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Venue:Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
Dates:Monday, January 17, 2022 - Monday, January 17, 2022
Hours:10:00am - 5:00pm
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Arts & Culture
mlk day celebration at museum of fine arts mfa photoJoin us for our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House, presented in partnership with Citizens.

On Monday, January 17, 2022, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), and Citizens invite the community to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a free open house.

This year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of the MFA’s partnership with Citizens on this annual celebration, which has welcomed more than 120,000 attendees over two decades.

The event offers free admission—including access to special exhibitions—to Massachusetts residents, and tickets will be available in person on a first-come, first-served basis. *Upon entry, visitors will be asked to validate their Massachusetts zip code to enjoy free admission.

The open house runs from 10 am to 5 pm, welcoming visitors to experience over a dozen exhibitions on view, including the magnificent art of Roxbury’s own Ekua Holmes in “Paper Stories, Layered Dreams,” on view through January 24, 2022.

Also sponsored by Citizens, the exhibition features more than 40 vibrant illustrations by the Roxbury native that reflect her commitment to Black imagery and representation.

Visitors will also have their final chance to experience Black Histories, Black Futures, the teen-curated exhibition focusing on works by 20th-century artists of color, which ends its successful run on MLK Day—the same day its opening was celebrated in 2020. Programming offerings connected to both exhibitions will be announced in January.

For 20 consecutive years, Citizens has sponsored the MFA’s MLK Day community celebration—allowing the Museum to welcome more than 120,000 visitors into our galleries to enjoy free performances, tours, talks, art-making activities, and more.

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