10 am–5 pm

Free admission for all

Spend your Memorial Day at the Museum and enjoy exhibitions and programs for and by visitors of all ages. Don’t miss “Megacities Asia.” “Megacities Asia” featuring works by 11 artists who explore global issues of urbanization, consumption, and sustainability—and join local artists and students who interpret and explore Boston’s urban reality.

Drop in on a range of hands-on art-making activities, tour the galleries with trained experts, and meet artists from ArtLifting who have created original works of art in response to “Megacities” and its themes of urban development, migration, consumption, and sustainability.

Don’t miss other special exhibitions: “#techstyle,” “Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso,” and “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris.”

Special Events

Musical Performance: Sociedad Latina 1–1:30 pm | Remis Auditorium Blind or Low VisionAssistive Listening System
Showcase: ArtLifting 10 am–5 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard

Art-Making Activities

10 am–4 pm

Community Mural: Neighborhood Fun Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, 159 Blind or Low VisionSign Language Interpretation
Flocking in Flight Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, 160 Blind or Low VisionSign Language Interpretation
Breathing Blossoms Huntington Avenue Entrance Blind or Low Vision
Drawing in the Galleries Calderwood Courtyard

Tours, Talks, and Walks

Family Walks 10:30 am, Noon, 1:30 pm | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center Sign Language InterpretationAssistive Listening System
Guided Tours Various times throughout the day | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

  • 10:30 am | Highlights of the Museum Collections Assistive Listening SystemSign Language Interpretation
  • 11 am | Three Masterpieces from Asia Assistive Listening System
  • 11:30 am | Art of the Americas Assistive Listening System
  • Noon | Introduction to the Contemporary Collection Assistive Listening SystemSign Language Interpretation
  • 12:30 pm | 3 in 30 Minutes Assistive Listening System
  • 1 pm | Art of the Ancient World Assistive Listening System
  • 2 pm | Art of Europe Assistive Listening System
  • 3 pm |Art of the Americas Assistive Listening System

ArtLifting Spotlight Talks 11 am, 2, and 3 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard Sign Language Interpretation
American Sign Language Tour 1 pm | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center Sign Language Interpretation

Additional Resources

Art Connections Activity Cards | Available at the Sharf Visitor Center
MFA Guide | Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and the Gund Gallery (LG31) Audio Description   Sign Language Interpretation   MFA Guide   Assistive Listening System

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.


In This Series
Four portraits of artists who have participated in ArtLifting

Special Event

Showcase: ArtLifting
May 30, 2016
10:00 am5:00 pm

View photography, cut-paper designs, sculpture, and painting by ArtLifting artists Elizabeth Belstraz, Allen Chamberland, Lori-Ann Faye, and Kitty...

Young visitor hanging up collage on wall

Special Event

Art-Making Activity: Community Mural: Neighborhood Fun
May 30, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Explore “Megacities Asia” to find houses large and small. Then head to the art studio to create a house that represents you in our community ...

Hema Upadhyay, Build me a nest so I can rest, 2015

Special Event

Art-Making Activity: Flocking in Flight
May 30, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Swoop into the Gund Gallery, LG31, to see Hema Upadhyay’s flock of ceramic birds in Build me a nest so I can rest. Come back to the studio to hear...

Choi Jeong Hwa, Breathing Flower, 2012

Special Event

Art-Making Activity: Breathing Blossoms
May 30, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Did you see the giant Breathing Flower by Choi Jeong Hwa on your way into the Museum? In many Asian cultures, the lotus flower represents an open...

Guide discussing Harriet Powers' Pictorial Quilt in front of tour group

Special Event

Family Walks
May 30, 2016
10:30 am11:00 am

Explore houses from around the world on a 30-minute guided adventure.

Four portraits of artists who have participated in ArtLifting

Special Event

ArtLifting Spotlight Talk
May 30, 2016
11:00 am11:15 am

Join artists Elizabeth Belstraz, Allen Chamberland, Lori-Anne Faye, and Kitty Zen for 15-minute spotlight talks to hear more about their processes,...

Guide discussing Harriet Powers' Pictorial Quilt in front of tour group

Special Event

Family Walks
May 30, 2016
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Explore houses from around the world on a 30-minute guided adventure.

Bicycle sculpture

Special Event

Musical Performance: Sociedad Latina
May 30, 2016
1:00 pm1:30 pm

Hear original music by high school students from Sociedad Latina’s Music Ensemble Group, who were inspired by works in “Megacities Asia” while...

ASL interpreter signing in front of painting and vase

Special Event

American Sign Language Tour
May 30, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Visit and discuss an array of incredible art objects in the MFA’s collection on this one-hour tour led in ASL by Leon Jerfita.

Guide discussing Harriet Powers' Pictorial Quilt in front of tour group

Special Event

Family Walks
May 30, 2016
1:30 pm2:00 pm

Explore houses from around the world on a 30-minute guided adventure.

Four portraits of artists who have participated in ArtLifting

Special Event

ArtLifting Spotlight Talk
May 30, 2016
2:00 pm2:15 pm

Join artists Elizabeth Belstraz, Allen Chamberland, Lori-Anne Faye, and Kitty Zen for 15-minute spotlight talks to hear more about their processes,...

Four portraits of artists who have participated in ArtLifting

Special Event

ArtLifting Spotlight Talk
May 30, 2016
3:00 pm3:15 pm

Join artists Elizabeth Belstraz, Allen Chamberland, Lori-Anne Faye, and Kitty Zen for 15-minute spotlight talks to hear more about their processes,...


Sponsors

Generously supported by MFA Associates/MFA Senior Associates.

Open House programming made possible in part by The Lowell Institute.