Free admission for all

Kick off the summer season with family art-making activities, gallery tours and talks, musical performances, and film screenings. Hear engaging performances throughout the day including a multidisciplinary concert created by teens from Sociedad Latina. Make art inspired by the exciting exhibitions on view, including “M. C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions” and “Phantasmagoria.”

Special Events

Musical Performance: Sociedad Latina

Noon–12:30 pm, Remis Auditorium

Join students from Sociedad Latina for this multimedia performance—and culmination of their yearlong efforts preventing youth violence. By advocating for more arts opportunities in and out of school, the goal is to offer safe, creative spaces for youth to work, create, and engage. Led by Sociedad Latina music clubhouse coordinator Josh Snyder and MFA educator Lena McCarthy, teens explored works of art during workshops and visits to the MFA as they designed this one-of-a-kind presentation.

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

Blind or Low Vision Access
Assistive Listening System

New Immigrant and Refugee Visions Screen + Discuss

2:30–3:30 pm, Remis Auditorium

Join a community dialogue about immigration in America, prompted by the screening of two short documentary films produced by recent immigrants. These New Immigrant and Refugee Visions films created through Community Supported Films (CSF) provide a unique perspective on the integration challenges faced by immigrants. Following the screening, engage in discussion with the filmmakers and CSF staff about the issues that face our community and country today.

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

Assistive Listening System

“Immigration Nation” by Nora Valdez

10 am–5 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard, Gallery 168, and Druker Family Pavilion

Argentine-born and Boston-based artist Nora Valdez presents “Immigration Nation”—a work bringing together more than 100 sculptures made by members of the Boston community with Valdez’s direction. The suitcases tell individual stories of immigrant journeys and experiences.

Family Art-Making Activities

Drawing on the Lawn

9:30 am–2:30 pm, Huntington Avenue Lawn

Be inspired by your built and natural surroundings. Join artist and educator Elizabeth Taylor to learn drawing tips and sketch what you see. All levels of drawing experience are welcome.

Rain Location: Gallery 207

Blind or Low Vision Access

Art Making: Perfect Patterns

10 am–4 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

Visit the exhibition “Collecting Stories: Native American Art” in Gallery 231. Look for different geometric designs and patterns as you explore the gallery. Create your own pattern with oil pastels downstairs in Shapiro Family Courtyard.


Art Making: Family Prints

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

Check out “(un)expected families” in Galleries 169 and 170. Look at the many photographs on display. Walk to the Druker Family Pavilion to make an ink print of your family or of someone you love.

ASL Interpreted
2:30–3:30 pm

Art Making: Favorite Foods

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

Explore “Community Arts Initiative: Endless Feast” in Gallery 168 and look closely at the different foods represented. What foods do you eat with your friends or family? Walk down the hallway to the Druker Family Pavilion to make a miniature clay version of your own favorite food.

ASL Interpreted
2:30–3:30 pm

Tours, Talks, and Walks

Guided Highlights Tours in English

10:30 and 11:30 am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join an hour-long tour to learn, through looking at art, how different countries, cultures, and religions have honored their departed.

ASL Interpreted
3:30 pm
Assistive Listening System

American Sign Language Tours

11:45 am and 1:45 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

ASL Guide Leon Jerfita leads this one-hour tour exploring objects in the MFA’s collection based around the theme of remembrance.

ASL with spoken English translation
11:45 am
ASL only; no spoken English
1:45 pm

Tour en español

2:45 pm | Nos reunimos en el Sharf Visitor Center

Conozca la amplia colección de arte del MFA realizada por artistas de color, con un enfoque particular en obras de arte de las galerías Contemporáneas. Las visitas tienen un duración de 45 minutos.

Assistive Listening System

Family Art Walks

11 am, Noon, and 1 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Take a 30-minute walk with a Museum educator to see inspiring, artful, and everyday objects in the MFA’s collection.

ASL Interpreted
11 am
Assistive Listening System

Artist Talks with Nora Valdez

11:30 am and 2 pm, Riley Seminar Room, 156

Spend 30 minutes with artist Nora Valdez to learn about “Immigration Nation” and to hear personal experiences, stories, and about other works.

Limited seating available: first come, first served.

ASL Interpreted
2 pm

Additional Resources

MFA Guide

Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center

Rent a mobile MFA Guide to explore the Museum’s encyclopedic collection.

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

Artist Toolbox Carts

Painting: 11 am–4 pm, Gallery 254
Marble Sculpture: 11 am–4 pm, Gallery 233

Discover how artists turn a blank canvas into a finished painting or transform a block of stone into a sculpture. Explore the tools and materials that artists use. Ask questions and discuss techniques.


Family- and Kid-Friendly Self-Guiding Materials

Sharf Visitor Center

Pick up an Art Connections activity card to explore writing, chocolate, birds, and other themes (available in English and Spanish); 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 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.


Sponsors

Memorial Day Open House is generously supported by MFA Associates/MFA Senior Associates.