Open House

Memorial Day Open House

Monday, May 29, 2023
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 2023-05-29 10:00:00 2023-05-29 17:00:00 Memorial Day Open House 05/29/2023 10 am Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA Museum of Fine Arts, Boston America/New_York public

Start your summer off right at our annual Memorial Day Open House. This year, the MFA offers free admission—including access to the special exhibition “Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence”—for Massachusetts residents. Enjoy music, create art, meet local artists, and more.

Events and Activities

Drop-In Art Making: Handmade Paper

10 am–3 pm
Huntington Avenue Lawn (rain location: Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, 159)

Celebrate creative reuse, found materials, and biodiversity by making handcrafted paper. Transform paper recycled by staff from across the Museum into new, handmade sheets embedded with native, pollinator-friendly, and pesticide-free wildflower and meadow seeds.

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: Monjuree Yousuf, a figurative oil painter who explores daily life through deep colors inspired by her Bangladeshi roots; Joseph Melanson, a weaver influenced by the SAORI weaving movement; and Kay Mathew, a photographer and member of the Mission Hill Artists Collective, whose black-and-white images uplift the ordinary moments of daily life.


Noon and 2pm
Linde Family Wing, Gallery 168

Don’t miss this collaborative work of poetry, composition, and improvised music for saxophone, marimba, and electronics. Composer-performers Maria Finkelmeier and Tim Hall explore their personal journeys, both physical and internal, as they’ve gone through life crafting, owning, and sharing their artistic voice.

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Wheelchair accessible


Please let us know if you have any disability access needs or accommodations by e-mailing or calling 617-369-3189.


Supported by MFA Associates/MFA Senior Associates.

Arbella Insurance Foundation

Memorial Day Open House art-making activity is sponsored by the Arbella Insurance Foundation.