Free admission for all!

Ring in the Year of the Dog with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to celebrate Lunar New Year! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying a variety of music and dance performances throughout the Museum—including lion dances performed by the Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe and Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy. The New Jersey–based Korean Traditional Arts Academy also performs.

Participate in an interactive demonstration of Saebae, a Korean New Year’s ceremony; go on a tour or talk highlighting works in the Art of Asia galleries, offered in English, American Sign Language, and Mandarin; watch demonstrations of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese martial arts; and embark on a scavenger hunt in the galleries or drop in on hands-on family art-making activities to create your own masterpieces to take home.

Special Events

Community Arts Initiative Installation

10 am–5 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Students from the MFA’s ten Community Arts Initiative partner organizations created a collaborative installation of lanterns inspired by Lunar New Year themes. Drop in to see them, then make your own.

Kung Fu

10:30–11 am, 12:30–1 and 1:30–2 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Enjoy an interactive demonstration of Chinese martial arts by instructors and children from the Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy. Performances include traditional kung fu exhibitions and exciting lion and monkey king dances to ring in the Year of the Dog!

ASL Interpreted
1:30 pm

Yoga and Meditation

10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–Noon, Gallery 280

Learn yoga techniques with a nod to the downward dog and the fine art of meditation with Elyse Bergamini. All ages welcome.

ASL Interpreted
10:30 am


11 am–Noon, 1–2 and 3–4 pm, Gallery 250

Participate in a traditional bowing and greeting ceremony practiced in Korea during New Year celebrations, hosted by members of the Korean Cultural Society of Boston.

Lion Dance: Gund Kwok

11:30 am–12:15 pm and 1:30–2:15 pm, Remis Auditorium

Watch a festive Chinese lion dance performance by Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe. Join Gund Kwok after their performance to try on costumes and learn some techniques.

Free performance ticket required.
Limited availability: first come, first served. Tickets available at Remis Auditorium Box Office starting 60 minutes before show times.

Assistive Listening System

Traditional Music of Vietnam

11:30 am–Noon, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Listen to the beautiful sounds of the 16-string zither, an important instrument in Vietnamese culture, played by Anh-Thao. Then, watch as young dancers perform a traditional candle dance.

Traditional Korean Dance

2–2:30 pm, Alfond Auditorium
3:30–4 pm, Remis Auditorium

See dancers from the New Jersey–based Hea Sun Jung Korean Traditional Dance Academy perform a repertoire of dynamic Korean folk and traditional fan and drum dances.

Free performance ticket required.
Limited availability: first come, first served. Tickets available at Alfond Auditorium ticket desk for 2 pm show, starting 30 minutes before show time. Tickets available at Remis Auditorium Box Office for 3:30 pm show, starting 60 minutes before show time.

Assistive Listening System

Tours and Talks

Mandarin Highlight Tours: Art of Asia

10:30, 11:15 am, and Noon, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join a 30-minute tour in Mandarin Chinese, featuring masterpieces from the Museum’s vast Art of Asia collections.

Assistive Listening System

Mandarin Marshal Xin of Thunder Spotlight Talks

10:45 and 11:30 am, 12:15, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, and 3:45 pm, Meet in Gallery 178

Learn about the newly restored Chinese silk painting of Marshal Xin, a general of thunder, in a 15-minute talk in Mandarin Chinese led by Irene Chang.

American Sign Language Highlight Tour

11 am, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Visit masterpieces from the Museum’s collections on this one-hour tour led by a trained Access Guide.

ASL only; no spoken English

Spotlight Talks: Art of Asia

1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, and 4 pm
Gallery 176 | Vietnamese ceramics
Gallery 178 | Marshal Xin of Thunder
Gallery 179 | Korean Gallery
Gallery 271 | Chinese Sculpture Gallery
Gallery 274 | Song Dynasty Gallery

Visit any of the galleries listed for one of these 15-minute talks to learn about works in the MFA’s Art of Asia collections, including those from Korea, Vietnam, and China.

ASL Interpreted
2:30 pm in Galleries 176 and 178
3 pm in Galleries 178 and 179
3:30 and 4 pm in Galleries 271 and 274

Family Art-Making Activities

Puppets and Scavenger Hunt

10 am–4 pm, Gallery 168

Did you know that 2018 is the Year of the Dog? Celebrate by making a dynamic dog puppet. Then, pick up a scavenger hunt to search through the galleries for delightful doggies!


10 am–4 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Make a lantern for Lunar New Year. Add yours to the community project, or take it home to display.

ASL Interpreted
11 am–Noon

Hand Drums

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

According to Chinese tradition, making noise frightens away the old year’s evil spirits as the new year begins. Create your own hand drum inspired by art in the MFA’s collection and make some noise to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Zodiac Ink Scrolls

10 am–4 pm, Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160

Discover your zodiac sign and learn techniques for Sumi ink painting to design your zodiac animal on a scroll.

ASL Interpreted
11 am–Noon

Family Art Cart

10 am–4 pm, Sharf Visitor Center

Choose from an array of activities designed to guide you through the galleries with fun facts, games, and more. Art Cards are available with tactile graphics, large print, and Braille.

Available every Saturday and Sunday through June in the Shapiro Family Courtyard from 10 am–4 pm.

Family- and Kid-Friendly Self-Guiding Materials

Sharf Visitor Center

Pick up an Art Connections activity card in English or Spanish to explore writing, chocolate, birds, and other themes; get a My MFA Sketchbook to draw in the galleries; or find the helpful Guide to Family Fun at the MFA, available in English, Spanish, and Chinese, with tips, games, and more for exploring the Museum.

Additional Resources

Artist Toolbox Carts

11 am–4 pm, Galleries 242 and 254

Explore the tools and materials that artists use and view demonstration pieces revealing the steps in creating many of the objects at the MFA.

MFA Guide

Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and the Gund Gallery, LG31

Rent a mobile MFA Guide to explore the Museum’s collections, including a Kids’ tour introducing young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas collection. A selection of highlights is narrated in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and ASL. Many stops are accessible to visitors who are Deaf or blind.

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

Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) and Maps

An assistive listening system is available for gallery tours and talks from 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, the box office, and the Information desk at Sharf Visitor Center. Large type maps are available at Sharf Visitor Center.

Assistive Listening System

MFA Citizens

Are you or is someone you know a new US citizen?

Learn more at any ticket or Member desk. New US citizens living in Massachusetts can receive a free one-year family membership to the MFA! Just come to the Museum, show a copy or photo of your naturalization certificate at any ticket desk within one year of your swearing-in, and you will get a free Museum membership for one year.

EBT Card to Culture

Electronic Benefits Transfer

Present Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards at any ticket desk and receive up to four $3 tickets good for adult, senior, or student admission. Kids ages 17 and younger are always free.

Additional Information


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


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

Mark Your Calendar

Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures

February 19–23, 10 am–4 pm (Wed to 8 pm)
April 17–20, 10 am–4 pm (Wed to 8 pm)

Nowruz 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ring in the Persian New Year with performances and activities the whole family will enjoy. Free programs with Museum admission.

Every Wednesday

Free admission for all starting at 4 pm (voluntary contributions welcome)

Spend time in the galleries and enjoy a variety of free drop-in programs starting at 6 pm.


Support provided by John and Stephanie Fan and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Boston.

Special thanks to Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center—BCNC.

Special thanks to Korean Cultural Society of Boston.

Special thanks to Vietnamese American Initiative for Development.

Special thanks to the Chinese Culture Connection.