Special Event

Art in Bloom, May 2–4, 2020, has been canceled.
We look forward to seeing you for Art in Bloom 2021.

Art in Bloom

May 2–4, 2020

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, May 1, from Noon 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, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, features family-friendly activities such as drawing in the galleries, story hour and more. Enjoy free Ikebana demonstrations on Saturday from 3 to 4 pm in Remis Auditorium.

Tickets on sale now for group reservations and tours, master classes and lecture,.

Ticketed Events

Philippa Craddock, one of London's leading florists, is well-known for her delicate, natural approach to floristry. Philippa started her flower business from her kitchen table ten years ago. Since then, she has opened a flower shop in Selfridges & Company and collaborated with brands and people around the world, including Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Hermès, and British Vogue. In 2018, Philippa designed the magnificent floral installations and wedding flowers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Join us on Sunday, May 3, as Philippa Craddock presents an inspiring lecture and creates spectacular arrangements that will inspire arrangers of all generations.

Tickets for Philippa Craddock’s classes and lecture/demonstration go on sale February 27 at 10 am.

Philippa Craddock: Master Class I

Saturday, May 2, 10:30 am–12:30 pm, Druker Family Pavilion, Classroom 160
Members $235, nonmembers $280
Preregistration required

Create your own floral arrangement with inspiration and guidance from master florist to the royals, and founder and creative director of England’s Philippa Craddock Flowers.


Philippa Craddock: Master Class II

Saturday, May 2, 2–4 pm, Druker Family Pavilion, Classroom 160
Members $235, nonmembers $280
Preregistration required

Following the same content and format as Master Class I, create your own floral arrangement with inspiration and guidance from master florist to the royals, and founder and creative director of England’s Philippa Craddock Flowers.


Seasonal, Sustainably Grown Flowers: Lecture and Demonstration with Philippa Craddock

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

Floral demonstration and lecture by Philippa Craddock, master florist to the royals! Completely self-taught, Philippa has a refreshing, down-to-earth approach to floristry.

Art in Bloom Market

Saturday–Monday 10 am–5 pm
Member Night 6–9 pm

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. 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

Linde Family Wing, Level G


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)

Shapiro Family Courtyard, Level 1


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

Linde Family Wing, Level 1


Art in Bloom Café

Lighter fare options among masterpieces

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

Koch Gallery, 250


465 Bar and Restaurant

Friday 11:30 am–10 pm (last seating 8:30 pm)
Saturday 11:30 am–5 pm (last seating 3:30 pm)
Member Night 6 pm–8:30 pm (last seating 8 pm)
Sunday and Monday 11:30 am am–5 pm (last seating 3:30 pm)

Linde Family Wing, Level 2

Reservations at 617-369-3474 or limited walk-ins.

Group Reservations

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.

Request an Art in Bloom Group Tour

Private Guided Group Tours

Friday, May 1, 3–7:30 pm (Friday tours sold out)
Saturday, May 2, 10 am–3 pm
Sunday, May 3, 10 am–3 pm
Monday, May 4, 10 am 11 am–3 pm (10–10:45 am tours 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, May 2, 10 am–3:30 pm
Sunday, May 3, 10 am–3:30 pm
Monday, May 4, 10 am 11 am–3:30 pm (10–10:45 am sold out)

$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, May 1, Noon–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, May 2, 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 that showcase design principles of each school of Japanese aesthetics.


Member Night

Saturday, May 2, 6–9 pm

Enjoy a members-only viewing with tours, entertainment, shopping, and dining. Celebrate Art in Bloom 2020 by bringing a guest!

Admission based on membership privileges.


For the Family

Sunday, May 3, 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–3:30 pm
Free with Museum admission

Tour arrangements throughout the Museum.


Designing with Flowers

Noon–3 pm
Free with Museum admission

Enjoy continuous demonstrations of floral arranging for your home.


MFA Outdoor Walking Tour

1 and 2 pm
Free with Museum admission

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

Accessibility

Assisted Listening Device headsets (ALDs) will be available for specified loop tours on Saturday and Sunday. For the schedule of amplified tours, please visit Sharf Visitor Center during Art in Bloom.

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.

Past Events

Special Event

May 1, 2020
12:00 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

May 2, 2020
10:30 am–12:30 pm

Create your own floral arrangement with inspiration and guidance from master florist to the royals, and founder and creative director of England’s...

Special Event

May 2, 2020
2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Create your own floral arrangement with inspiration and guidance from master florist to the royals, and founder and creative director of England’s...

Special Event

May 2, 2020
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 that showcase design...

Member Night

May 2, 2020
6:00 pm–9:00 pm

A members-only viewing of the MFA’s annual Art in Bloom with tours, shopping, and dining. Both “Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression” and “Writing the...

Special Event

May 3, 2020
10:00 am–4:00 pm

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

Special Event

May 3, 2020
1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Floral demonstration and lecture by Philippa Craddock, master florist to the royals! Completely self-taught, Philippa has a refreshing, down-to-earth...

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