Day Tour

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Boston, MA United States

Valid for Travel Now Through: 20 Mar 2019

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (3 Hours )

Boston, MA United States

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the country's oldest and most important art museums. With a collection that spans millennia and the globe, the MFA provides an endless opportunity to discuss the role of art in history and culture. During this 3-hour survey of the MFA led by an art historian, we'll concentrate on some of the major holdings of the museum, including it's Renaissance and Baroque European collections, the modern galleries, and the American Collection, tying these together with a narrative approach that traces aesthetic styles and preoccupations through the ages.

We'll begin with an overview of the institution, from its founding in the 1870s to the construction of its present building in the first decades of the 20th century to the major renovations and expansion that's currently underway. Patronage will be a strong theme as we wander the galleries and discuss the people and social and political forces behind many of the artworks here. Our discussion will revolve primarily around Western art and the European and American collections; however, there will be an opportunity at the end of the walk, to visit the Asian galleries and have a brief, introductory explanation of this world-renown collection.

In the European painting galleries we'll trace the trajectory of European art from the Italian Renaissance to the birth of the modern movement, looking at such diverse artists as Donatello, Fra Angelico, Matisse, and Picasso. We'll also spend some time in the stunning new Art of the Americas wing, looking at the museum's peerless collection of colonial art and compare the figures of Copley and Revere through the works they crafted. Our journey will take us into the 19th century where we'll see works by Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, and beyond into the 20th century.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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