COVID-19 Emergency Response

We can’t wait to welcome visitors back to our galleries, and are carefully considering the many factors involved in creating the safest possible environment for staff and visitors at the Museum. Taking the time to get this right, our cross-departmental teams are diligently working on a reopening approach that puts staff and visitor safety first. The MFA is currently targeting early fall for opening the building for members and the general public. As staff preparations ramp up over the summer, we will host a range of outdoor events on the MFA’s campus starting in September, including concerts and films in partnership with the Roxbury International Film Festival.​

We remain grateful to our public for their patience, and are looking forward to welcoming Boston back to the MFA for the incomparable experience of in-person encounters with works of art. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks, including rescheduled early fall dates for our exhibitions “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation” and “Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression.”

Our first priority is to accommodate the important needs of our staff, including childcare and health concerns; updated office spaces that allow for appropriate physical distancing; and ample notice for those returning from furlough. Simultaneously, we are implementing new safety measures and protocols for our visitors, such as limited gallery capacities, revamped ticketing procedures, mask-wearing requirements, and on-site messaging to help with navigating the Museum at a safe distance from others. We have missed sharing an open building filled with visitors engaging with art and with each other. We can’t wait to welcome all of Boston back to their MFA.

Please continue to check our website for additional updates.

Give Today

Although the MFA is closed to the public, essential staff members are on site protecting the Museum’s masterpieces. Curatorial, education, and communications teams are enhancing online access to the Museum’s collections and programs, and creating new virtual learning materials for students. The generosity of the Museum community has sustained the MFA for 150 years, and your generosity supports these activities and our dedicated staff, and helps us prepare to reopen when it is safe to do so. In these unprecedented times, please consider supporting the Museum, and its art and programs with a gift to the MFA Fund.

Tickets and Events

MFA programs are greatly valued as opportunities for learning and connecting with art; in consultation with community and cultural partners, performers, and city officials, we made the difficult decision to cancel all of the Museum's events and programs through August 31, 2020.

If you have already purchased program tickets for MFA events through August 31, 2020, you should receive an e-mail by April 1 offering the choice of requesting a refund or donating the value of your tickets to the MFA Fund. By choosing a gift to the MFA Fund, you provide critical support for the Museum and the work of its staff, and help us deliver the programs our Boston community has always counted on.

If you are a ticket holder and did not receive an e-mail by April 2, please follow these steps to donate the value of your tickets or receive a refund. Please call our ticket line at 1-800-440-6975 between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, to speak with a representative who may assist you.

If you need to contact us, please e-mail


The MFA stands ready to extend current, new, and renewing MFA memberships to reflect the length of the Museum's closure.