The newly-expanded, world-class Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) is a must for art lovers. That said, there are 350,000 highly worthy objects in this enormous museum, so you’ll have to pace yourself. The admission price includes a free repeat visit within 10 days of purchase, so take advantage if you can.
Highlights of the encyclopedic museum include the serene Japanese temple room, the mummies of Ancient Egypt and the impressive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings. The Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art contains some gems.
But the incontestable masterpiece of the museum is the four-story temple to the Art of the Americas. New in 2010, this long-awaited wing includes: top-notch collections of Colonial American artwork (including silver by Paul Revere); significant paintings by John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, John Singer Sargent and others; and an impressive Modern collection by artists from both North and South America.
Admission is free (by donation) on Wednesday after 4pm. Another option is the monthly free-admission Community Day: check the website for dates.
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