Nonprofit Agencies and Community Organizations.
Tickets: Tickets are required for free admission, available at all ticket desks.

Audio description    Audio description
Sign Language Interpretation    ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision    Blind or low vision access
Assistive Listening System    Assistive listening device
Wheelchair Accessibility    All programs are wheelchair accessible.


Mark Your Calendar

Artist Demonstration: Chinese Paper Collage with Wu Jian’an Sunday, February 7; Noon–3 pm
Nowruz 2016 Saturday, March 19
Megacities Asia April 3–July 17
Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures February 15–19

Audience

All ages


Sponsors

Presented in partnership with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, the Korean Cultural Society of Boston, Vietaid, and the Chinese Culture Connection.

Additional support provided by the National Museum of Korea (NMK).


In This Series
Two young visitors applying glue to construction paper with gluesticks

Special Event

Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight
February 6, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Students from the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and the greater BCNC community created this collaborative work of art over the last several...

Young visitor decorating plastic bowl at long row of table surrounded by families

Special Event

Art Making Activity: Bok Jumoni
February 6, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Make your own bok jumoni for keeping coins and tokens.

Visitor sitting next to baby holding yellow lantern made of construction paper

Special Event

Art Making Activity: Chinese Hand Drums
February 6, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Design and create a Chinese hand drum to make some noise to ring in the New Year!

Young visitor with turtle shell backpack kneels on floor drawing on red paper

Special Event

Art Making Activity: Monkey Puppets
February 6, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Did you know that 2016 is the year of the monkey? Make a marvelous monkey puppet with inspiration from works in the MFA’s collection.

Special Event

Family Art Cart
February 6, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Choose from activities designed to guide you through the galleries with fun facts, scavenger hunts, games, and more.

Woman holding child looking into art display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
February 6, 2016
10:15 am10:45 am

Explore the Museum on the 30-minute kid-friendly tour with one of our Museum educators.

Woman holding child looking into art display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
February 6, 2016
10:30 am11:00 am

Explore the Museum on the 30-minute kid-friendly tour with one of our Museum educators.

Woman signing American Sign Language in front of artwork on wall

Special Event

American Sign Language Highlight Tour
February 6, 2016
10:30 am11:30 am

Tour masterpieces from the Museum’s collections on this one-hour tour led by guide Leon Jerfita.

Young gong-fu student leaping on top of row of fellow performers

Special Event

Demonstration: Gong-Fu
February 6, 2016
10:30 am11:00 am

Enjoy an interactive demonstration of Gong-Fu—a form of Chinese martial arts and a lion dance by children from the Chinese Culture Connection.

Terracotta bead in the form of monkey head

Special Event

Demonstration: Meditation of the Monkey Mind
February 6, 2016
10:30 am11:00 am

Begin the year of the Monkey by taming your “Monkey Mind” and learning the fine art of meditation.

Woman holding child looking into art display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
February 6, 2016
10:45 am11:15 am

Explore the Museum on the 30-minute kid-friendly tour with one of our Museum educators.

Woman holding child looking into art display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
February 6, 2016
11:00 am11:30 am

Explore the Museum on the 30-minute kid-friendly tour with one of our Museum educators.

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