Free admission for all!

Enjoy free admission and special events at the MFA’s annual Fall Open House—and the Fenway Alliance’s 16th annual Opening Our Doors Day. Dance your way into the Museum with MetaMovements and Silent Rhythms, then hear a concert celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Join a tour exploring rivalries and showdowns in art! Enjoy a full array of art-making activities and tours for families and adults.

Special Events

MetaMovements and Silent Rhythms
9:30–11 am, Huntington Avenue Entrance

Dance your way into the MFA with MetaMovements (MM), the producers of Salsa in the Park and Silent Rhythms Boston! MM dancers and instructors lead salsa lessons and Latin dance lines for people of all ages and abilities, including those who are Deaf or hard of hearing and blind or low vision.

In inclement weather: 10–11 am, Shapiro Family Courtyard

ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision Access

Edwin Pabon y Su Orquesta
1 and 3 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Enjoy an array of musical delights and learn some dance moves with a performance by Edwin Pabon y Su Orquesta that includes salsa, merengue, mambo, cha-cha, and bolero.

Art-Making Acitivities

Art Making: Pre-Columbian Gold
10 am–4 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Walk downstairs to Gallery LG33 to see gold masks and pendants. Look closely at an embossed disk from Panama with two bird-like creatures carved on it. Pieces like this one are decorated with spirit animals that helped guide and protect the wearer. Walk upstairs to the Shapiro Family Courtyard to carve your own special animal on a golden disk.

Blind or Low Vision Access

Art Making: Children and Families in Art
10 am–4 pm, Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, Rooms 159 and 160

Walk upstairs to Gallery 335 to see how many different children you can find in the artwork. Many of the Mexican artists in this gallery made art about children and families. Return to the art studio to draw yourself and someone you love.

Blind or Low Vision Access

Tours, Talks, and Walks

Guided Tour: Highlights of the Museum Collection Tours (60 minutes)
10:30 am, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2 (en Español), and 3:30 pm
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Assistive Listening System
ASL only; no spoken English
1 pm

Guided Tour: Artistic Rivalries Tours (30 minutes)
11 am, 1, 3, and 4 pm
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Assistive Listening System
ASL interpretation
3 pm

Family Art Walks
10:30 am, Noon, and 1:30 pm
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join MFA educators on a walk through the galleries to look at children and families in Latin American art.

Assistive Listening System

Spotlight Talk: Native American Women Artists
11 am, Gallery LG34

ASL interpretation
11 am

Spotlight Talk: Kahlo and Her Circle
1, 2 , and 3 pm, Gallery 335

Join Layla Bermeo, Kristin and Roger Servison Assistant Curator of Paintings, Art of the Americas, for 15-minute spotlight talks taking a look at women artists in the MFA’s collection of Native American art and in works of Mexican modernism, including Frida Kahlo’s Dos Mujeres.

ASL interpretation
1 pm

More To See and Do

Artist Toolbox Cart: Painting
11 am–4 pm, Gallery 332

Handle the tools of painters and view detailed demonstration pieces to gain an understanding of the history and evolution of painting.


My MFA Sketchbook
Sharf Visitor Center

Discover the Museum’s galleries while sketching works of art with this kid-friendly guide!


Art Connections Cards
Sharf Visitor Center

Pick up an Art Connections card and explore writing, chocolate, birds, and other themes throughout the Museum. Recommended for all ages. Available in English and Spanish.


Family Art Cart
10 am–4 pm, Sharf Visitor Center

Explore the Museum with a family-friendly tote bag, which includes a sketchpad and colored pencils. Choose from self-guided activities, including puzzles and scavenger hunts!

The Family Art Cart is available Saturday and Sundays 10 am–4 pm.

Blind or Low Vision Access

Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) and Maps

An assistive listening system is available for gallery tours and talks from the Sharf Visitor Center. Headsets and neckloops are available. For visitors with hearing aids with a T-coil switch, there are induction loops at all entrances, the box office, and the Information desk at Sharf Visitor Center. Large type maps are available at Sharf Visitor Center.

Assistive Listening System

MFA Guide
Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center.

Rent a mobile MFA Guide to explore the Museum’s collections, including a Kids’ tour introducing young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas collection. A selection of highlights is narrated in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and ASL. Many stops are accessible to visitors who are Deaf or blind.

Members $5; Nonmembers $6; Kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

Audio Description
ASL Interpreted
Assistive Listening System
Closed Captioning

Additional Information

Accessibility

The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Accessibility, e-mail 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.

Tickets

Tickets are required for free Museum admission, available at all ticket desks.


Sponsors

Fall Open House is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial.