To make the most of your group visit to the MFA, please take a look at our Tips for Groups before requesting a visit.

Tips for All Groups

Requesting a Group Visit

To book a group visit, complete an Adult/University online request form or see School Group Options and Reservations.. Requests should be made at least four weeks in advance of your visit.


For cancellations or changes to a reservation, e-mail or call 617-369-3310.

Optimal Times

Guided tours for School Groups are scheduled for weekday mornings. We strongly encourage other groups to visit during weekday afternoons for easier entry and to avoid crowded galleries.

Group Entrance

Our dedicated Group Entrance is located on Museum Road on the west (left) side of the Museum on Museum Road. Limited, complimentary bus parking is located just outside the entrance for visitng groups.

Coat and Bag Check

Large bags and knapsacks are not permitted in the Museum. Bins and racks are available for coats, bags, and other items. The following items cannot be checked: laptop computers, cameras, and other valuables. The Museum is not responsible for any lost property.

MFA Guides

Our touch screen MFA Guides provide in-depth information throughout the Museum, including special exhibitions. The guide is available for rent in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, German, and Russian.

  • Adult/University Groups: $6 each.
  • School/Youth Groups: $2 each.

Additional Tips for Schools

Multiple Visits

Book multiple visits with your school group during the school year, and receive a discount. First and second visits are full price. Subsequent visits are $4 per student. You must book all visits at one time.


One chaperone for every 10 students is required and admitted free. Additional adults are charged $20 each.

Gallery Capacity and Guidelines

In order to ensure a meaningful learning experience for all students, gallery capacity is monitored. If a gallery is full, the MFA’s Protective Services staff may advise a group to wait before entering.

Please see Protecting Visitors and the Artwork for proper group behavior in the galleries.


Limited space for your school group to eat lunch is available on a pre-registered basis. The cost of reserving tables is $40 per half hour. Tables accommodate 60 students (larger groups need to reserve multiple time slots).

Groups may reserve lunch tables and bring bagged lunches, but are not allowed to eat in the cafeteria.

Groups are also welcome to eat bagged lunches outside on MFA grounds, free of charge, with the exception of the Calderwood Courtyard where it is not permitted. Please note that there are no sheltered outdoor spaces, nor are there indoor facilities, available during winter months or inclement weather.