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“Great Collection”

Museum of Fine Arts
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Ranked #2 of 389 things to do in Boston
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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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Toronto, Canada
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“Great Collection”
Reviewed October 31, 2010

While in Boston in the summer of 2009 we lucked out and were able to visit the MFA while they had a special exhibit of three Venetian painters (Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese). That was a highlight but there was still so much to see in their own collection. We spent hours exploing the various exhibits. The collection of French art is amazing and of course there are the American artists who provide a powerful exhibit all their own. There is a massive book store/ gift shop and a very good restaurant on site. We were fortunate enough to be there on an evening when they had a steel band playing in their gardens.

Overall I would rank the MFA as amongst the best in the USA.

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Grindelwald, Switzerland
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“Boston Museum of Fine Arts: Fantastic photos hung badly.”
Reviewed October 28, 2010

A great museum featuring an interesting permanent collection and several special exhibitions. Among the latter, Nicholas Nixon’s superb photo series of his wife and her three sisters - 36 photos taken over a period of 36 years - could have been an absolute highlight - yet the museum presents these stunning pictures in such an inept way that a good measure of their artistic quality is lost on the observer. Two points mainly: The top row of six photographs - out of a total of 36 - remains practically indiscernible because the relatively small pics are hung far too high up. Secondly, spotlights are reflected from the the glass sheets protecting the photos, blotting out parts of the latter and making them hard to see. Against the first shortcoming, I was piggybacking my wife so at least she could get a better glimpse of the first six photos; against the second, nothing really helps. What a pity.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Again , the usual American confusion ... Though very interesting”
Reviewed October 14, 2010

We had the advantage , some years ago to contemplate in this Museum a rare selection of impressionists paintings .
Cézanne , Renoir , Monet , J. Singer Sargeant , Gauguin , and a few many others entertained myself and my wife for a good few hours .
Other than these type of special exibitions , the Museum has some (only a few) good paintings , and areas reserved for permanent exibits of relics from Egypt , East cultures , and the usual "méllange" of art with ancient relics , so commonly found in American Museums .

J. Lucena Gaia

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Pleasanton, California
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“nice collection!”
Reviewed August 21, 2010

The Fine arts museum has a great collection of paintings and artifacts. The egyptian ones were more unique, the art had many amusing paintings, and the sculptures were good too! The only bad part is the modern collection of american art, but the museum has a lot more things to see! Another good thing is that if you want to have lunch there is a big field outside the museum were they have tables and shady areas! It was a great experience!

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Linglestown, PA
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

I have wanted to visit the MFA for years and finally did so on July 30. Unfortunately for me, being a lover of Impressionism, I was quite disappointed to find out (only after asking where Mary Cassatt's works were because I must have missed them) that works of the Americas (including American works) were in storage awaiting their new home this November. So, no Mary Cassatt; no Georgia O'Keefe, and others. Some John Singer Sargent works were displayed in the rotunda area. I felt cheated and like there should (1) be notice given to patrons before buying tickets and (2) the rate should be reduced. I did appreciate the long museum hours (I was there on a Thursday -- open 'til 9:45 p.m.) Note that one could easily spend an entire day at this museum -- I was there from opening at 10:00 a.m. until my feet gave out on me at 7:30 p.m. and I still hadn't seen everything there. Also, note that tickets are good for a second admission within a specified time period (10 days?).

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