Free admission for all!

Enjoy free admission and special events at the MFA’s annual Fall Open House—and the Fenway Alliance’s 17th annual Opening Our Doors Day. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, dance alongside MetaMovements and Silent Rhythms, catch Sociedad Latina’s performance, and join visiting artist Natalia Arbelaez for a talk. Enjoy art-making activities, spotlight talks, and tours.

Special Events

MetaMovements and Silent Rhythms

10:30 am–Noon, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Get your groove on with MetaMovements (MM), the producers of Salsa in the Park and Silent Rhythms Boston! Join MM dancers and Kerry Thompson, a DeafBlind dancer for salsa lessons and Latin dance lines for all ages and abilities, including those who are Deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, and with visual impairments.

Blind or Low Vision Access
ASL interpretation

Musical Performance: Sociedad Latina

Noon–12:30 pm, Remis Auditorium

Join the Sociedad Latina youth alumni band for a performance in celebration of Latino culture. Hear a mix of Latin jazz, salsa, samba, in this multi-instrumental performance.

Free performance ticket required. Tickets available outside Remis Auditorium starting 60 minutes before show time.

Blind or Low Vision Access
Assistive Listening System

Artist Installation and Talk with Natalia Arbelaez

12:30 and 2:30 pm, Riley Seminar Room, 156

Natalia Arbelaez is a Colombian American artist whose work celebrates immigrant stories, Latin American culture, and pre-Columbian histories. Recently named an Emerging Artist by the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts, Natalia is the 2018–19 Artist in Residence at the Harvard University Ceramics Program. Learn about her work, personal experiences, and what inspires her.

Assistive Listening System
ASL interpretation
2:30 pm

Art-Making Acitivities

Art Making: Maya Vessels

10 am–4 pm, Gallery LG32

Walk downstairs to Gallery LG32 to take a look at the Maya vessels, many with images that tell a story. Design your own vessel. What story will you draw on it?

Blind or Low Vision Access
ASL interpretation
11 am–Noon

Art Making: Self-Portraits

10 am–4 pm, Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

Go to Gallery 335 to see Autorretrato con espejo (Self-Portrait with Mirror), by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros. The artist has made a self-portrait, a picture of himself. What do you notice about it? Walk over to Room 159 to make your own self-portrait.

Blind or Low Vision Access
ASL interpretation
3–4 pm

Passports to the Americas, the Ancient World, and Asia

10 am–4 pm, Sharf Visitor Center

Pick up your Passport for an adventure through the Museum. Each guide includes activities and fun facts the whole family will enjoy.

Tours, Talks, and Walks

Guided Tours

10:30 am, 12:30, 1 (ASL only, no spoken English), 1:30, 2 (en español), and 3:30 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join a free guided tour to explore highlights of the Museum collections. Tours are 60 minutes.

Assistive Listening System
ASL only; no spoken English
1 pm

Family Art Walks

10:30 and 11:30 am, 12:30 and 1:30 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Tour the Museum to look at ancient and modern Latin American art on this 30-minute family-friendly tour.

Assistive Listening System
ASL interpretation
1:30 pm

Spotlight Talks

1, 2, and 3 pm, Gallery 134

Join Susana Reyes, from our Art of the Americas department, for 15-minute talks that dig into the dynamics of Latin America during colonization.

ASL interpretation
3 pm

Mobile MFA Guide

Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center

Rent a mobile MFA Guide to explore the Museum’s collections, including a Kids’ Tour introducing young visitors ages 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas collections.

Members $5; nonmembers $6; kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

Audio Description
ASL Interpreted
Assistive Listening System
Closed Captioning

More to See and Do

Artist Toolbox Cart: Silver

11 am–4 pm, Gallery 135

Handle tools used by silversmiths and see step-by-step progressions to understand the techniques used in works in silver throughout the Museum.

ASL interpretation
12:30 pm

A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA

Pick up one of our free, pocket-sized informational guides on visiting and exploring the Museum with kids. Includes tips, games, and ideas for looking at art together.

Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.


Family Art Cart

10 am–4 pm, Sharf Visitor Center

Discover the MFA with activities designed for children ages 4 and up to do with adults in the galleries. Borrow sketching materials and choose from an array of activities.

The Family Art Cart is available Saturday and Sundays 10 am–4 pm.

Blind or Low Vision Access

Art Connections Activity Cards

10 am–4 pm, Sharf Visitor Center

Pick up an Art Connections activity card and explore writing, chocolate, birds, and other themes throughout the Museum. Recommended Pick up an Art Connections card and explore writing, chocolate, birds, and other themes throughout the Museum.

Recommended for all ages. Available in English and Spanish.


Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)

An Assistive Listening Device is available for gallery tours and talks from the Sharf Visitor Center. Headsets and neckloops are available. For visitors with hearing aids with a T-coil switch, there are induction loops at all entrances, Box Office, and the information desk at Sharf Visitor Center.

Assistive Listening System

Additional Information

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.

Tickets

Tickets are required for free Museum admission, available at all ticket desks.


Sponsors

Fall Open House is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial.