Free Fun Friday at MFA Boston


Welcome to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and our 10th-annual Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday! Find ten fun things to do today from hands-on art-making activities to engaging tours and thought-provoking exhibitions—all for free. The MFA is one of 100 cultural venues from around the state offering free admission this summer, thanks to support of the Highland Street Foundation. ONE Art Making: Pastels 9:30 am–2 pm | Huntington Lawn Drop in to create a nature-inspired pastel. RAIN LOCATION: 10 AM–2 PM IN KOCH GALLERY, 250 TWO Art Making: Watercolors 10 am–4 pm | Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159 Be inspired by the summer season to paint a watercolor in studio art classroom. THREE Family Art Cart 10 am–4 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard Explore the Museum with one of our family friendly tote bags, includes sketchpad and colored pencils. Pick from a variety of self-guided activities, including puzzles and scavenger hunts! THE FAMILY ART CART IS AVAILABLE IN JULY AND AUGUST ON WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAYS 10 AM-4 PM AND STARTING IN SEPTEMBER ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS 10 AM-4 PM. FOUR Guided Highlight Tours | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center 10:30–11:30 am | Highlights of the Museum Collections 11 am–11:30 am | Three Masterpieces in Asia 11:30 am–12:30 pm | Art of the Americas Noon–12:45 pm | Introduction to the Contemporary Collection 12:30–1 pm | 3 in 30 Minutes 1–2 pm | Art of the Ancient World 2–3 pm | Art of Europe 3–4 pm | Art of the Americas FIVE Family Art Walks: Summertime Fun 10:45 am, 12:15, 1:45 pm | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center Join MFA Educators on a walk through the galleries to find fun depictions of summertime in paintings, prints, photos, and more! SIX Drawing in the Galleries 11 am–4 pm | Shapiro Family Courtyard Grab a pencil and sketch from a live clothed model, nature, and artwork in the Shapiro Family Courtyard! All ranges of drawing experience welcomed! SEVEN MFA Guide Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and the Gund Gallery, LG31 Rent a mobile MFA Guide to explore the Museum’s encyclopedic collection, including a Kids’ tour introducing young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas and Contemporary collections. Nonmembers $6; Members $5; Kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind. EIGHT Artist Toolbox Cart: Painting 5:30–8:30 pm | Gallery 155 Discover how artists turn a blank canvas into a finished pastel or painting. Explore the tools and materials that artists use. Ask questions and discuss techniques. NINE Artist Toolbox Cart: Marble Sculpture 5:30–8:30 pm | Gallery 233 Explore the tools and handle the materials that artists use to transform a block of stone into a sculpture. View demonstration pieces that reveal the step-by-step process behind the creation of objects in the Museum’s collection, ask questions and discuss techniques. TEN 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. Dining Options Outdoor Cafe $ 11 am–8 pm | Huntington Avenue Entrance An al fresco spot to purchase snacks, beverages. Weather permitting. Garden Cafeteria $ 10 am–4 pm | Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level G Perfect for families: a comfortable cafeteria offering a salad bar, pizza, sandwiches, snacks, and desserts. Enjoy seasonal outdoor eating when the weather is nice! Taste Café and Wine Bar $ 10 am–9 pm | Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level 1 Coffee, espresso, tea, and wine, as well as sandwiches, salads, and artisanal desserts. New American Café $$ 10 am–8 pm (lunch service begins at 11:30 am) | Shapiro Family Courtyard Tableside service in the MFA’s soaring glass-enclosed courtyard, featuring creative dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold small plates, entrées, and salads. Bravo $$$ 11:30 am–3 pm and 5:30–8:30 pm | Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level 2 Seasonally inspired cuisine in a modern setting enhance this sophisticated dining experience. Al fresco dining on the patio is available, weather permitting. Bravo accepts reservations at OpenTable or by calling 617-369-3474. After 5 pm, Bravo dinner guests receive complimentary parking in the MFA’s garage. Exhibitions Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and power in the 18th Century Level LG, Gallery LG31 French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault Level 1, Gallery 155 Community Arts Initiative: Endless Feast Level 1, Gallery 168 Collecting Stories: Native American Art Level 2, Gallery 231 Candice Breitz: Love Story Level 2, Gallery 259 Mark Rothko: Reflection Level 2, Gallery 260 Seeking Stillness Level 2, Galleries 261-263 Maia Lynch: In Between Level 2, Gallery 268 Come Back for More ASL Night at the MFA September 26, 2018, 5–10 pm Every Wednesday Free admission for all starting at 4 pm (voluntary contributions welcome) Spend time in the galleries and enjoy a variety of free drop-in programs starting at 6 pm.  CREDITS Access [symbol(s)] The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. All Museum entrances are wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices are available in auditoriums and for gallery tours and activities. For information, visit; email; or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Artist Toolbox Cart is supported by The Wallace Foundation. Bank of America Access Program [LOGO] With additional support from the Maida S. Abrams Fund for Increasing Access and Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities, and MFS Investment Management. Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation. Drawing in the Galleries made possible by The Lowell Institute. Family Art Cart is made possible with endowment support from the Germeshausen Foundation Fund for Youth and Family Learning and the John and Dorothy Wilson Fund. Additional support for Art Connections Activity Cards made possible by Arthur R. Hilsinger and Barbara J. Janson. MFA Guide: Art of the Americas content is made possible through the generous support of the John W. Henry Family Foundation; Art of Ancient Greece and Rome content is made possible through the generous support of The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; and Musical Instruments content is generously provided by the MFA Visiting Committee for Musical Instruments and the David L. Fishman Fund.


Fri July 20, 2018 10:00 am To Fri - July 20, 2018
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