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Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (3 Hours)

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Boston, MA United States

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

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

Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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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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Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.
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By: MJ


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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By: Shari


Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
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Context Travel: One very good tour, one medium good tour

By: Rob


Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: DHunt


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

We were highly impressed with context tours. Each guide was very knowledgeable and the private group setting allowed us to really spend time and enjoy each site without feeling like we were part of a herd. Further, the guide is interactive, not just dictating into a radio with information.
Travel Advisor:  Nathan Cripps

Ecellent

By: Liz


Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2019

Great tours, leaders had in depth know,edge and were patient with questions. Length of tours were appropriate and breaks were schedule to accommodate our needs.
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By: Terry


Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2019

Context Travel is an excellent resource for private tours. Each of our guides were extremely knowledgeable, easy to converse with and a pleasure to spend time with. The company itself is very user-friendly and responsive.
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By: Happy traveler


Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2019

Our family had a terrific time.... tours were conducted by very knowledgeable staff. They paid particular attention to the young people in our group. We came home very happy with our adventures.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Bastian