It is a Wednesday evening in Boston. You just got home from work, or perhaps you did not go to work. Maybe even, you do not have a work to go to. Whatever your relationship is with keeping yourself busy on a Wednesday, it does not matter, so long as you are free anytime between 4pm and 10pm, because that is when the Museum of Fine Arts is FREE.
Spending an evening at the MFA is a great way to pass your time, especially if there is not much of anything else to do. Here are my reasons for encouraging you to take advantage of this experience:
There are fifty three galleries in this museum coving 51,338 square feet of space, and more than 5,000 works. That is a lot to take in, in just one day, it is best to break it up. The paintings here are so magnificent, that one can easily spend hours in one gallery learning about the artists, their styles, history, and the inspiration behind their pieces. Perhaps a certain wednesday you explore the impressionist works, and then another you decipher the modern, contemporary pieces.
One you get tired of exploring and walking, you can take a coffee break at the cafe they have stationed outside of the gift shop. Both are inside of the building, so you do not have to worry about going outside to reach any of these places. This is a great spot to take a load off. Perhaps meet a friend for a chat about your favorite paintings in the museum, or make some progress on a book you have been wanting to read more of. The atmosphere is quite and peaceful and is a nice place to sit and relax.
Lastly, the Museum is situated right in the Fenway/Kenmore area. A great place to take a walk around town if the weather is nice, either before or after the free opening. You have delicious food stops in the area, such as Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta Express which is a nice walk into Mission Hill. Along with the hustle and bustle of a college campus nearby, and the Elizabeth Stewart Gardner Museum right around the corner – another museum worth checking out.
In summary, having free access to the Museum of Fine Arts each wednesday from 4-10pm is a beautiful way to enjoy some of what this great city has to offer. Bring a friend, bring a date, or enjoy the scene alone. Either way you do it, you will find the experience pleasant and worthwhile.
“Facts and Figures.” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 8 Oct. 2018, www.mfa.org/news/new-mfa/facts-and-figures.
Shao, Yiqing. “Concerts in the Courtyard Return to the MFA.” Boston Magazine, 2 June 2016, http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2016/05/05/mfa-boston-events-summer-2016/.