Open House


Monday, January 15, 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 2024-01-15 10:00:00 2024-01-15 17:00:00 MLK Day Open House 01/15/2024 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

Join us for our annual MLK Day Open House, presented in partnership with Citizens. This year, the MFA offers free admission—including access to “Fashioned by Sargent”—for Massachusetts residents. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by surrounding yourself with art making, performances, and talks with members of our community!

For 22 consecutive years, Citizens has sponsored the MFA’s MLK Day Open House—allowing the Museum to welcome more than 120,000 visitors into our galleries to enjoy free performances, tours, talks, art-making activities, and more.

Events and Activities

Crown Making

10 am–4 pm (last entry 3:45 pm)
Druker Studios

Create your own wearable headpiece or crown using wire, beads, and other embellishments.

MFA Boston Job Fair

11 am–2 pm
Shapiro Family Courtyard

Learn about engaging, dynamic, and fun career opportunities at the MFA and take part in open interviews for security officer positions. Learn more about job openings at the Museum and how to apply.

Free Guided Tours

11 am, Noon, and 1 pm
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Wondering where to start your visit? 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! Tours are free and no registration required. Participants of all ages and experiences are welcome.

ASL Interpreter
Available 1 pm.

Welcome Remarks

11:15 am
Shapiro Family Courtyard

Hear from Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director, and Lisa Murray, Massachusetts president, Citizens Bank, as they welcome you to the MLK Day Open House.

ASL Interpreter

“Freedom” presented by Boston City Singers

Shapiro Family Courtyard

Boston City Singers presents “Freedom,” a program of spirituals and folk songs celebrating MLK Day 2024. Founded in 1995 in Dorchester to provide outstanding opportunities—musical skills and beyond—for young people ages 4 through high school, Boston City Singers perform music from many ages and cultures while learning the 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

Teen Talks

Aesthetics of Freedom

12:30 pm
Gallery 133

MFA Teen Arts Council members Savannah Eutsay, Hannah Mu, and Sophia Shatzky highlight Cotton Eater II by Alison Saar, which examines the aesthetics of freedom.

ASL Interpreter

Chuva Sobre São Paulo (Rain over São Paulo

1 pm
Gallery 335

Teen Arts Council member Sophia Shatzky highlights Chuva Sobre São Paulo (Rain over São Paulo) by Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, which captures the vibrant life of Brazil’s largest city.

War Memorials

1:15 pm
Gallery 326

Teen Arts Council member Savannah Eutsay highlights Scale Model for Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial by Walker Hancock

Korean Ceramics 

1:30 pm
Gallery 179

Teen Arts Council member Hannah Mu highlights Yee Sookyung’s Translated Vase, a sculpture made of discarded ceramic fragments from traditional Korean workshops.

ASL Interpreter

Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party

2:15 pm
Gallery 148

Teen Arts Council member Hannah Mu highlights images by Stephen Shames that are featured in the exhibition “Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party.”

DJ WhySham

1–3:30 pm
Shapiro Family Courtyard

Enjoy music from Dorchester native DJ WhySham, a visionary, activist, traveler, sister, godparent, and Boston’s “community DJ.” She is a four-time nominee for DJ of the Year at the Boston Music Awards and was the only woman nominated for Producer of the Year at the 2021 New England Music Awards. In 2021 she was named to WBUR’s Artery 25 list of artists of color transforming Greater Boston’s cultural landscape. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Boston, DJ WhySham’s early exposure to community service and Boston’s music scene laid the foundation for her eclectic taste and innovative approach to music production.

Pop-Up Restaurant

Butter Ur Biscuit

10 am–5 pm
Garden Cafeteria

Enjoy Latin soul food infused with the flavors of co-owner Julissa Walker’s Dominican upbringing, including the can’t-miss Cuban biscuit sandwich and other tasty flavors nestled between fluffy, buttery biscuits.

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Wheelchair accessible