MFA Celebrates 150th Anniversary

The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes visitors at its Huntington Avenue entrance. (File photo courtesy of the MFA)
The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes visitors at its Huntington Avenue entrance. (File photo courtesy of the MFA)

Matthew Teitelbaum, Director of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, tells us that 2020 will be a very special year for the MFA as it celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding.

He noted: “2020 will be a year of celebration, of inclusion, generosity, and community. The strength and legacy of the MFA is its collections, formed over many years. Our purpose is to interpret these works in ways that resonate with today’s audiences.

“This anniversary year, we are launching a free first-year membership program and increasing benefits for all members.

“It is an invitation to everyone to make the MFA their own, and to encourage members new and old to bring additional family and friends as their guests at no cost.

“A major part of our work comes alive this summer when the new Conservation Center opens. A newly designed, dynamic space brings together our expertise in care and preservation of irreplaceable objects and paintings in six new laboratory spaces in a collaborative, up-to-date environment.

“With access for public viewing, the Conservation Center will be the MFA’s new destination for learning, engagement, and discovery.

“We have a full schedule of projects planned for inside the Museum, and outside too, to engage our community and create platforms for local artists. This anniversary is a time to celebrate, but also a reminder to act.

“For us, it is a call to continue to seek to be relevant, to involve and listen to visitors, everyone who wants to share in and engage with great works of art. I hope you will join us; it promises to be an exciting shared journey.”

One of the nation’s oldest art museums, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts was founded on February 4, 1870. It opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876 – the nation’s centennial – at its original location in Copley Square.

Over the next several decades, the MFA’s collection and visitation grew exponentially, and in 1909, the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.

The Museum of Fine Arts is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston. For hours, admission costs, event calendars and up-to-date information, be sure to visit their website at