University Member Group Visits

Students and faculty attending institutions that are part of the University Membership program can book guided or self-guided group visits that use works of art to build connections with course content.

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Tour Options

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Self-Guided Group Visits

Explore MFA’s collections and exhibitions in a self-guided format with your class or fellow students. Groups up to 25 are welcome.

See Details for Self-Guided Group Visits

A group of visitors looks at a painting in the Koch gallery

Guided Group Visits

We offer a single guided tour focused on the theme of community and identity for the 2023–24 school year, using about 4 works of art based on your group’s interest area.

October 2023–June 2024

See Details for Guided Group Visits

Book Your Group Visit

To get started, select the desired date of your group visit in the calendar, then click on the Tickets button below the tour option you’d like to book.

Reservations are available until two weeks prior for self-guided visits and four weeks prior for guided visits.

Reservations available for group visits through June 2024.

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Preparing for Your Group Visit

Find useful information about how to prepare your group for your visit to the Museum, including details about entrances, chaperones, and policies, as well as tips to make the most of your visit.

Preparing for Your Group Visit

Payment Policy

Partial or full prepayment for your visit is possible by credit card during the online reservation process; any remaining balance due will be confirmed after the reservation is complete, and final payment is due at the time of the visit. Payments at the time of the visit may be cash, check (US banks only), or credit card.

Transportation Grants for Massachusetts Community Colleges

Groups visits led by faculty in the Massachusetts Community College System are eligible for transportation stipends up the $250 each, which can be used for modes including buses and public transportation. After reserving your group visit, e-mail collegeprograms@mfa.org and indicate your name, the name of the course, the number of students, and the type of transportation. Following approval and the actual visit, e-mail collegeprograms@mfa.org again with purchase receipts for reimbursements.

Cancellation, Rescheduling, and Weather Policies

If you need to make changes to your reservation or your group is running late, please call MFA Group Experience at 617-369-3310 as soon as possible. School groups arriving more than 30 minutes late for their guided tour will instead visit self-guided; we’ll be sure to provide chaperones with a map and visit suggestions.

We realize that cancellations due to unexpected school/institution closures may occur on short notice. If you must cancel your visit due to closure or significant weather, please notify us as soon as possible by calling 617-369-3310. It is also sometimes necessary for the MFA to close unexpectedly due to inclement weather. If bad weather is expected in the Boston area on the date of your visit, please check mfa.org or call 617-267-9300 x0 to confirm whether the Museum is open to visitors for the day. Groups will not be billed for visits canceled due to Museum closure or significant inclement weather.

Contact Us

groups@mfa.org
617-369-3310

Sponsors

MFA School Programs are sponsored by the Arbella Insurance Foundation. Supported by the Smith Family Thinking Through Art Program Fund; the Germeshausen Foundation Fund for Youth and Family Learning; the Edwin S. Webster Foundation Fund for School Programs; the Bernard J. Rothwell School Bus Fund; the School Programs for Lawrence Public Schools Fund; the Gallery Instructors and Gallery Instructor Associates Fund for the Partnership with the Boston Public Schools; the Ulf B. and Elizabeth C. Heide Education Fund; the Mabel Louise Riley Fund for School Programs; the Gloria and Irving Fox Fund for Education; the Education of Children in the Museum Fund; the Patricia and Robert Lawrence Fund for Education; the Dorothy Wagenknecht Fund; the Morton P. Prince Fund; and the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation Fund.

The Gallery Instructor Program is funded through a generous endowment by Marcia and Louis Kamentsky. Additional support from the Bascha Snyder Education Fund, the Grace S. Dane Fund, and the National Docent Symposium Gallery Instructors Fund for Professional Development.

The Lunder Maine Student Membership Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is generously funded by The Lunder Foundation.

The McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program allows New Hampshire students of all ages in public and private school, as well as those who are home schooled, to visit the Museum free of charge.

Artful Adventures is supported by the Michael D. Dingman Fund, the Pamela D. Adams Fund for Artful Adventures, the Richard W. and Marjorie S. Dammann Fund, the Mrs. Charles H. Taylor Fund, the William O. and Sally Taylor Fund, the Rieka, Samuel and Renée Rapaporte Fund for Educational Outreach for Youth and Families, the Kennedy P. and Susan M. Richardson Endowment Fund for Learning and Community Engagement, and the Bramhall Fund.

Access Programs are funded in part by the Bank of America Fund for Access.