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Museum of Fine Arts
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Ranked #2 of 400 things to do in Boston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

I have not been to the MFA for probably 10 years and was astounded at the fabulous changes and improvements. Of course the collection is still extremely high-quality, but the new galleries and displays show it off even better. I was not expecting to enjoy the new American wing as much as I did (I usually gravitate to European art). The rooms are so well displayed and labeled that I spent much more time than I had planned in it. The mixing of decorative arts, painting and sculpture in the American galleries really set a lovely tone, along with the helpful and extensive signage. The Egyptian galleries have been redone and are even more spectacular than before. The Asian art is extensive and lovely. All the European art is beautiful and well labeled. The special exhibits were fine, not my particular interests, but well displayed. The museum shop is terrific, with a huge book selection, wonderful gifts and all sorts of good things to buy. The Zen garden outside is a beautiful spot to linger for a few minutes either before or after your visit. Leave enough time to see everything you want to - you can easily spend 4-5 hours there. Overall this is one of the best museums in the US, with an extensive collection of amazing quality and breadth, attractively and informatively displayed. Yes, it's an expensive ticket (but you can revisit for free within 10 days) however, it's worth every penny if you enjoy good art.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Bit pricey, we realised we could have gone free the Wednesday afternoon. But definitely a comprehensive collection of interesting stuff. We liked the American contemporary art which just seemed to stand out from the rest. Great shop, and beautiful building.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

MFI is a fantastic museum containing plenty of artefacts from ancient Egypt, but it contains some fabulous pieces of art from the best known European artists. Unless you really want detail, I would avoid the audio guide. $25 adult entry - worth every cent.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Nothing to dislike about one of the great art museums in the country, certainly one of the best on the New England Coast. If you like Winslow Homer and many of the American Impressionists, this is your museum.

Thank Tom R
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

The building is intimidatingly huge with a great deal of empty space, requiring cruel amounts of walking. The entrance fee is $25 - more than almost any comparable place. The collections are well done, but a lot of the European art is second rate. Best thing is the reconstructions of American rooms from 18th and 19th centuries. Although the so-called 18th century furniture is so impossibly clean, it can never have been used and preserved for over 200 years.

Thank Becky0210
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