The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art.

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Use the Museum’s Collections Search to learn more about the works of art in the collection.

Check out the Guide to Searching the Collections for tips on using the Collections Search.

Collection Areas

Browse the MFA’s collection areas below for in-depth information on their histories, highlights, and current programs.

From shrine figures to palace pillars to historic men’s masks, the MFA’s department of African and Oceanic art includes important works from the 16th…
The Art of the Americas department studies, presents, and cares for the paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts made throughout North, Central, and…
With more than 65,000 works of art including sculpture, jewelry, coffins, mummies, coins, weapons, architecture, vases, carved gems, musical…
The Art of Ancient Greece and Rome department is home to one of the most recognized and distinguished encyclopedic collections of classical art in the…
The MFA’s Asian art collection reflects the creative achievements of artists on the continent of Asia from 4000 BCE to the present. The collection of…
Contemporary art can be defined as the art of our time, produced from the second half of the 20th century to the present moment. Made all over the…
The Art of Europe department encompasses the MFA’s rich holdings of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. These include more than 21,000…
From ancient Egyptian broadcollars to contemporary studio jewelry, the MFA has an exciting collection of jewelry from almost every culture. The first…
The word “Judaica” describes Jewish ritual objects used in the home or in the synagogue across history, geography, and media. Silver finials to…
The Museum announced in September 2018 the acquisition of the Howard Greenberg Collection of Photographs, funded by a major gift from the Phillip…
Discover an extraordinary collection of art on paper. The MFA’s holdings of prints and drawings are among the richest in the nation. With works from…
View musical instruments from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the late twentieth century. The Museum is home to over 1,100 instruments…
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was founded during the design reform movement of the late 19th century, when New England was the epicenter of the…