MFA Boston Announces Friday Evening Hours and Events

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is staying open late on Friday nights! Starting March 18, the Museum will welcome visitors until 10 pm every Friday, allowing more time for art, dining and experiences with friends and family.

DINING | New American Café, a full-service restaurant located in the glass-enclosed Shapiro Family Courtyard, will resume dinner service during the new evening hours, with last seating taking place at 7:45 pm. On March 18, visitors can stay in the St. Patrick's Day spirit and enjoy Shepherd's Pie and Guinness.

Starting March 25, the restaurant will debut food and drink specials connected to the MFA's upcoming exhibition Turner’s Modern World (on view March 27–July 10). Dishes inspired by J.M.W. Turner’s native England include a baked oyster skillet appetizer; warm bread and butter pudding with currants, vanilla ice cream, caramel and spiced candied almonds; and a London Fog cocktail (gin and Pernod served on ice with a lemon twist). Taste, a café and wine bar in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, will serve Cornish fairing biscuits (spiced ginger cookies) and Pimms Cups (Pimms #1 infused with orange, lemon, mint and apple, ginger ale and a cucumber sphere garnish served over ice).

ART IN TUNE | On Friday, April 8 from 6–8 pm, the MFA hosts an evening of performances highlighting the Museum's musical instruments collection. Internationally celebrated musical artists have chosen galleries, artworks or, in many cases, collection instruments that resonate with their craft, spinning out a blend of musical and visual art unlike any other. Visitors are invited to take advantage of reduced general admission ($5, available on-site the day of starting at 5 pm), wander the galleries and discover music from all over the world.

ART IN BLOOM | The popular festival of fine art and flowers returns to the MFA's galleries for the first time since 2019! Art in Bloom kicks off on Friday, April 28, featuring 50 floral interpretations of artworks created by New England-area designers. Free guided tours of floral arrangements will be offered each day of the festival, which runs through May 1.

Museum hours will remain 10 am–5 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays through Mondays, and the MFA will continue to stay closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets can be reserved online in advance or in person.​ MFA members always enjoy free unlimited free admission as well as discounts on retail and dining.