BOSTON (September 27, 2017)—As the Boston community heads back to school, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), has launched two new initiatives that broaden access to the Museum for teachers and students, reflecting the MFA’s longstanding commitment to encouraging lifelong learning. All K-12 teachers from across New England can receive free admission to the MFA starting this fall. Students, faculty and staff from community colleges across Massachusetts will also receive free admission through a pilot program made possible by a gift from MFA Patrons Liz and Bob Pozen. The Massachusetts Community College Access Pass builds upon the University Membership Program, through which the MFA currently welcomes more than 100,000 students annually to explore its encyclopedic collection. Launched in the 1970s, the University Membership Program will expand this fall to include faculty and staff from participating schools in Massachusetts. Together, these educational initiatives support the vision outlined in MFA 2020, the Museum’s strategic plan for the future, which was launched in June, to provide a welcoming and engaging experience for a wide variety of audiences.
“One of the core tenets of the MFA’s mission is serving the public through art and education,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director. “Expanding access to our collection and programs allows us to engage with a wider audience of both students and educators and foster ongoing relationships with the Museum.”
Free Access for K-12 Teachers
K–12 teachers in a school, afterschool, or community setting in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont receive free admission with proof of active teaching status. Visit any ticket desk and present your current teacher ID or letter from the principal or director on letterhead. Not valid for additional chaperones on School Group Visits. Retired members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association receive a $2 discount on general admission prices when presenting their valid MTA card.
Massachusetts Community College Access Pass
The Massachusetts Community College Access Pass serves as a first step in exploring ways for the MFA to collaborate with the 15 schools in 24 different locations that comprise the Massachusetts Community College system: Roxbury, Bunker Hill, North Shore, Massasoit, Northern Essex, Mass Bay, Middlesex, Cape Cod, Bristol, Quinsigamond, Mount Wachusett, Springfield Technical, Holyoke, Greenfield and Berkshire. Museum passes have been distributed to on-campus representatives and can be redeemed by students, faculty and staff for free admission at any MFA ticket desk.
University Membership Program
More than 80 institutions are currently enrolled in the MFA’s University Membership Program, which allows students to enter the Museum free of charge when they present a valid ID at any ticket desk. This fall, the program has been expanded to include faculty and staff from participating colleges and universities located in Massachusetts. Additionally, the MFA offers students $5 tickets to regularly priced films when purchased in person on the day of the screening, as well as a 10 percent discount on purchases made in the Museum Shops. A full list of participating institutions can be found on mfa.org/membership/universities.
The Lunder Maine Student Membership Program and the Lunder Summer Internship Program
In 2011, The Lunder Foundation pioneered access to the MFA for Maine students with the endowment of two unique programs, The Lunder Maine Student Membership Program and The Lunder Summer Internship Program. The Lunder Student Membership Program allows all Maine students in public and private school, as well as those who are home-schooled, to visit the Museum free of charge. Maine residents attending accredited colleges and universities outside of Maine can visit free of charge upon the presentation of a college photo ID and proof of residence. Additionally, each year, up to five college or university students from Maine can participate in The Lunder Summer Internship Program, which accepted its first students in July 2012.
McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program
Launched in 2012, the McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program provides free access to the Museum for all students, regardless of residency, attending New Hampshire elementary schools, public and private, through college, as well as homeschoolers and school groups. Also eligible are all residents of New Hampshire attending schools out of state with a college photo ID and proof of residence. The program is generously supported by P. Andrews “Andy” McLane, a member of the MFA Board of Trustees, and his wife, Linda Harper McLane, longtime advocates of education and art.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its collection, representing all cultures and time periods. The Museum has more than 140 galleries displaying its encyclopedic collection, which includes Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia; Art of Africa and Oceania; Art of the Ancient World; Prints and Drawings; Photography; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–5 pm; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–10 pm. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25), while five Open Houses offer the opportunity to visit the Museum for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For more information, call 617.267.9300, visit mfa.org or follow the MFA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.