The MFA is an elegant and memorable venue for a variety of occasions, marrying fine art and fine dining in one of Boston’s most spectacular settings. The Museum offers several beautiful spaces that can accommodate everything from bridal showers and anniversary parties for an intimate group, to corporate holiday parties and world-class weddings for several thousand guests. MFA special-event spaces include:
Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Rotunda and Colonnade
In 1917, the MFA’s Trustees commissioned John Singer Sargent to decorate the Rotunda, the hub of the Museum. Sargent not only provided a series of dramatic paintings and sculptures, but also reconfigured the space, uniting architecture, painting, and sculpture into a harmony suggestive of the Museum’s collections themselves. Sargent completed additional murals and bas-reliefs for the rotunda’s adjoining colonnade in 1925.
William I. Koch Gallery
This newly renovated gallery reopened in September 2012 as a breathtaking space designed to evoke a great hall in a European palace. Masterpieces from 16th- and 17th-century Europe hang on red damask-covered walls, complemented by a magnificent display of Hanoverian silver and tapestries from the Palazzo Barberini in Rome.
Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art
Designed by I. M. Pei in 1981, this space reflects Pei’s modernist design aesthetic with its vaulted ceiling and emphasis on natural light. It houses the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, featuring seven new galleries. Open spaces on two levels provide event planners with the flexibility to create intimate setttings for smaller events or inviting areas for large receptions. The wing includes the Galleria, Bravo Restaurant, and Remis Auditorium.
Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard
The glass-enclosed Shapiro Family Courtyard, adjacent to the Art of the Americas Wing provides a dramatic setting for year-round entertaining. The acoustics are flawless, as the space was designed with a sound engineer, and the limestone walls provide the perfect backdrop for large-scale projections. Best of all, your guests will feel like VIPs while exploring the 53 spectacular galleries in the American wing.