Open House


Wednesday, June 19, 2024
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Tickets available in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free with a valid Massachusetts zip code.

Add to Calendar 2024-06-19 10:00:00 2024-06-19 17:00:00 Juneteenth 06/19/2024 10 am–5 pm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA Museum of Fine Arts, Boston America/New_York public

In partnership with Citizens, admission to the MFA—including access to “Hallyu! The Korean Wave”—is free for all Massachusetts residents on June 19 in honor of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally observed commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Join us for performances, participate in art-making activities, catch a talk, and see “Hallyu!,” a new exhibition highlighting South Korea’s meteoric rise as a cultural trendsetter on the global stage.

Events and Activities

Art Fair with Mission Hill Main Streets

10 am–3 pm
Shapiro Family Courtyard

Mission Hill Main Streets works with local businesses, residents, and institutions in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood to revitalize local businesses and strengthen the community. Drop by to meet some of the local artists who partner with the organization, including Aminata Dakowa, LeShonda Zene, Michelle Zene, and Zahirah Nur Truth. Enjoy an array of paintings, fabric creations, fluid art, handcrafted paper items, resin, and more!

Drop-In Art Making: Collage

10 am–4 pm (last entry 3:45 pm)
Huntington Avenue Lawn and Druker Family Pavilion

Use patterned paper and mixed media to create your very own colorful collage!

Photo Booth

10 am–4 pm
Sharf Visitor Center

Channel your favorite K-pop idol and strike a pose in our “Hallyu!” photo booth.

Free Guided Tours

10:30 am, Noon, and 1:30 pm
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Wondering where to start your visit to the MFA? Experience the Museum on a free 60-minute guided tour. Led by knowledgeable guides, look closely at artwork across the MFA’s collections. Learn more about old favorites and discover something new! Participants of all ages and experiences are welcome.

ASL Interpreter at noon tour

Drag Story Hour with Arabella Ladesse

11 am and Noon
Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)

Join the fabulous Arabella Ladesse, Portland, Maine, Princess, from the Boston chapter of Drag Story Hour for a family story time!

ASL Interpreter at 11am reading

Face Painting

11 am–3 pm
Sharf Visitor Center

Stop by and get some summertime happiness painted on your cheek!

Boston City Singers Presents ‘Freedom’

11:30 am and 1 pm
Shapiro Family Courtyard

Boston City Singers presents Freedom, a program of spirituals and folk songs celebrating Juneteenth. Founded in 1995 in Dorchester to provide outstanding opportunities—musical and beyond—for young people ages four through 18, Boston City Singers performs music from all ages and cultures while teaching many concepts and skills it takes to be a successful adult. Known for its family atmosphere, the program acknowledges and welcomes diversity of all kinds. The tour choir, which has toured globally for the past 16 years, is conducted by Jane Money, founding artistic director, and Kimani Lumsden, world rhythm ensemble director.

ASL Interpreter at 1 pm

Blackness Is Monumental

Riley Seminar Room

What are monuments for? What do they teach us about who matters? And how can we radically reimagine monuments to lift up and reclaim our stories?

Join Wee the People, a social justice project, for an art-filled intergenerational workshop called “Blackness Is Monumental.” Collage your own monument to Blackness with recycled materials including boxes, tubes, gems, vintage photos, and wall-to-wall images of Black art, culture, history, and experience.

At 1:30 and 2:30 pm, gather to hear a reading of The Artivist (2023), an award-winning picture book by Nikkolas Smith about how kids can combine art and activism in their daily lives.

ASL Interpreter at 2:30pm reading

Boston Latin School Step Squad

12:15 pm
Shapiro Family Courtyard

Catch a performance by the BLS Step Team, a coed group open to all grade levels that has been an integral part of the school since the 1980s. Originally named the BLS Pep Squad, the team creates intricate original routines every single year and performs them at other local schools and throughout the community.

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center

1:30 and 2:30 pm
Shapiro Family Courtyard

OrigiNation presents powerful and innovative choreography that honors the spirit of Juneteenth and celebrates African American heritage. Through a blend of contemporary, African, and hip-hop dance styles, the company shares stories of resilience, freedom, and joy.

MFA Mobile

A large bronze sculpture of a head displayed at the entrance to the Art of the Americas wing

Download MFA Mobile on Bloomberg Connects to hear from curators about art by Black artists from the Americas. Access the tour from home or bring your earbuds or headphones for the full in-gallery experience.

Download MFA Mobile


The Museum is committed to accessibility for all visitors. If you need accommodations for you to attend, please reach out to or 617-267-9300.

Event Policies

All bags are subject to inspection by Museum staff. Backpacks, large bags, all liquids including hand sanitizer and sunscreen, and outside food or drink are not permitted. Exceptions are made for medical or religious needs. All bags are strongly discouraged, and any bags larger than 11” x 15” must be checked in the Coat Room upon entry.


In partnership with Citizens