From friendly dogs to wild elephants, the MFA is filled with artful animals during Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures. Be inspired by the furry, fluffy, and feathered to create art. Hunt for animals on a family tour. Listen to animal-themed children’s stories and attend a performance.
All ages and abilities welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Free admission for kids all week. (Kids 6 and under always get free admission to the MFA, and kids 7 to 17 are free during non-school hours. See Visiting with Kids and Family for more information.)
Family Art Walk
Every 15 minutes from 10:30 am to Noon, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
Join a Gallery Instructor and go on a hunt to see what animals are hiding in the MFA’s collection. Tours are 30 minutes. Fun for all ages!
Wednesday 10:30 am
10:30 am and 1:30 pm, Gallery 271 (By the Guardian Lion)
Sit by the guardian lion and listen to stories about beasts both wild and tame. Stay for one story or the entire hour.
Wednesday 1:30 pm
Evelyn Vanderhoop Raven’s Tail Robe Weaving Demonstration
Haida artist Evelyn Vanderhoop demonstratea techniques used in weaving the Raven’s Tail Robe, a strikingly patterned and fringed robe she has created for the MFA.
Trend N Motion
Monday, February 18, Wednesday, February 20, and Friday, February 22
11:30 am and 1 pm (30 minutes)
Trend N Motion hip-hop troupe moves to Hip Hop, Afro Caribbean, and Latin rhythms, spreading the joyous spirit of dance at the MFA in special animal costumes and routines.
Wednesday 11:30 am
Gund Kwok Lion Dance Troupe
Tuesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 21
11:30 am and 1 pm (30 minutes)
Join us for a Chinese lion dance. Enjoy the rhythmic beat and elaborate costumes of Gund Kwok, the only Asian all-women lion and dragon dance troupe in the US.
Evelyn Vanderhoop Raven’s Tail Robe Dance
Wednesday, February 20
Accompanied by her daughter, master singer and drummer Tiffany Vanderhoop, Haida artist Evelyn Vanderhoop shows how the strikingly patterned and fringed Raven’s Tail Robe that the artist created for the MFA comes to life with movement.
10 am–4 pm (to 8 pm on Wednesday)
Crocodile and Mudfish
A cast copper plaque hanging on the wall shows a crocodile holding a mudfish in its mouth. Both animals live in swampy rivers. If the water dries out, a mudfish survives by burrowing into moist, muddy areas. What other animals live in or near rivers? Carve a river animal in copper foil.
Charming the Animals
Make your way to Gallery 242. Look at the painting called Orpheus Charming the Animals. Can you spy a leopard? The man playing the violin is Orpheus. All of the animals are listening to his music. Draw yourself surrounded by animals as you make music. What instrument will you play? What animals will be near you?
Shapiro Family Courtyard
Visit Gallery 142 to see Meissen porcelain birds. Look closely at their feathers and other details. Can you find a peacock? There is also a dragon; can you find it? Take a short walk into Shapiro Family Courtyard and create your own 3-D bird.
Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Look at the two powerful animals in combat in the Gallery 110 alcove. The lion symbolizes the sun, love, and destruction. The bull symbolizes strength and chaos. What is the most powerful animal you can think of? Walk over to Room 159 to sculpt it in clay.
Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up an Art Connections Activity Card and explore horses, birds, chocolate, and other themes throughout the Museum.
Recommended for all ages. Available in English and Spanish.
Made possible by Arthur R. Hilsinger and Barbara J. Janson
A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA
Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up one of our free pocket-sized informational guides on visiting and exploring the Museum with kids. Includes tips, gallery games, and ideas for looking at and discussing art together.
Available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese
Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and Gund Gallery, LG31
The Kids’ mobile tour introduces young visitors ages 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas collections. The galleries are brought to life with the help of three quirky characters: Lucia, a high school reporter; Steve, an adventurous 10-year-old; and Malone, an art detective. Together they help kids look at art in new, creative ways.
Members $5; nonmembers $6; kids 17 and under $4; free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.
MFA Guide: Art of the Americas content is made possible through the generous support of the John W. Henry Family Foundation; Art of Ancient Greece and Rome content is made possible through the generous support of the Barrington Foundation, Inc.; and Musical Instruments content is generously provided by the MFA Visiting Committee for Musical Instruments and the David L. Fishman Fund.
The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Accessibility, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.