Saturday, December 18, 2021
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Free general admission tickets available online beginning December 14 at 10 am until 10 am day of; also available in person on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Add to Calendar 2021-12-18 10:00:00 2021-12-18 17:00:00 Ancient Greek and Roman Free Admission Day 12/18/2021 10 am–5 pm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston tickets@mfa.org America/New_York public

It’s a gift from the gods! Celebrate the opening of the MFA’s new galleries of ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art with free general admission and programs on Saturday, December 18.

The new galleries of art of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine empire feature some of the oldest works in the MFA’s collection telling new stories and reflecting our time through the art of the past. With freshly imagined spaces that include natural light, innovative displays, interactive experiences, and immersive evocations of an ancient Greek temple and a Byzantine church, visitors of all ages can learn about the legacies of these ancient cultures and understand their relevance today.

Throughout the day, pick up free art-making kits inspired by sculpture on view and listen to gallery talks by curators, conservators, and others involved in bringing these new spaces to life.

Tickets to see the special exhibition “Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories” on December 18 are available now—buy yours today.

Feeling for Form

10:30 am–4 pm
Gallery 207 and Gallery 213

Explore Greek art through touch! Thanks to Formlabs, Thornton Tomasetti, MFA Conservation, and the MFA Access Program, 3D models of a bust of Demeter or Persephone and a piece of the Assos relief are available to touch. Learn more about these objects, how the 3D models came to be, and how the Museum uses these and other objects to make the galleries accessible to visitors with disabilities.

Gallery Talks

Time Topic Gallery Speaker
10:30 am Living with Greek and Roman Gods 207 Laure Marest, Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator, Greek and Roman Art
10:30 am Byzantine Period Bone and Ivory 208 Marie Stewart, assistant conservator
10:45 am Horsing Around: Horses in Archaic Greece 213 Monica Bulger
10:45 am Visible at Last: Coptic Art 208 Lawrence Berman, Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art
11 am Byzantine Period Bone and Ivory 208 Marie Stewart, assistant conservator
11 am Meeting the People of Ancient Rome 206 Laure Marest, Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator, Greek and Roman Art
11 am Objects on the Move in the Ancient Mediterranean 213 Caitlin Clerkin
11:15 am Juno 207 Christine Kondoleon, George D. and Margot Behrakis Chair, Art of Ancient Greece and Rome
11:30 am Horsing Around: Horses in Archaic Greece 213 Monica Bulger
11:30 am The Monopoli Altarpiece 208 Emmanuel Tiliakos
11:30 am Using Science to Conserve Ancient Silver 207 Emilie Tréhu, assistant conservator
11:45 am Athena in Colors 207 Laure Marest, Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator, Greek and Roman Art
11:45 am Byzantine Period Bone and Ivory 208 Marie Stewart, assistant conservator
11:45 am Objects on the Move in the Ancient Mediterranean 213 Caitlin Clerkin
1 pm Byzantine Art 208 Christine Kondoleon, George D. and Margot Behrakis Chair, Art of Ancient Greece and Rome
1 pm Conserving the Klazomenian Sarcophagus 213 LeeAnn Gordon, associate conservator
1 pm Using Science to Conserve Ancient Silver 207 Emilie Tréhu, assistant conservator
1:15 pm Early Greek Art 213 Phoebe Segal, Mary Bryce Comstock Curator of Greek and Roman Art
1:15 pm The Monopoli Altarpiece 208 Emmanuel Tiliakos
1:30 pm Conserving the Klazomenian Sarcophagus 213 LeeAnn Gordon, associate conservator
1:30 pm Using Science to Conserve Ancient Silver 207 Emilie Tréhu, assistant conservator
1:45 pm The Emperor’s New Groove: Constantinian Portraiture 208 Bailey Benson
2 pm Let There Be Light! Illumination and Gallery Design 213 Keith Crippen, director of Design
2 pm The Monopoli Altarpiece 208 Emmanuel Tiliakos
2:15 pm Lion, Snake, Fire-Breathing Donkey: Archaic Greek Creatures 213 Liz Neill
2:30 pm Early Greek Art 213 Phoebe Segal, Mary Bryce Comstock Curator of Greek and Roman Art
2:30 pm The Emperor’s New Groove: Constantinian Portraiture 208 Bailey Benson
2:45 pm Let There Be Light! Illumination and Gallery Design 207 Keith Crippen, director of Design
2:45 pm Lion, Snake, Fire-Breathing Donkey: Archaic Greek Creatures 213 Liz Neill

Sponsors

Generously supported by The Jeffrey A. and Pamela Dippel Choney Fund.

Past Dates and Times

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Free general admission tickets available online beginning December 14 at 10 am until 10 am day of; also available in person on a first-come, first-served basis.