Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Museum of Fine Arts Boston | paintings in chronological order

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is the fifth largest museum in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas. With more than one million visitors a year, it is the 43rd most-visited art museum in the world as of 2016. At every turn, travel to a time and a place that will inform, enlighten, and inspire. Special exhibitions. Dining, shopping. In-house caterer.

The Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1870 and opened in 1876, with most of its initial collection taken from the Boston Athenæum Art Gallery. Francis Davis Millet, a local artist, was instrumental in starting the Art School affiliated with the museum, and in appointing Emil Otto Grundmann as its first director. The museum was originally located in a highly ornamented brick Gothic Revival building in Copley Square designed by John Hubbard Sturgis and Charles Brigham which was noted for its massed architectural terracotta in an American building. It was built almost entirely of brick and terracotta (imported from England), with some stone about its base.

The Museum has undergone significant expansion and change in recent years; 2010 marked the opening of the Art of the Americas Wing, with four levels of American art from ancient to modern. In 2011, the west wing of the Museum was transformed into the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, with new galleries for contemporary art and social and learning spaces. Improved and new galleries for the MFA collections are always opening.

Americas Wing

Now open is the spectacular Art of the Americas Wing. Paintings, sculpture, furniture, works on paper, textiles, and decorative arts tell the story of the art of the Americas from the prehistoric times to the present day. More than 5000 glorious examples of art produced in North, Central, and South America are displayed—some for the first time.


Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

The MFA is open 7 days a week.
Monday–Tuesday 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday–Friday 10 am–10 pm
Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm

more information:

official website

Museum of Fine Arts Boston | paintings in chronological order

1601 – 1625

Dirck van Baburen, The Procuress, 1622

Dirck van Baburen, The Procuress, 1622

1801 – 1825

Washington Allston, moonlight, 1809

Washington Allston, storm rising at sea, 1804

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