The Museum of Fine Arts Library comprises the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library and eight curatorial department libraries. The combined library holdings total more than 476,303 items, including 60,000 auction catalogs and over 150,000 serials and ephemera. The library collection reflects the strength of the Museum’s encyclopedic collections and supports research on the Museum’s permanent collections, special exhibitions, and general art history.

Founded in 1987, the Museum Archives contain historically significant records from the Museum’s administrative and curatorial departments since the Museum’s founding in 1870. For more information, please contact the Museum Archives directly at 617-369-3378.

Visiting the Library

The William Morris Hunt Memorial Library is open to the public Monday through Friday, 1–5 pm, except major holidays. It is located on the second floor of Horticultural Hall, across Massachusetts Avenue from Symphony Hall. The library collection is non-circulating and available for use in our Reading Room. The library’s holdings are reflected in the Fenway Libraries Organization Catalog.

An appointment is not required with the exception of Special Collections Research requests.

Not all materials are located on site in the William Morris Hunt Library. Researchers are encouraged to contact the library at 617-369-3385 or libstaff@mfa.org in advance to check availability.

Location

The William Morris Hunt Memorial Library
Horticultural Hall
2nd Floor
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

All mail should be directed to 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Hours

Monday–Friday, 1–5 pm
Except major holidays

Public Transportation

Green E Line at Symphony or Orange Line at Massachusetts Avenue; bus routes 1 or 39.

Parking

No on-site parking is available for library users. Metered parking spaces are often available nearby on Massachusetts Avenue. The closest parking garages are at the Christian Science Church Plaza and on Westland Avenue.

Contact Us

617-369-3385
libstaff@mfa.org