All events are free with Museum admission.

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to celebrate Nowruz 2016—the Persian New Year, and welcome the first signs of spring! Learn about Nowruz traditions and explore Persian works of art. Enjoy demonstrations, music, dance, art and more throughout the day.

Special Events

Haft Seen Display 10 am–4 pm; Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Calligraphy Demonstration 10 am–1 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard
Story Hour 10:30–11:30 am and 1:30–2:30 pm; Gallery 176

Music and Dance

Iranian Dance Artists 11–11:30 am and Noon–12:30 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard
Sheez Ensemble 1–1:30 and 2–2:30 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard
Kayhan Kalhor and Behrouz Jamali 1–1:45 and 3–3:45 pm; Remis Auditorium (Note: Free performance tickets are available at Remis Auditorium Box Office starting one hour before show times. First come, first served; limited availability. Free ticket required for entry.) Assistive Listening System
Aftab Dance Group 3–3:15 and 3:45–4 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard

Tours, Talks, and Walks

Family Walk 10:30 am and 12:30 pm; Meet at the Sharf Visitor Center Assistive Listening System
Gallery Tour: Ancient Persia 11–11:45 am and 1:30–2:15 pm; Meet at the Sharf Visitor Center Assistive Listening System
Gallery Tour: Persian Art Around the Globe Noon–12:45 and 2–2:45 pm; Meet at the Sharf Visitor Center Assistive Listening System
Talk: Persian Mythology presented by Arash Afraz 11:30 am–12:15 pm and 2–2:45 pm, Riley Seminar Room 
MFA Guide Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center | Members $5; Nonmembers $6; Kids 17 and Under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind. Audio description   Sign Language Interpretation   MFA Guide   Assistive Listening System

Art-Making Activities

Art Making: Persian Miniatures 10 am–4 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard
Art Making: Spring Flower Prints 10 am–4 pm; Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160
Family Art Cart 10 am–4 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard

Additional Information

Access: All programs are wheelchair accessible. 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.

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.

Above: Photo by Helene Norton-Russell Photography

Audience

All ages

Free with Museum Admission


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Traditional haft seen table arrangement with mirror and tray of food at center, sandwiched by boxes of plants

Special Event

Haft Seen Display
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Visit and view a traditional Haft Seen, a key element of any Nowruz celebration. This traditional arrangement includes seven symbolic items, all...

Special Event

Art Making: Persian Miniatures
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

In the 13th century, books illustrated with small miniature paintings were popular in the Persia. Books illustrated with intricately detailed...

Young visitor standing at table painting plastic globe with brushes

Special Event

Art Making: Spring Flower Prints
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00 am4:00 pm

Spring flowers, such as hyacinths, tulips, and daffodils, are traditionally placed on the Haft Seen table. Make your own flower print to celebrate...

Kids and parents in a gallery sitting around storyteller with book open

Special Event

Story Hour
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:30 am11:30 am

Drop in to enjoy family-friendly stories about Nowruz celebrations, including stories from Ferdowsi’s epic poem, Shahnameh, the Persian Book of ...

Father with child pointing up at display case

Special Event

Family Walk
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:30 am11:00 am

Explore the Museum on this 30-minute kid-friendly tour with Museum educators.

Circle of dancers in colorful dresses and veils perform traditional Persian dance

Special Event

Iranian Dance Artists
Saturday, March 19, 2016
11:00 am11:30 am

Experience the beauty of the diverse cultures of Iran through authentic folk dances by the Iranian Dance Artists (IDA). Join the dance workshop...

Curator surrounded by visitors talks about Assyrians objects in display cases

Special Event

Gallery Tour: Ancient Persia
Saturday, March 19, 2016
11:00 am11:45 am

Enjoy a 45-minute tour in the galleries with curator Lawrence Berman to hear about the Museum’s collection of ancient Persian art.

Persian stone relief of a lion and bull in combat

Special Event

Talk: Persian Mythology
Saturday, March 19, 2016
11:30 am12:15 pm

Join Arash Afraz, MD/PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as he focuses on the Nowruz festival placed within Persian mythological and...

Circle of dancers in colorful dresses and veils perform traditional Persian dance

Special Event

Iranian Dance Artists
Saturday, March 19, 2016
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Experience the beauty of the diverse cultures of Iran through authentic folk dances by the Iranian Dance Artists (IDA). Join the dance workshop...

Curator talking to group of visitors in front of display case of Persian ceramics

Special Event

Gallery Tour: Persian Art around the Globe
Saturday, March 19, 2016
12:00 pm12:45 pm

Enjoy a 30-minute tour with curator Laura Weinstein, exploring how Persian art has influenced the arts of other lands and cultures.

Father with child pointing up at display case

Special Event

Family Walk
Saturday, March 19, 2016
12:30 pm1:00 pm

Explore the Museum on this 30-minute kid-friendly tour with Museum educators.

Kayhan Kalhor holding his kamancheh and bow

Special Event

Kayhan Kalhor and Behrouz Jamali
Saturday, March 19, 2016
1:00 pm1:45 pm

Hear world-renowned, Grammy-nominated virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor perform on the kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle).

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