Current and Upcoming Traveling Exhibitions

Through Traveling Exhibitions, the MFA is able to engage with audiences around the world. We invite you to experience our collections by visiting an MFA Traveling Exhibition at one of our global partner institutions.


World of the Pharaohs

This exhibition features more than 200 objects spanning 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, including monumental sculptures of King Ramesses II and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut; funerary reliefs, stelae and false doors from the tombs of elite officials; temple offerings; burial goods; and jewelry, amulets and cosmetic vessels used in everyday life. The rich variety of material offers visitors a window into ancient Egyptian beliefs about religion, kingship, the economy, the home and family, and life after death. Curated by Denise Doxey, curator, Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art.

Venue Dates
Houston Museum of Natural Science May 17, 2013–December 31, 2020

In the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The exhibition offers a selection of 17th-century Dutch paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the promised gift of the Van Otterloo and Weatherbie collections. Featuring 70 paintings, the exhibition highlights the rise of new genres and themes, from landscapes, still lifes, and portraits to scenes of daily life and biblical and mythological subjects.

Venue Dates
Royal Ontario Museum June 1–September 15, 2019
Saint Louis Art Museum October 20, 2019–January 12, 2020
San Diego Museum of Art May 23–September 7, 2020

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

This exhibition introduces the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. Curated by Kristen Gresh, Karsh Curator of Photographs.

Venue Dates
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University January 28–May 4, 2015
Carnegie Museum of Art May 30–September 28, 2015
National Museum of Women in the Arts April 8–July 31, 2016
Canadian War Museum December 5, 2017–March 4, 2018
Ackland Art Museum September 20–December 1, 2019

Graciela Iturbide

This exhibition includes 140 works by Graciela Iturbide, one of Latin America’s most important and influential photographers today. Her photographs not only bear witness to Mexican society but express an intense personal and poetic lyricism about her native country. Curated by Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Curator of Photographs.

Venue Dates
Minneapolis Institute of Art August 17–Decenber 15, 2019
National Museum of Women in the Arts February 28–May 25, 2020

Ansel Adams in Our Time

“Ansel Adams in Our Time” traces the iconic visual legacy of Ansel Adams (1902–1984), presenting some of his most celebrated prints, from a symphonic view of snow-dusted peaks in The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (1942) to an aerial shot of a knotted roadway in Freeway Interchange, Los Angeles (1967). The exhibition looks both backward and forward in time: his black-and-white photographs are displayed alongside prints by some of the 19th-century government survey photographers who greatly influenced Adams, as well as work by contemporary artists—such as Mark Klett, Trevor Paglen, Catherine Opie, and Abelardo Morell—whose modern-day concerns centered on the environment, land rights, and the use and misuse of natural resources point directly to Adams’s legacy. Curated by Karen Haas, Lane Senior Curator of Photographs.

Venue Dates
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art May 23–September 7, 2020
Portland Art Museum October 17, 2020–January 24, 2021

Art and Power: From Pharaohs to Daimyōs. Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“Art and Power: from Pharaohs to Daimyōs. Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” presents about 60 masterworks in the MFA collection from cultures all over the world, examining the ways in which these objects have underscored concepts of kingship, displayed the might of particular rulers, and glorified individual courts, which were often centers of a culture’s social and artistic life. The show explores five sub-themes: Portraits and Emblems of Power; Heavenly Realm/Earthly Realm; Palaces; and Courtly Life, Diplomatic Gifts, and Objects for the Delight and Edification of the Rulers. Curated by Anne Morse, William and Helen Pounds Senior Curator of Japanese Art.

Venue Dates
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum April 16–July 5, 2020
Fukuoka Art Museum July 18–October 4, 2020
Kobe City Museum October 24, 2020–January 17, 2021

Hokusai, Hiroshige, Hasui: Journey through a Changing Japan

“Hokusai, Hiroshige, Hasui: Journey through a Changing Japan” presents the history of color woodblock landscape prints in Japan through the work of three major artists: Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), who first popularized the genre with his groundbreaking designs; Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), who developed Hokusai’s concepts into his own enormously popular landscape style; and Kawase Hasui (1883–1957), who reinterpreted the achievements of his predecessors in a modern, Westernized idiom reflecting the changing landscapes of 20th-century Japan. Curated by Sarah E. Thompson, curator, Japanese Art; and Rossella Menegazzo, professor of East Asian Art History at the University of Milan.

Venue Dates
Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin October 19, 2019–February 16, 2020