10 am–4:45 pm
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of free admission. Enjoy vibrant performances, dazzling exhibitions, engaging art-making activities and gallery tours, and much more!
See historic speeches delivered from Amalia Pica’s Now Speak! lectern, including remarks from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at Noon.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House is underwritten by the Citizens Bank Foundation.
“Now, Speak!” | 10 am–4:45 pm; ASL Interpretation 1–2 pm | Huntington Avenue Entrance
Community Arts Initiative Showcase | 10 am–4:45 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard
Story Hour | 10:30–11:30 am; ASL Interpreted | Gallery 171
Performances: Berklee College of Music Presents Ricardo Monzon | 11 am and 2 pm; Feeling for Form session for blind or low vision visitors at 1 pm | Remis Auditorium
Film:“Fados” (2007, 92 min.) | 3 pm | Alfond Auditorium
Drop in and enjoy hands-on art-making activities for all ages.
Meaningful Messages | 10 am–4 pm | Druker Family Pavilion 159
Drawing in the Galleries: My Community | 10 am–4 pm | Gallery 328
Inspirational Figures | 10 am–4 pm | Gallery 213
Put Yourself in a Painting | 11 am–3 pm | Druker Family Pavilion 160
Tours and Talks
Family Tours | Every 15 minutes from 10:30–11:45 am; multisensory Family Tour for visitors who are blind and others who benefit from tactile materials at 11:45 am | Meet at the Sharf Visitor Center
Spotlight Talks "Samba Spirit"| 11:30 am, Noon, and 12:30 pm; ASL Interpretation at Noon and 12:30 pm | Gallery 231
Highlights of the Museum Collections | Meet at the Sharf Visitor Center
- English 1 pm and 3 pm
- Portuguese 1:30 pm
- Spanish 2 pm
- American Sign Language (no spoken English) 2:30 pm
Access: The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit /access, call 617-267-9300 or TTY 617-369-3188, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.
Dining: Learn more about the dining options available at the MFA.
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
Parking: Please visit the Getting Here section of our website for more information.
Tickets: Tickets are required for free admission, available at all ticket desks.
All programs are wheelchair accessible.
Assistive listening devices are available in Remis Auditorium or at the Sharf Visitor Center.
Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision
Community Arts Initiative ShowcaseJanuary 20, 2014
9:00 am – 3:45 pm
View collaborative mixed-media collages by students from our CAI partners
Meaningful MessagesJanuary 20, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Visit the studio to create your own inspirational neon message
Drawing in the Galleries: My CommunityJanuary 20, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Create your own colorful drawing of a scene from your neighborhood
Inspirational FiguresJanuary 20, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Create a metal tribute to someone who has been an inspiring role model
Family TourJanuary 20, 2014
9:30 am – 10:45 am
Explore the Museum on a 30-minute kid-friendly tour
Performance: Berklee College of Music Presents Ricardo MonzonJanuary 20, 2014
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Listen to a high-energy set of Afro-Brazilian sounds and flavors
Put Yourself in a PaintingJanuary 20, 2014
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Choose images from the collection to recreate through collage and coloring
African American Artists Mini TourJanuary 20, 2014
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Choose between 19th and 20th Century Art or Contemporary Art
Spotlight TalkJanuary 20, 2014
10:30 am – 10:40 am
Enjoy a 10-minute talk in “Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art”