Visiting with Kids and Family

With surprises around every corner, the MFA is a perfect place for the kids in your life!

A wondrous and welcoming place to spend quality time with friends and family! We have exhibitions that will keep kids smiling for hours, programs to spark the imagination, and even on-the-go sketchbooks for exploring the galleries. With ever-changing things to do, get the best value with a Family Membership, which includes free admission for kids, exclusive discounts, and guest passes galore.

Family Membership

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Contributor Membership

Starting at $115, a Contributor membership includes a year of free admission for two adults and up to six children (17 and under). Discounts on parking, shopping, classes, and more!

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Art and Exhibitions

A variety of mummies on display in gallery

Mummies

The ancient Egyptians wanted to live forever. Visit this gallery to see five mummies and the precious goods they took with them to the afterlife.

Programs and Activities

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Family Art Cart

Discover the MFA with free fun (and educational!) activities designed for children ages 4 and up to do with adults in the galleries.

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Junior Artists

Enjoy a weekly free drop-in creative morning for families with children ages 5 to 8. Look closely at art, make art, and have fun!

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MFA Playdates

Bring your toddler to enjoy free story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making.

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Self-Guided Activities

Explore the MFA with your children! Download these self-guided activity sheets or stop by the Sharf Visitor Center to check out a family tote bag filled with a variety of fun activities, pick up activity sheets, and find out about the day’s programs.

Resources and Amenities

Before you visit, review this helpful guide (PDF), filled with ideas for looking together with children in the MFA and lists of other activities to enjoy in the Museum.

Dining

The Garden Cafeteria, located on the Courtyard Level in the Linde Family Wing, is open daily from 10 am–4 pm and features inexpensive, kid-friendly options.

The New American Café located in the Shapiro Family Courtyard also features a kids' menu.

Taste Café located on Level 1 of the Linde Family Wing has family-friendly options including kids meal packs.

We also offer inexpensive options in a vending machine open during all Museum hours, located in the foyer outside the Garden Cafeteria.

See all MFA dining options.

Shops

Visit the Main Bookstore & Shop in the Linde Family Wing, the MFA Signature Shop near the Huntington Avenue Entrance, and the Gund Gallery exhibition shop when an exhibition is on view for a great selection of children’s toys, books, and crafts.

Strollers

Strollers are allowed in all galleries; however, there may by restrictions for some special exhibitions. Backpack-style child carriers are not allowed.

Baby-Changing Areas

Baby-changing areas are located in restrooms throughout the Museum.

Nursing Room

Mothers seeking to nurse their babies may use our quiet, private nursing room off of the Hemicycle Gallery; ask any staff member for directions.

Everyone Restrooms

You can find two Everyone, or single-occupancy, restrooms, on Level G below Sharf Visitor Center. The spaces are equipped with changing tables and are fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs, require assistance, or privacy.

Enjoy the art at the MFA—but please don’t touch it!

Keep hands, bags, and small children at least 12 inches away from all artwork. Thank you for your help in preserving the art for others to enjoy.

The MFA Guide Kids’ Tour introduces young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas collections. The galleries are brought to life with the help of three quirky animated characters: Lucia, a high school reporter; Steve, an adventurous 10-year-old; and Malone, an art detective. Together they help kids look at art in new, creative ways.

Rent an MFA Guide at any ticket desk or Sharf Visitor Center. Members $5; nonmembers $6; kids 17 and under $4. MFA Guides are free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

Audio Description
ASL Interpreted
Assistive Listening System
Closed Captioning

Groups of children and teens with disabilities are served through Artful Adventures, an inclusive program at the MFA.

Beyond the Spectrum offers a specialized experience once a month for children with autism.

MFA Playdates offers a sensory-friendly experience led by specially trained teachers. Tours return to a quieter, low-lit gallery for art activities. Available on the first Monday of the month at 10:15 am.

Questions? For more at Accessibility, access@mfa.org, or 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY).

Multi-session and-one-day workshops are offered throughout the year. For more information and to register, visit Studio Art Classes.