Join us for an all-night party taking place in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art as part of #mfaNOW, a season celebrating contemporary art and artists. Enter through the Linde Family Wing Entrance at 9 pm to discover the bold art of LA-based artist Frances Stark, rarely seen after-hours footage of Christian Marclay’s 24-hour video collage The Clock, abstract prints by Terry Winters, provocative works from the MFA’s collection, and an unexpected line-up of programming inside and outside the building.

Food and drink available for purchase. Enjoy food trucks and lawn games, live music and DJs, lectures, artist demonstrations, performance art, and more. Dance all night, stargaze in the courtyard, or lace up your kicks for a late-night run outside the Museum. Late nights not your thing? Stop by early for coffee and conversation, kids’ art making and story hour, or an early morning run.

Free entry ends at 9 am, but if you’re already here, stay and enjoy the day at the MFA.

On social media, #mfaNOW and live streaming onsite encourage followers to share their experiences and spread the word about what’s happening in real time NOW—from film and food to talks with artists, activists, and change makers.

Guests of all ages are welcome. Visitors wishing to consume alcohol must be 21+. Valid ID with proof of age is required to purchase alcohol. Wristbands will be distributed upon entry, must be worn at all times during the event, and are required for re-entry.

All bags are subject to inspection by Museum staff. Backpacks and large bags are not permitted. All other smaller bags are strongly discouraged, and may need to be checked upon entry.


UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991–2015
Levels 1 and 2, Multiple locations

“Political Intent” and “Beyond Limits”
Level 1, Gallery 158

Imogen Cunningham: In Focus
Level 1, Gallery 169

Terry Winters: The Structure of Things
Level 1, Gallery 170

Christian Marclay: The Clock
Level 2, Gallery 259


Available for purchase

Food Trucks
6 pm and on | Linde Family Wing parking lot
Bonetown Burgers, Indulge India, Jamaica Mi Hungry, North East of the Border, Parlor Ice Cream, Sheherazad

Moonlight Bar
9 pm–2 am | Level G, Calderwood Courtyard (enter through Garden Cafeteria)
Draft beer and wine
In inclement weather: Garden Cafeteria

Taste Café
9 pm–9 am | Level 1
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks all night. Wine and beer until 2 am.

Late Night Snacks
Midnight–4 am | Level G, Garden Cafeteria
$2 pizza slices, energy drinks, and water.

9 pm–2 am | Level 2
Beer, wine, and soft drinks.


DJ Leah V and special guests
9 pm–3 am | Level 1, Gallery 168
Midnight– 4 am | Level 2, Bravo

Palestinian Music by Berklee College Musicians
9:30–10:45 pm | Level 2, Bravo

Pop-Up A Cappella
10, 10:30, 11, 11:30 pm and 12 am | Gallery 260, Level 2
MIT/Wellesley Toons; Suffolk University’s Ramifications; Olin College’s PowerChords; Brandeis University’s Rather Be Giraffes; and Lesley University’s Harmogeddon

Events And Activities

Lawn Games
6 pm–2 am | Outside: Linde Family Wing parking lot

Live Painting/Graffiti by Brian Life
6 pm–1 am | Outside: Linde Family Wing parking lot
Cancelled in inclement weather.

Trust (The Presence of Secrets) with Harvard MetaLab
9 pm–10 am | Level 2, Gallery 265

Patterns, Textures, and Prints: An Art-Making Mash-Up
9 pm–1 am | Level 1, Rooms 159 and 160

Spotlight Talks (15-minute talks about an artwork on view)
9:30, 10, 10:30, and 11 pm | Level 1, Gallery 158

Mona Hatoum, Grater Divide
Comedic…or sinister? You decide.
9:30 and 10:30 pm

Kara Walker, The Rich Soil Down There
How do we read Walker in light of #BlackLivesMatter?
10 and 11 pm

Primordial Spoof with MIT’s Hacking Arts
9 pm–3 am | Level G, Garden Cafeteria

The Type Bar presented with Fenway Community Center
9 pm–1 am | Level G, G86

Drawing After Dark
9 pm–1 am | Level 1, Gallery 171
Drop in and sketch from live models and Museum objects

Late-Night Run (around the Museum) with Heartbreak Hill Running Company
9 pm | Outside: Meet at Linde Family Wing Entrance

Voter Registration with MassVOTE
9 pm–1 am | Level 1, outside Gallery 158

Film: Total Recall (1990)
1 am | Level 1, Remis Auditorium
153 minutes

Morning Run (around the Museum) with RUNFELLOW Run Club
8 am | Outside: Meet at Linde Family Wing Entrance

For Families

Messy Mornings
7–10 am | Level 1, Rooms 159 and 160
Listen to music, get messy, and play with art-making materials.

Story Hour
9–10 am | Level 1, Gallery 170