Ring in the Persian New Year and welcome the first day of spring at the MFA! Enjoy music and dance performances, activities, film, art, and much more. All events are free with Museum admission.

  • Learn about Nowruz traditions 
    Observe a traditional Haft Seen, a Nowruz holiday table; purchase Persian-inspired food at Taste Café; enjoy performances by renowned dancer and choreographer Banafsheh Sayyad and musicians Hamed Nikpay, Pejman Hadadi, and Alfredo Caceras. 
  • Explore Persian art and culture 
    Go on a thematic tour in the Ancient Near East gallery with Lawrence Berman, Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art; join a 10-minute Spotlight Talk highlighting Persian art.
  • Discover the ancient civilization of Persepolis 
    View paintings depicting this ancient city by local artist and educator Hengameh Taraz; hear author Reza Zarghamee discuss the history of Persepolis and its influences on contemporary civilization.
  • Bring the kids 
    Take the youngest art lovers in your life to a Story Hour; be inspired by art in the galleries to create your own masterpieces; try your hand at the ancient art of calligraphy with visiting artist Leili Solatyavari; watch a lively dance performance and participate in a workshop with the local Iranian Dance Artists group.

Ethnic clothing encouraged.

Additional Information

Access: The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Access, email, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Dining: Taste Café will sell Persian-inspired menu options throughout the day. Learn more about other dining options available at the MFA.

Groups: For more information, please follow these links: Adult and University Groups, School and Youth Groups, Nonprofit Agencies and Community Organizations.

Wheelchair Accessibility  All programs are wheelchair accessible.
Assistive Listening System  Assistive listening devices are available in Remis Auditorium or at the Sharf Visitor Center.
Sign Language Interpretation  ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision  Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision


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