Thursday, August 15, 2019
6:30 pm–10:45 pm
Huntington Avenue Exterior at Forsyth Way (EX08)
Add to Calendar 2019-08-15 18:30:00 2019-08-15 22:45:00 2001: A Space Odyssey 08/15/2019 - 18:30 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston America/New_York public

Directed by Stanley Kubrick (USA/UK, 1968, 161 min.). Digital. English with open captions.

Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus takes us on a breathtaking voyage to discover our place in the universe. In the year 2001, when a massive black object is discovered on the face of the moon, astronauts Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) are sent on an exploratory mission to Jupiter to seek its origin. In the far reaches of space, they unlock untold secrets about humankind’s origins—and our collective destiny.

The film begins at sundown, around 8 pm. Lawn games and art-making activities begin at 6:30 pm. Bring a blanket or low chair (maximum 3 feet high), a picnic supper, and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy during the film. Beer, wine, and snacks are available for purchase. Seating is limited; arrive early to guarantee your spot.

Art-Making Activity: Paper Marbling
Experiment with color while learning paper marbling techniques inspired by the groundbreaking special effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Open Captioning

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Wheelchair accessible


All screenings are wheelchair accessible and include English captions or subtitles. For more information, call 617-267-9300, or e-mail

Event Policies

Films are held outdoors on the Huntington Avenue Lawn, weather permitting.

All bags are subject to inspection by Museum staff. Large bags, coolers, and tall chairs are not permitted.

Per Federal and State law, the MFA welcomes trained service animals. Service animals must be on a leash or tether and under the control of the owner at all times. Emotional support and other animals or pets are not permitted on the Museum campus.

The weather decision is made on the day of the film. In case of inclement weather, the screening will move indoors to Remis Auditorium; 350 free tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Huntington Avenue Entrance starting at 6 pm. No lawn chairs, large bags, or outside food are allowed in Remis Auditorium. All such items must be checked at the Huntington or Fenway coat check. Food and beverages purchased at Taste Café may be brought into the auditorium.


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Funders of the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston