Current and Upcoming Traveling Exhibitions

Through Traveling Exhibitions, the MFA is able to engage with audiences around the world. We invite you to experience our collections by visiting an MFA Traveling Exhibition at one of our global partner institutions.


World of the Pharaohs

This exhibition features more than 200 objects spanning 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, including monumental sculptures of King Ramesses II and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut; funerary reliefs, stelae and false doors from the tombs of elite officials; temple offerings; burial goods; and jewelry, amulets and cosmetic vessels used in everyday life. The rich variety of material offers visitors a window into ancient Egyptian beliefs about religion, kingship, the economy, the home and family, and life after death. Curated by Denise Doxey, curator, Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art.

Venue Dates
Museum of Idaho February 15–November 30, 2008
Canadian Museum of Civilization December 18, 2008–August 16, 2009
Arkansas Arts Center September 12, 2009–July 5, 2010
Houston Museum of Natural Science May 17, 2013–December 31, 2020

Tattoos in Japanese Prints

Curated by Sarah E. Thompson, curator, Japanese Art, the exhibition draws on material featured in Tattoos in Japanese Prints (MFA Publications, 2017) and explores the social background, iconography, and visual splendor of Japanese tattoos through the printed media that helped to carry them from the streets of Edo-period Japan to 21st-century tattoo shops all over the world.

Venue Dates
Asian Art Museum May 31–August 18, 2019

In the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The exhibition offers a selection of 17th-century Dutch paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the promised gift of the Van Otterloo and Weatherbie collections. Featuring 70 paintings, the exhibition highlights the rise of new genres and themes, from landscapes, still lifes, and portraits to scenes of daily life and biblical and mythological subjects.

Venue Dates
Royal Ontario Museum June 1–September 15, 2019
Saint Louis Art Museum October 20, 2019–January 12, 2020

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

This exhibition introduces the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. Curated by Kristen Gresh, Karsh Curator of Photographs.

Venue Dates
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University January 28–May 4, 2015
Carnegie Museum of Art May 30–September 28, 2015
National Museum of Women in the Arts April 8–July 31, 2016
Canadian War Museum December 5, 2017–March 4, 2018
Ackland Art Museum September 20–December 1, 2019

Graciela Iturbide

This exhibition includes 140 works by Graciela Iturbide, one of Latin America’s most important and influential photographers today. Her photographs not only bear witness to Mexican society but express an intense personal and poetic lyricism about her native country. Curated by Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Curator of Photographs.

Venue Dates
Minneapolis Institute of Art August 17–Decenber 15, 2019