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“So much to see!”

Museum of Fine Arts
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$59.00*
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Ranked #5 of 410 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 March 24, 2014

Wear your walking shoes and don't expect to see everything! There is just SO much! A wonderful collection of so many different mediums and styles. I never tire of it!

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Reviewed March 24, 2014

I am a museum novice and don't particularly care to visit one unless prodded. But I can say the MFA is a masterpiece! Regular admission of $25 per person is a bit steep, especially if you are going with a loved one or friend. We read online that you can get into MFA after 4 p.m. Wednesday (donation suggested.) We gave $10 and it was a steal!
Be prepared, though, to spend LOTS of time here. The museum is vast and varied. There are incredible sights here! Be sure to visit when going to Boston.

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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Just my luck that the Impressionist galleries were being renovated - however, the reduced selection on display as part of their Boston Loves Impressionism almost made up for it. All in all, an excellent museum for painting - however, Chicago Art Institute still ahead for me...

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

The visit was overcrowded and not enjoyable. The museum should better monitor how many visitors enter an exhibition.

Thank tan1950
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

The Museum of Fine Arts is overwhelming--you could easily spend several days here and still not see everything! We spent six hours here and tried to hit the highlights--the Impressionist exhibit, some of the European art, the Ancient Egypt galleries, the American Revolution collection, and the Japanese prints. It's hard to pick a highlight--everything was spectacular. I would recommend spending a lot of time in the "Boston Loves Impressionism" exhibit, which is only up for a limited time. Highlights were Van Gogh's "Houses at Auvers," Monet's "Water Lilies," Renoir's "Girls Picking Flowers in a Meadow," and Monet's "Cap D'Antibes Mistral." We decided to take the one-hour "European Highlights" tour, and it was well worth our time. Our soft-spoken, charismatic and knowledgeable docent gave us the stories behind many famous paintings and taught us art terminology.

Following the tour, we headed to the Ancient World exhibit. The Ancient Egyptian collection is both fascinating and extensive. Highlights included a sarcophagus commissioned by Hatshepsut, a number of "false doors" to tombs, and some exquisitely-preserved hieroglyphs and carvings. We also saw a statue of Ramsses II and a fragment of Hatshepsut's obelisk. The signs were very informative and gave us the full picture of Ancient Egyptian culture and architecture through the ages. If you have limited time, spend it in the "Mummies Gallery." Here you will find several ornate sarcophagi and the artifacts from inside them (e.g. canopic jars and figurines). Detailed descriptions thoroughly explain what each picture and symbol means (many of the carvings depict Anubis in "judgement of the dead" scenes). Many items in the tombs were placed there to help the dead achieve safe passage to the afterlife. Essentially, you can learn as much about Ancient Egypt in an afternoon here as you can in a month of study. It's interesting to see how Egyptian culture changed through the different eras, particularly after the Romans took over.

I would definitely devote some time to the ancient jewelry display, which is absolutely breathtaking. The coinage display is also fascinating--these jewels and coins are over 2000 years old. Any proud American should spend at least a few minutes at the entrance to the "Art of the Americas" display. Here you can see an extensive collection of Paul Revere silver and paintings of American Revolution heroes. The massive portrait of George Washington is particularly inspiring. The Japanese print collection is exquisite--I wish I'd had more time to spend in the Asian galleries.

Finally, we visited the "Think Pink" special exhibition, which contained a bevy of beautiful pink dresses and accessories. The highlight was authentic sketches done by Lucien Lelong. A number of signs explained how pink has evolved through the generations; for example, pink was traditionally considered a masculine color and blue was considered a feminine color.

In conclusion, you could spend a satisfying hour, afternoon, day, or several days at the Museum of Fine Arts. Allow plenty of time; you'll need it in order to fully explore this world-class gem!

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