Special Event

Art in Bloom

April 27–29, 2019

Celebrate the return of spring with Art in Bloom, the Museum’s annual festival of fine art and flowers.

Enjoy exquisite art from across the MFA’s collection paired with magnificent floral interpretations created by New England-area garden clubs. Professional designers delight with creative designs in Museum entrances and public spaces.

Art in Bloom launches with a preview of freshly installed arrangements on Friday, April 26, from 3 to 10 pm. Daily events include tours of flower arrangements throughout the galleries; demonstrations of floral arranging for your home; casual dining among masterpieces; and outdoor walking tours. Browse the MFA Art in Bloom Market and Garden Cart for unique gifts and treasures.

The popular Member Night is Saturday, April 27, and Community Day with children’s activities is Sunday, April 28. Free Ikebana demonstrations on Saturday from 3 to 4 pm in Remis Auditorium.

Ticketed Events

Remco van Vliet is a third-generation master florist from the Netherlands and creative director of Van Vliet & Trap Event Design of New York City. Van Vliet & Trap Event Design creates the stunning colossal urn arrangements and accompanying bouquets on view each week in the Great Hall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Van Vliet is also a master florist with The Flower School New York sharing his vast knowledge of floral design and composition. Join us on Sunday, April 28, as Remco van Vliet presents an inspiring lecture and creates spectacular arrangements from classic to contemporary that will inspire arrangers of all generations.

Remco van Vliet: Master Class I (Sold Out)

Saturday, April 27, 10:30 am–12:30 pm, Druker Family Pavilion, Classroom 160
Members $225, nonmembers $270

Create your own floral arrangement with inspiration and guidance from Master Florist Remco van Vliet, creative director of Van Vliet & Trap Event Design NYC.


Remco van Vliet: Master Class II (Sold Out)

Saturday, April 27, 2–4 pm, Druker Family Pavilion, Classroom 160
Members $225, nonmembers $270

Create your own floral arrangement with inspiration and guidance from Master Florist Remco van Vliet, creative director of Van Vliet & Trap Event Design NYC.


Remco van Vliet: Still Life, Still Alive!

Sunday, April 28, 1–3 pm, Remis Auditorium
Members $40, nonmembers $50

Floral demonstration and lecture by Remco van Vliet with creative techniques for designing spectacular arrangements from classic to contemporary.

Art in Bloom Market

Experience great shopping opportunities at this year’s Art in Bloom! The Garden Cart features its signature floral teacups and many new flower- and gardening-related items. The Shapiro Family Courtyard blooms with specialty items for your shopping and gifting pleasure. Artisan vendors sell jewelry, table wares, garden objects, accessories, and much, much more!

Dining

Garden Cafeteria

Friday–Monday 10 am–4 pm

New American Café

Friday 11:30 am–8 pm (last seating 7:30 pm)
Saturday 10 am–4 pm (last seating 3:30 pm)
Member Night 6–8:30 pm (last seating 8 pm)
Sunday and Monday 11:30 am–4 pm (last seating 3:30 pm)

Taste Café

Friday 10 am–9:30 pm
Saturday 10 am–4:30 pm
Member Night 6 pm–8:30 pm
Sunday and Monday 10 am–4:30 pm

Lighter fare options among masterpieces

Saturday–Monday 10 am–4 pm
Member Night 6–8 pm

Casually elegant prix fixe three-course menu with paired beverage. Live musician accompanies your dining experience. Reservations at 617-369-3487 or limited walk-ins.

