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Venue:Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
Dates:Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - Saturday, April 22, 2023
Hours:Wednesday - Saturday 10 am–4 pm
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$ see below
Category:School Vacation

april vacation week activities mfa photoTravel through time and space at the MFA during April vacation for a week of fun family activities.

Discover the wide range of colors found in art! All are invited to April Vacation Week to enjoy interactive family tours and drop-in art-making activities exploring color!

Drop-In Art Making: Sun Catchers
10 am–4 pm
Shapiro Family Courtyard

See how light changes color by taking a closer look at beautiful examples of stained glass on view in galleries 218, 221, 222, 223, and 228. Then head to the Shapiro Family Courtyard to create your own hanging artwork that glows with help from the sun.

Drop-In Art Making: Felt Art Whimsy
10 am–4 pm
Druker Studios, 159, Linde Family Wing

Learn how to transform natural wool fibers into a beautiful felt work of art with artist Alexandra Adamo from Alex Makes Art.

Please note: Felting needles are sharp! This activity is only for visitors ten years old and up.

Drop-In Art Making: Ukrainian Easter Eggs
10 am–4 pm
Druker Studios, 160, Linde Family Wing

Welcome spring by learning about pysanky, traditional Ukrainian painted eggs. Then create your very own pysanka by adding bright colors and intricate patterns to a wooden egg using watercolor-based dye, tape, and masking fluid.

Drop-In Art Making: Paper Flowers
10 am–4 pm
Koch Gallery, 250

Take a look at Dutch and Flemish paintings depicting flowers in galleries 243 and 244. Then stop by gallery 250 to create realistic-looking flowers using paper, wire, tape, and scissors.

Story Hour
10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Gallery LG36

Stop by to hear children’s stories about color. Leave after one story or stay for the whole hour.

Family Tour: Colors All Around Us
Occurs every day but Saturday, April 22
10:30 am, 11:15 am, 1 pm, 1:45 pm, and 2:30 pm
Meet at Sharf Visitor Center

Join a family-friendly tour in search of the most bold and vibrant colors in the Museum! What’s your favorite? Tours are 30 minutes.

Conservation Up Close: Gilding Frames
Wednesday, April 19
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm
Meet in Gallery 168

Join Christine Storti, head of Furniture and Frame Conservation; and Gregory Porter, assistant frame conservator; to explore the materials and tools used to gild frames. See up close the delicate nature of gold leaf, and learn how gilders used squirrel hair brushes to transfer the leaf and agate gemstones to burnish the gold for shine.

Space is limited. Free tickets available for pickup in Gallery 168 on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to the start of each session.

Conservation Up Close: Making Traditional Egg Tempera Paint
Saturday, April 22
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm
Meet in Gallery 168

Join Sarah Mastrangelo, Cunningham Associate Conservator of Paintings, for a brief history of the use of egg tempera in Italian panel painting and a demonstration of how traditional egg tempera paint is made. Take part in a discussion on the manufacture and processing of pigments, and get a feel for the difference between egg tempera and a contemporary paint medium like gouache.

Space is limited. Free tickets available for pickup in Gallery 168 on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to the start of each session.

All ages and abilities welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

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Included with General Admission: Children 0–6 Free



465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA map
Phone: (617) 267-9300

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  • If you are visiting the new Art of the Americas Wing, enter at the Huntington or State Street entrance. Head for the Sharf Visitor Center to pick up a map, get information, or meet a tour. Take a moment to orient yourself and begin your journey through the galleries from the Shapiro Family Courtyard.

  • You can journey through time, from the first millennium BC—the date of the earliest art on Level LG (Lower Ground)—to the 20th century on Level 3, on the top floor.

  • If your time is limited you can enjoy a “broad brush” introduction to the wing by visiting just the central galleries on each floor. Or you can explore an artist, period, or style in greater depth in many other galleries and period rooms.

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