Invitation to Art
A History of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
This social and architectural history traces the first 135 years of the MFA, from its beginning as a repository for armor to its current status as a leading arts institution. Informal, anecdotal, and profusely illustrated, Invitation to Art sketches Boston’s transformation from the post-Civil War era to the present, showing how the MFA’s role has changed as a reflection of the times. Illustrated with rare archival documents, this is both an informative history and a delightful souvenir.
Maureen Melton is Susan Morse Hilles Director of Libraries and Archives and Museum Historian for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.