Free Workshops

Work with other teachers and MFA educators to explore ways of enlivening the classroom using Museum objects as teaching tools. Prepare for your upcoming school group visit to the MFA. Our complimentary workshops typically feature a slide presentation by a curator or guest speaker, followed by time in the galleries with Gallery Instructors. All are designed to address Curriculum Framework requirements.


A Sense of Place

May 14, 2014 
The MFA is home to many different immersive spaces from various cultures and time periods, including the Japanese Buddhist Temple Room, the 11th century Catalonian Chapel, and the early 19th century Oak Hill rooms. Learn more about these spaces and get resources on how to teach with material culture from around the world.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: HSS: US History I and II; World History I and II)

Professional Teacher Membership Discount

Pre-K through grade 12 teachers can receive a $30 discount on membership and enjoy all the benefits of membership. Proof of active teaching status is required to receive discount; visit any MFA ticket desk and present your school ID, letter from the principal or head on school letterhead, or current MTA card. Please note: discount is available in person only; mailed requests will not be honored.

Professional Development Points (PDPs)

Awarded through attendance at three workshops, plus submission (by the end of the school year) of a one-page summary of your follow-up work AND either a Museum visit with your students OR submission of a lesson plan.



Online registration is required, at least 24 hours before the workshop date.

There is a non-refundable processing fee of $2.50 per teacher per workshop.

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Custom Workshops

Looking for professional development for your school or district? We can work with you to develop a program that best fits your curriculum needs.

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