Saturday, October 9, 2021
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Free general admission tickets available from 10 am on October 5 until 10 am day of; also available in person on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Add to Calendar 2021-10-09 10:00:00 2021-10-09 17:00:00 Indigenous Peoples' Day 10/09/2021 10 am–5 pm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston America/New_York public

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with free general admission to the MFA on Saturday, October 9, part of the Fenway Alliance’s annual Opening Our Doors Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and honors the heritage of all Indigenous peoples and the histories of their nations and communities. Stop by the MFA for free admission and giveaways of art-making kits as well as children’s books selected by Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinna Wampanoag) and Ekua Holmes (African American), artists, activists, and creators of “Garden for Boston,” an exhibition on the Museum’s front lawn.

Throughout the day, explore Native American art in the Art of the Americas Wing—from ancient Mississippian pottery, Mi’kmaq quillwork, and Lakota beadwork in the Native North American Art Gallery to more recent works by Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo), Wendy Red Star (Crow), and T. C. Canon (Kiowa/Caddo). In gallery 132, as part of “Translating American Stories,” read the label for Robert Feke’s portrait of Isaac Winslow in Wabanaki, a native language to this region, and hear a reading of the label on our MFA Mobile app. Outside, enjoy James-Perry’s Raven Reshapes Boston: A Native Corn Garden at the MFA and Holmes’s Radiant Community—installations that have reshaped the ground around Cyrus Dallin’s Appeal to the Great Spirit sculpture with sunflowers and corn, opening new dialogues about the history of the land on which the MFA stands.

From 10 am to 3 pm, families can stop by the Huntington Avenue lawn to pick up free corn husk weaving art kits, created in collaboration with James-Perry and inspired by her installation Raven Reshapes Boston. Inside, in the Carol Vance Wall Rotunda, families can choose from five picture books, recommended for children of different ages, to take home:

  • Black Is a Rainbow Color (written by Angela Joy, illustrated by Ekua Holmes)
  • Muskrat Will Be Swimming (written by Cheryl Savageau, illustrated by Robert Hynes)
  • Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, illustrated by Ekua Holmes)
  • Thanks to the Animals (written by Allen Sockabasin, illustrated by Rebekah Raye)
  • The Tiny Seed (written and illustrated by Eric Carle)

Art kits and books are available while supplies last.

Tickets to see the special exhibition “Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated” on Saturday, October 9, are available for purchase starting Thursday, September 9, at 10 am.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) is in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, stands on the historic homelands of the Massachusett people, a site that has long served as a place of meeting and exchange among different nations. As a museum, we acknowledge the long history of the land we occupy today and seek ways to make Indigenous narratives more prominent in our galleries and programming. We can all learn more about the Massachusett people, who continue to be the stewards of this land, by visiting

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Free general admission tickets available from 10 am on October 5 until 10 am day of; also available in person on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Additional programming support is provided by the Vance Wall Foundation.