Friday 5:30–8:30 pm (last seating 8 pm)
Saturday 11:30 am–3 pm (last seating 2:30 pm)
Member Night 6–8:30 pm (last seating 8 pm)
Sunday and Monday 11:30 am–3 pm (last seating 2:30 pm)

Sample Menu

Prix Fixe $55

Starters

Cauliflower velouté, tarragon/chive oil, sourdough croutons

Baby arugula, roasted beets, basil pesto, candied walnuts

Smoked trout, dill paint, lemon aioli, fried capers, sesame crisp

Entrees

Grilled Salmon, sesame-scallion-soy, charred lemon, grilled asparagus, quinoa pilaf

Roasted Bell & Evans breast of chicken, herbed fregola, roasted cauliflower, dark chicken jus, blossoms

Bloom Burger, avocado aioli, crispy onions, Sriracha dusted chips, house pickle

Rainbow carrots, caraway whipped chèvre, puffed farro, radish, chervil

Dessert

Mango sorbet, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, violet sugar cookie

Glass of Wine

Group Reservations

Note: reservations for group tours are no longer accepted

Bring your group of ten or more for a private guided tour of the floral arrangements or opt to tour the galleries on your own.

Private Guided Group Tours

Friday, April 26, 3–7:30 pm (Sold Out)
Saturday, April 27, 10 am–11:45 am (Sold Out)
Sunday, April 28, 10 am–11:45 am (Sold Out)
Monday, April 29, 10 am–11:45 am (Sold Out)

$35 per person

10–15 people per private guided group tour. Advance reservation required. Member discounts do not apply.


Self-Guided Group Tours

Saturday–Monday, April 27–29, 10 am–3:45 pm

$25 Adult, $23 Senior/Student, $10 Youth, Members free

10 or more people per self-guided group tour. Advance reservation required.

Special Events

Friday Preview

Friday, April 26, 3–10 pm
Free with Museum admission

Wander the galleries with a program map and discover this year’s freshly designed arrangements. Make an evening of it with cocktails or dinner at one of the Museum’s restaurants.


Celebrate Art in Bloom with Ikebana

Saturday, April 27, 3–4 pm, Remis Auditorium
Free with Museum admission

Join floral designers from three Boston-area chapters of Ikebana schools—Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu—as they create arrangements showcasing the design principles of each school of Japanese aesthetics.


Member Night

Saturday, April 27, 6–9 pm

Enjoy a members-only viewing with tours, shopping and dining.

Admission based on membership privileges.


Art in Bloom Community Day

Sunday, April 28, 10 am–4 pm
Free with Museum admission

Celebrate Art in Bloom with family-friendly programming and entertainment.

Daily Events

Daily Tours

10:30 am–3:45 pm
Free with Museum admission

Tour arrangements throughout the Museum.


Designing with Flowers

Noon–3:30 pm
Free with Museum admission

Enjoy continuous demonstrations of floral arranging for your home.


MFA Outdoor Walking Tour

1–2 pm
Free with Museum admission

Discover the MFA’s architecture, outdoor sculpture, and neighboring gardens.

Accessibility

The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Accessibility, e-mail access@mfa.org, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Ticket Packages

Free with Museum Admission

Past Events

Special Event

April 26, 2019
3:00 pm–10:00 pm

Wander the galleries with a program map and discover this year’s freshly designed arrangements. Make an evening of it with cocktails or dinner at one...

Special Event

April 27, 2019
10:30 am–12:30 pm

Create your own floral arrangement with inspiration and guidance from Master Florist Remco van Vliet, creative director of Van Vliet & Trap Event...

Special Event

April 27, 2019
2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Create your own floral arrangement with inspiration and guidance from Master Florist Remco van Vliet, creative director of Van Vliet & Trap Event...

Special Event

April 27, 2019
3:00 pm–4:00 pm

Join floral designers from three Boston-area chapters of Ikebana schools—Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu—as they create arrangements showcasing the design...

Special Event

April 28, 2019
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Celebrate Art in Bloom with family-friendly programming and entertainment. Events Boston City Singers 11–11:30 am, Gallery 168 Boston City Singers, a...

Special Event

April 28, 2019
1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Floral demonstration and lecture by Remco van Vliet with creative techniques for designing spectacular arrangements from classic to contemporary.

Sponsors

MT Bank-Wilmington Trust logo

Art in Bloom Weekend Sponsor

Fitch and Fox Hill Village logos

Supporting Sponsors

Arbella Insurance Foundation logo

Art in Bloom Community Day Sponsor

Additional in-kind support provided by Universal Wilde.