Free admission for all!

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to celebrate Lunar New Year! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day.

  • Ring in the Year of the Pig! Go on a tour or talk highlighting works of art in the Art of Asia galleries; tours in English, American Sign Language, and Mandarin.
  • Enjoy 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.
  • Drop in on hands-on family art-making activities to create your own masterpieces to take home.
  • Watch energetic presentations of Chinese and Vietnamese martial arts, and participate in interactive demonstrations of Saebae, a Korean New Year’s ceremony, and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

Special Events

Community Arts Initiative Installation

10 am–5 pm, Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

Students from the MFA’s ten Community Arts Initiative partner organizations create an installation of lanterns on Lunar New Year themes. Make your own in Shapiro Family Courtyard.


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.


Book Signing: The 8 Brokens: Chinese Bapo Painting

1 and 3 pm, Riley Seminar Room, 156

Author and MFA curator Nancy Berliner discusses and signs her book. Books must be purchased in the Main Bookstore and Shop.


Traditional Korean Dance

2–2:30 pm, Alfond Auditorium
3:30–4:15 pm, Remis Auditorium

See dancers from the New Jersey–based Woorigarak Korean Cultural Art Center perform a dynamic Korean folk and traditional fan and drum dances.

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

Demonstrations

Kung Fu

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

Enjoy an interactive demonstration by instructors and children from the Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy. Enjoy traditional kung fu and an exciting lion dance to ring in the Lunar New Year.

ASL Interpreted
12:30 pm

Tea Ceremony

11 am and 1 pm, Gallery 268

Featuring Xingcai Zhang, tea master and president, World Tea Organization. Presented by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). All ages welcome.

ASL Interpreted
1 pm

Saebae

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.


Vietnamese Martial Arts

1:30–2 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Watch demonstrations to honor Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. Presented by the Vietnamese-American Community of Massachusetts.


Vietnamese Music and Dance

3–3:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Enjoy music and dance on traditional Vietnamese themes of celebrating at home.

Tours and Talks

Mandarin Highlight Tour: 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 collections.

Assistive Listening System

Spotlight Talks: Art of Asia

1–4 pm
Gallery 176 | Vietnamese Ceramics
Gallery 179 | Korean Gallery
Gallery 271 | Chinese Sculpture Gallery
Gallery 274 | Song Dynasty Gallery
Gallery 275 | Chinese Porcelains

Visit any of the galleries for a 15-minute talk to learn about works in the collections. Join a talk at any time.

ASL Interpreted
2–4 pm
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Family Activities

Year of the Pig

10 am–4 pm, Gallery 168

Did you know that 2019 is the Year of the Pig? Find the small Egyptian amulet in the shape of a pig in Gallery 105A. Celebrate Lunar New Year by making a paper pig.

Blind or Low Vision Access
ASL Interpreted
10 am–Noon
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Lanterns

10 am–4 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Make an origami lantern to add to the community project in the Druker Family Pavilion, or to take home to display for the Lunar New Year.

Blind or Low Vision Access
ASL Interpreted
10 am–Noon
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Clay Tea Cups

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

On the first day of the Chinese New Year, the younger generation offers tea to their elders. In Gallery 223, look at The Blue Cup with the woman holding a cup, then make your own cup.

Blind or Low Vision Access
ASL Interpreted
10 am–Noon
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Zodiac Ink Scrolls

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

Discover your Chinese zodiac sign and paint it on a scroll. Look in the galleries to find an animal that looks like your zodiac animal.

Blind or Low Vision Access
ASL Interpreted
10 am–Noon
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Additional Resources

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.


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.

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

Support provided by Arbella Insurance Foundation.

Lunar New Year at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is presented in partnership with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, the Korean Cultural Society of Boston, VietAID, Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts, and the Chinese Culture Connection.