I spent around 4.5 hours at the museum and perhaps only saw a quarter of the museum exhibits. I often get bored in art museums after about an hour or two because I do not find paintings to be too terribly exciting. The Museum of Fine Arts had sculptures, masks, furniture, and artifacts from every period and region. I was engaged by the interesting and clever exhibits for the entirety of my visit.
I explored the exhibits focused on ancient African history, Revolutionary and Early Republic New England, eighteenth-century American art, ancient Greece and Rome, ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia and the Persian Empire, and Monet paintings. Naturally I loved everything associated with the American Revolution and the Early Republic. I also enjoyed the exhibits that focused on ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire.
One thing I loved about the museum were the "mini" exhibits. There were small rooms throughout the museum that would be focused on one or two art pieces. One room was meant to imitate an ancient Egyptian burial antechamber. All of the walls were covered in actual Egyptians bricks and the room temperature was cranked up to simulate a hot Egyptian summer. Another room was cold and dark and featured a European Medieval stained glass window and a statue of a man praying. These little rooms made it feel as if you had just discovered something special and intimate.
Next time I hope to focus more on the European and modern art. There is so much to explore in this museum and I am excited to visit again.
Here are some tips if you plan on visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston:
- Skip the expensive and mediocre museum cafes and lunch at a nearby restaurant.
- If you plan on visiting the museum for more than 4 hours, valet park instead of using the parking structure. They cost about the same and you will not have to deal with the stress of the parking structure.
- Members are free. Children under the age of 6 are always free and children between the ages of seven and seventeen are free during weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston public school holiday. There is a small senior discount. There also seemed to be a deal going on involving Bank of America members.
- Participants in the University Membership program receive free admission. New Hampshire and Maine resident students also receive free admission, so my ticket was free!