With surprises around every corner, the MFA is a perfect place for the kids in your life!

A wondrous and welcoming place to spend quality time with friends and family! We have exhibitions that will keep kids smiling for hours and virtual programs to spark the imagination. With ever-changing things to do, get the best value with a Family Membership, which includes exclusive discounts and guest passes galore.

Family Membership

Kid pointing at activity card held by parent

Contributor Membership

Starting at $115, a Contributor membership includes a year of free admission for two adults and up to six children (17 and under). Discounts on parking, shopping, classes, and more benefits!

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Activities

Large sculpture of thin black dog by Nara, in situ on stand in Shapiro Family Courtyard

Family Labels

Check out our family labels, located in “Women Take the Floor” and in Shapiro Family Courtyard. Written to give caregivers a fun way to help children connect with artwork.

Tips for Visiting with Your Family

Before You Begin

  • Don't feel like you need to see the entire Museum in one day. It’s a big place and worth many visits!
  • Help us keep the artwork safe by not touching or climbing on objects.
  • Please don’t eat in the galleries.

At the Museum

Come up with a plan! Search for faces, crowns, or animals; or look for a specific kind of art (paintings, photographs).

Look closely! Take your time and look closely at just a few things during your visit. As you look at paintings, imagine the sights, sounds, and smells you would experience if you stepped inside. Try striking a pose like the sculptures you see.

Play a gallery game! You can play “I Spy” in one of your favorite galleries. Or pick two similar works of art and compare them. Discuss how they are the same and how they are different. Or try playing the Memory Game together. Look at a work of art for a few minutes. Then, turn around and describe what you saw. Take turns. Does each person remember the same details or different parts?

Dining

Beginning Wednesday, November 25, pre-packaged grab-and-go items, including an assortment of beverages, will be available at New American Café, Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30 am–4 pm. All other dining venues at the Museum are temporarily closed. Though food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries, you are welcome to take a socially distanced snack break in the Shapiro Family Courtyard or, when open seasonally, outside in Calderwood Courtyard. Masks should only be taken off in these locations while eating.

Strollers

Strollers are allowed in all galleries; however, there may be restrictions for some special exhibitions. Backpack-style child carriers are not allowed.

Baby-Changing Areas

Baby-changing areas are located in restrooms throughout the Museum.

Nursing Room

Mothers seeking to nurse their babies may use our quiet, private nursing room off of the Hemicycle Gallery; ask any staff member for directions.

Everyone Restrooms

You can find two Everyone, or single-occupancy, restrooms, on Level G below Sharf Visitor Center. The spaces are equipped with changing tables and are fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs, require assistance, or privacy.

Enjoy the art at the MFA—but please don’t touch it!

Keep hands, bags, and small children at least 12 inches away from all artwork. Thank you for your help in preserving the art for others to enjoy.