The Museum of Fine Arts Is Reopening Today

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The Museum of Fine Arts Is Reopening Today

The MFA will be reopening its doors to the public on Saturday, September 26.

Earlier in the summer, the Museum of Fine Arts welcomed visitors back with an awesome outdoor movie series ahead of its reopening. Now, the museums is finally welcoming visitors indoors for the first time since closing in March, starting Saturday, September 26!

The museum is finally welcoming the community back indoors and will be reopening its Arts of the Americas wing alongside two temporary exhibitions as part of the initial stage of its phased reopening. Visitors will be able to explore 31 galleries within Arts of the Americas featuring the work of North, Central and South American and Caribbean artists, and some of the MFA’s most beloved objects. The two special exhibitions—Women Take the Floor and the teen-curated Black Histories, Black Futures—will also be available for viewing,  offering visitors another chance to experience the cornerstone shows of the MFA’s 150th anniversary year.

The museum will continue with a phased reopening of its other galleries as these become adapted to the current social distancing guidelines and will also be bringing in three new special exhibitions featuring the works of Monet, Cézanne and Basquiat later in the fall.

“Museums play a crucial role in providing spaces for reflection, solace and inspiration. We’re grateful to welcome Bostonians back to their MFA and bring a shared experience of art into the lives of many once again. This was—and will continue to be—a challenging time for all of us, but we remain guided by our belief in the power of bringing art and people together,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director, on a press release.

The MFA will be reopening at reduced capacity and will require all visitors to prebook their tickets online as no tickets will be sold on-site. The museum has also implemented a series of new health and safety regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here’s the full breakdown:


  • Advance timed-entry tickets will be required for all visitors—members and nonmembers alike.
  • All visitors above the age of two must wear masks inside as well as outside on the Museum’s grounds.
  • Upon arrival, visitors will be expected to complete a health check survey for all members of a party and provide contact information (at least one set per party) for contact tracing purposes.
  • Visible markers and signage will indicate suggested one-way traffic throughout the building, to assist visitors in navigating galleries, stairwells, elevators and other public spaces at a safe distance from others.
  • An intensified cleaning and disinfecting schedule has been implemented and enhanced HVAC filtration installed throughout the building. Additional hand-sanitizer stations have been placed at entrances and other convenient locations.


The MFA will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 am to 5 pm and will also have reserved hours for high-risk visitors during the 10-11 am entry slot every Thursday and member mornings from 10 am until noon every last Sunday of the month.

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