Collections

Welcome to the Art of the Americas department at the MFA. Our world-class collection encompasses paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts created…
Giovanni Paolo Pannini's painting, Picture Gallery with Views of Modern Rome
The Art of Europe department encompasses the MFA’s rich holdings of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. These include more than 21,000…
The MFA’s Asian art collection covers the creative achievement of more than half the world’s population since 4000 BC. The collection of more than 100…
Relief plaque showing two officials with raised swords, 16th–17th century
From bronze altarpieces to palace pillars to historic men’s masks, the growing MFA collection of African and Pacific art includes masterpieces from…
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Art of the Ancient World is home to one of the world’s premiere encyclopedic collections of antiquities, featuring more than 85,000 works of art from…
Tara Donovan's sculpture, in the shape of a cloud
While works by living artists have always been collected by the MFA—Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, and John Singer Sargent were contemporary artists…
The Museum announced in September 2018 the acquisition of the Howard Greenberg Collection of Photographs , funded by a major gift from the Phillip…
The MFA’s collection of prints and drawings is among the richest in the world, containing almost 200,000 works that range from the beginnings of…
Charles-Joseph Sax, Omnitonic Horn, 1833
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…
Detail of tapestry: Greenery
The MFA's textiles collection was started when Boston was the center of the US textile industry. Today the Museum owns more than 27,000 objects…
From ancient Egyptian broadcollars to contemporary studio jewelry, the MFA has an exciting collection of jewelry from almost every culture. The first…
Isidor Kaufmann's painting, Hannah
The word “Judaica” describes Jewish ritual objects used in the home or in the synagogue across history, geography, and media. Silver finials to…