Free admission for all. All events are free.
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy free admission all day long at the MFA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House.
There’s an array of vibrant, engaging, and collaborative programs scheduled throughout the day for all ages and abilities, presented in the spirit of Dr. King. Citizens Bank has sponsored the MFA’s MLK Day Open House for 17 consecutive years—allowing the Museum to welcome more than 120,000 visitors into our galleries for free to enjoy performances, tours, talks, art making, and more!
11:30 am, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Join Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director; along with Jerry Sargent, president, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts; and Marie St. Fleur, executive director, King Boston; as they offer commemorative remarks and announce the winners of a citywide student essay contest.
Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight
10 am–5 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Students from the Museum’s ten Community Arts Initiative partners commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1967–68 Poor People’s Campaign through works of art.
Teen Arts Council presents Protest, Liberation, and Unity!
10 am–4 pm, Riley Seminar Room, 156
MFA Teen Arts Council invites you to a multimedia experience exploring the values of unity and liberation. Contribute to the interactive art installation, take a selfie, make protest buttons, and remember movements past and present.
11 am–Noon, Gallery 171
Drop in to enjoy stories about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., community, and collaboration. Stay for one story or the whole hour; great for toddlers.
11 am–3 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Say hello to MFA staff and learn about employment and volunteer opportunities at the Museum.
Boston City Singers
11–11:30 am and Noon–12:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Join Boston City Singers for a show-stopping performance. Learn more about the program at www.bostoncitysingers.org.
Music: Project STEP
1–1:30 and 2:30–3 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Enjoy a performance by Project STEP (String Training Education Program) youth musicians. Learn about the program at www.projectstep.org.
Castle of our Skins
1–1:45 and 3–3:45 pm, Remis Auditorium
Celebrate creativity and culture through music in a blend of uplifting, energetic, and fun pieces featuring string quartets by celebrated African American composers.
Free performance ticket required.
Limited availability: first come, first served. Tickets available outside Remis Auditorium starting 60 minutes before show times.
Many As One
10 am–4 pm, Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about the connection among all people. Look at Montana 009, a gold weaving by Olga de Amaral in Gallery 258. Think about how the many pieces are woven together to make a whole. Return to Room 159 to create your own golden weaving to remind you that we are all connected.
10 am–4 pm, Gallery 328
Allan Rohan Crite was one of the most influential African American artists of the 20th century. Look closely at his painting in Gallery 326A, Tire Jumping in Front of My Window (1936–47). Walk over to Gallery 328 to draw a picture of yourself in your neighborhood. What are your favorite things to see there?
Tours, Talks, and Walks
Guided Tours in English
10:30 am–4:30 pm, Art of the Americas Wing, Levels 2 and 3
Explore the MFA’s rich collection of art by African American artists. Join a tour at any time.
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
10:30 am–4:30 pm, Galleries 138, 142, 232, and 237
Enjoy short talks exploring important works of art and the African American artists who created them. Join a talk at any time.
Galleries 138 and 142
Family Art Walk
10:30 am, 12:30 and 1:30 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
Explore the Museum on a 30-minute kid-friendly tour.
Feeling for Form Tours and Sighted Guides
10:45 am and 1:45 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
Join a multisensory tour of works by African American artists in the morning or a touch tour of select sculptures from the MFA’s collection in the afternoon. For visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted guides available for other events; find out more by speaking to the Access liaison at Sharf Visitor Center.
American Sign Language Tour
11 am and 3 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
No translation to spoken English. Learn about the MFA’s comprehensive collection of art by African American artists, with a focus on works of art in the Contemporary galleries. Tours are 45 minutes and led by Museum-trained guides.
Tour en español
2:30 y 3:30 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
Conozca la amplia colección de arte del MFA realizada por artistas de color; tour con un enfoque particular en obras de arte de las galerías Contemporáneas. Las visitas tienen un duración de 45 minutos.
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.
Tickets are required for free Museum admission, available at all ticket desks.
Visitors to the MFA have three self-parking options: the Huntington Lot, the Fenway Lot, and the Museum Road Garage, all of which have entrances on Museum Road.
Valet parking is available all day at the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance on the Fenway. Valet parking is not available at the Huntington Avenue Entrance.