Special Event

April Vacation Week

Wednesday, April 17–Saturday, April 20, 2024
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Included with General Admission
Add to Calendar 2024-04-17 10:00:00 2024-04-20 16:00:00 April Vacation Week 04/17/2024–04/20/2024 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA Museum of Fine Arts, Boston tickets@mfa.org America/New_York public

Express yourself through direct encounters with art, movement, flowers, fashion, and accessories. All are welcome at April Vacation Week for free activities exploring fashion design and the many forms of self-expression.

Don’t forget to upgrade your Museum visit by seeing “Hallyu! The Korean Wave,” a multisensory experience for the whole family.

All ages and abilities welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.


Drop-In Art Making

10 am–4 pm (last entry 3:45 pm)

Quilled Floral Designs

Gallery 250

Paper quilling has been around since the 15th century, possibly longer, and practiced all around the world. Roll, twist, and bend thin strips of colorful paper into shapes to make detailed floral designs like the flowers and leaves in artwork on view in the Dutch and Flemish galleries.

Marvelous Millinery

Shapiro Family Courtyard

Get inspired by the hats in paintings, sculptures, and accessories on view in the Museum. Then use fake flowers, ribbons, feathers, fabric markers, and other embellishments to decorate a hat of your own and show off your personal style.

Handcrafted Notebook

Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

Don’t judge a book by its cover! For centuries art has played an important role in bookmaking. Make a notebook that is uniquely you by using a Japanese printmaking technique called Suminagashi to create marbled endpapers. Add pages and a cover, and learn techniques to bind it all together. What will you fill your notebook with?

Embroidered Photo Art

Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160
Recommended for ages 10 and up

Transform black and white images from the Museum’s collection with colorful hand-embroidered details and designs for a personalized touch!

Drop-In Gallery Activity: Being You—Self-Expression in Nature and Art

Occurs every day but Saturday, April 20
10:30 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, and 3 pm
Riley Seminar Room

Take a break with a 15-minute activity involving art-inspired gentle movement and dance. Join MFA Educators in an exploration of self expression inspired by the colors, patterns, and shapes found in art and nature. Fun for all ages and abilities!

With ASL interpretation on Friday, April 19, at 11 am and 2:30 pm

Drop-In Activity: Artist Toolbox Cart

11 am–4 pm
Gallery 252

Discover how artists turn a blank canvas into a finished painting. Drop by to handle the tools and materials artists use, discuss techniques with knowledgeable staff, and view demonstration pieces and artwork reproductions that reveal how artists create these kinds of objects.

With ASL interpretation on Friday, April 19, from 3 to 4 pm

Family Tours

Occurs every day but Saturday, April 20
11:30 am and 1 pm
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join us on a family-friendly tour to discover how artists express themselves through fashion. Tours are 30 minutes and are fun for all ages!

With ASL interpretation on Friday, April 19, at 1 pm

Story Hour

11:30 am and 1 pm
Riley Seminar Room

Drop by to hear children’s stories about self-expression and fashion design. Stay for one story or for the whole hour.

With ASL interpretation on Friday, April 19, at 11:30 am
Wheelchair accessible symbol

Wheelchair accessible


Arbella Insurance Foundation

Additional support from the Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures Fund.