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


In This Series
Demonstration of saebae; man in traditional Korean attire reaches forward to place paper in front of two young girls

Special Event

Demonstration: Saebae
February 6, 2016
11:00 am12:00 pm

Participate in a traditional bowing and greeting ceremony practiced in Korea during New Year celebrations with members of the Korean Cultural Society...

Woman holding child looking into art display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
February 6, 2016
11:15 am11:45 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
11:30 am12:00 pm

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

Earthenware statue of horse from Tan Dynasty

Special Event

Mandarin Highlight Tour: Art of Asia
February 6, 2016
11:30 am12:30 pm

Join a one-hour tour in Mandarin Chinese, featuring masterpieces from the Museum’s Asian art collections.

Woman holding child looking into art display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
February 6, 2016
11:45 am12:15 pm

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

Vietnamese incense burner with dragon handle and phoenix cover from 3rd century A.D.

Special Event

The Art of Tết: Vietnamese Lunar New Year
February 6, 2016
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Enjoy a presentation about how Tết is celebrated throughout the world through art, music, and performance.

Woman holding child looking into art display case

Special Event

Family Art Walk
February 6, 2016
12:00 pm12:30 pm

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

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

Special Event

Demonstration: Gong-Fu
February 6, 2016
12:00 pm12:30 pm

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

Visitors standing around statue of Guanyin, listening to guide

Special Event

Spotlight Talk: Art of Asia
February 6, 2016
12:30 pm12:45 pm

Drop in to enjoy an educational talk about works of art in the MFA’s Art of Asia collections, including Korea, Vietnam, and China. Visit any of the...

Visitors standing around statue of Guanyin, listening to guide

Special Event

Spotlight Talk: Art of Asia
February 6, 2016
1:00 pm1:15 pm

Drop in to enjoy an educational talk about works of art in the MFA’s Art of Asia collections, including Korea, Vietnam, and China. Visit any of the...

Demonstration of saebae; man in traditional Korean attire reaches forward to place paper in front of two young girls

Special Event

Demonstration: Saebae
February 6, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Participate in a traditional bowing and greeting ceremony practiced in Korea during New Year celebrations with members of the Korean Cultural Society...

Terracotta bead in the form of monkey head

Special Event

Demonstration: Meditation of the Monkey Mind
February 6, 2016
1:00 pm1:30 pm

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

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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).