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
Members of MIT a capella group, Syncopasian

Special Event

Pop-Up Performance: Syncopasian
February 6, 2016
1:30 pm1:45 pm

Join Syncopasian, MIT’s East Asian student a cappella group and 2015 Collegiate Champions of the TV competition series, Sing That Thing! The...

Lion dance troupe performing on stage

Special Event

Lion Dance: Gund Kwok
February 6, 2016
1:30 pm2:15 pm

Watch a festive Chinese Lion Dance procession and enjoy an exciting, interactive performance by Gund Kwok, the only Asian women’s Lion and Dragon...

Visitors standing around statue of Guanyin, listening to guide

Special Event

Spotlight Talk: Art of Asia
February 6, 2016
1:30 pm1:45 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
2:00 pm2:15 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.

Members of MIT a capella group, Syncopasian

Special Event

Pop-Up Performance: Syncopasian
February 6, 2016
2:30 pm2:45 pm

Join Syncopasian, MIT’s East Asian student a cappella group and 2015 Collegiate Champions of the TV competition series, Sing That Thing! The...

Painting of reflection of treetops and clouds in rippled water

Special Event

WordSong presents Dawn
February 6, 2016
2:30 pm3:15 pm

Join WordSong, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, in concert and conversation, for a newly commissioned performance by four composers. The...

Visitors standing around statue of Guanyin, listening to guide

Special Event

Spotlight Talk: Art of Asia
February 6, 2016
2:30 pm2:45 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.

Visitors standing around statue of Guanyin, listening to guide

Special Event

Spotlight Talk: Art of Asia
February 6, 2016
3:00 pm3:15 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.

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
3:00 pm4:00 pm

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

Lion dance troupe performing on stage

Special Event

Lion Dance: Gund Kwok
February 6, 2016
3:30 pm4:15 pm

Watch a festive Chinese Lion Dance procession and enjoy an exciting, interactive performance by Gund Kwok, the only Asian women’s Lion and Dragon...

Visitors standing around statue of Guanyin, listening to guide

Special Event

Spotlight Talk: Art of Asia
February 6, 2016
3:30 pm3:45 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.

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