College and University Programs

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, welcomes higher education audiences to engage deeply with its collections, programs, and spaces. Whether connecting with the Museum as part of a class or with friends and family, the MFA offers many ways to deepen learning, inspire curiosity, and connect with others.

Student Opportunities

There are many ways to become more involved with the MFA. Consider applying for an internship or staff position, and learn more about MFA Ambassadors.

Research

Looking for information about works of art in the MFA’s collections? Search our collections database and library of videos.

Events for College Students, Faculty, and Staff

Gallery Talk

Conservators in Action

May 20, 2024
10:00 am–1:30 pm

Structural work and surface consolidation of two carved and painted Japanese architectural panels and two lacquer folding screens. Q and A session...

In Person
Spotlight Talk

Conservation Spotlight Talk: Japanese Buddhist Sculptures

May 24, 2024
1:00 pm–1:30 pm

Meet in Sharf Visitor Center

In Person
Spotlight Talk

Conservation Spotlight Talk: Japanese Buddhist Sculptures

May 24, 2024
6:00 pm–6:30 pm

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In Person
Gallery Talk

Conservators in Action

May 29, 2024
10:00 am–1:30 pm

Structural work and surface consolidation of two carved and painted Japanese architectural panels and two lacquer folding screens.

In Person
Gallery Talk

Conservators in Action

May 30, 2024
10:00 am–1:30 pm

Structural work and surface consolidation of two carved and painted Japanese architectural panels and two lacquer folding screens.

In Person
Spotlight Talk

Conservation Spotlight Talk: American Studio Furniture

May 30, 2024
12:30 pm–1:00 pm

Meet in Sharf Visitor Center

In Person
Spotlight Talk

Conservation Spotlight Talk: Van Gogh’s Portraits of the Roulins

June 14, 2024
6:00 pm–6:30 pm

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In Person
Spotlight Talk

Conservation Spotlight Talk: Archaic Greek Sarcophagus Rim

June 27, 2024
3:30 pm–4:00 pm

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In Person
Spotlight Talk

Conservation Spotlight Talk: Torah Ark from Chelsea

June 30, 2024
1:00 pm–1:30 pm

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In Person
Spotlight Talk

Conservation Spotlight Talk: Torah Ark from Chelsea

July 25, 2024
4:00 pm–4:30 pm

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In Person
Panel Discussion

MFA Pathways Internship Information Session

July 30, 2024
6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Recommended for college students, faculty, and career advisors

Online
Spotlight Talk

Conservation Spotlight Talk: American Studio Furniture

August 3, 2024
10:30 am–11:00 am

Meet in Sharf Visitor Center

In Person

Visiting the Museum

The MFA offers many opportunities to learn, unwind, and connect with others through exhibitions, programs, and social events.

A College Student’s Guide to the MFA

Designed with college students in mind, check out these tips for exploring the MFA in person and remotely while learning about how museums operate.

Museum Admission and Discounts

University Membership Program

The University Membership Program offers free ticketed admission to students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID from participating colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

Interested in learning more about how your institution can participate in the University Membership Program? Contact us at membership@mfa.org or 617-369-4136.

Pozen Community College Access Program

The Pozen Community College Access Program offers free ticketed admission to students, faculty, and staff with valid ID from community colleges across the Commonwealth. Museum admission is available for 15 schools, in 24 locations, that comprise the Massachusetts Community College System.

New Hampshire and Maine Colleges and Universities

Students, faculty, and staff attending New Hampshire and Maine colleges and universities are eligible for free ticketed admission with a valid ID. In addition, undergraduate students from New Hampshire and Maine attending school in other states are also eligible for free ticketed admission with a valid student ID and a proof of residence. Free admission is generously provided by the Lunder Maine Student Membership Program and the McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program.

Group Visits

Self-guided visits are available for college groups that are part of the University Members program. To learn more and to reserve your group visit, see University Member Group Visits.

Sponsors

Pozen Community College Access Program is made possible by Liz and Bob Pozen.

The Lunder Maine Student Membership Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is generously funded by The Lunder Foundation.

The McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program allows New Hampshire students of all ages in public and private school, as well as those who are home schooled, to visit the Museum free of charge.

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College Students Respond to the Collection

These insightful essays by the MFA Ambassadors, the Museum's group of work-study college students, present new, unexpected, and thoughtful perspectives on some familiar works found throughout the Museum’s galleries.

Read the Essays

“Fabric of a Nation” Resource Guide

Featuring key works, quotes, and discussion questions drawn from “Fabric of a Nation,” this online thematic resource guide was designed for students and educators to explore the art of quilt making as an instrument of social change, storytelling, and artistic craft.