Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) houses and preserves preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. The Museum aims for the highest standards of quality in all its endeavors. It serves as a resource for both those who are already familiar with art and those for whom art is a new experience. Through exhibitions, programs, research and publications, the Museum documents and interprets its own collections. It provides information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world. MFA creates educational opportunities for visitors and accommodates a wide range of experiences and learning styles; the Museum also educates artists of the future through its School.
The museum maintains an ongoing series of education programs and activities at our facility in boston in order to further the mission of the museum and provide educational opportunities in art. Education programs cover a wide spectrum of topics and include a variety of studio art classes and workshops for children, teens and adults, lectures, films, concerts, a variety of other courses, free demonstrations and talks in the galleries, free workshops for educators, school group tours, partnerships with local area schools, after-school programs and community groups to engage youth in arts and programs for family visits to the museum. Over 144,000 visitors participated in these various programs.
With a collection of nearly 500,000 objects, the museum owns some of the most rare and important artistic treasures in the world. Such a collection enables the museum to present many special exhibitions with a balance between scholarly programs and those with broad public appeal. During fiscal year 2017, the museum presented more than 25 exhibitions. Some highlights include: della robbia: sculpting with color in renaissance florence (aug 9, 2016 - dec 4, 2016); political intent/ beyond limits (aug 27, 2016 - aug 20, 2017); imogen cunningham: in focus (sep 3, 2016 - June 18, 2017); christian marclay: the clock (sep 17, 2016 - jan 29, 2017); uh-oh frances stark 1995-2015 (sep 17, 2016 - jan 29, 2017); william merritt chase (oct 9, 2016 - jan 16, 2017); wilson/ cortor (nov 5, 2016 - sep 17, 2017); make way for ducklings: the art of robert mccloskey (nov 25, 2016 - June 18, 2017); darkness made visible: derek jarman and mark bradford (March 25, 2017 - July 30, 2017); memory unearthed: the lodz ghetto photographs of henryk ross (March 25, 2017 - July 30, 2017); matisse in the studio (April 9, 2017 - July 9, 2017); botticelli and the search for the divine (April 15, 2017 - July 9, 2017); china's 8 brokens: puzzles of the treasured past (June 17, 2017 - oct 29, 2017); etc.
The museum's retail operations offer a wide variety of merchandise related to the museum's collections and special exhibitions, which greatly contributes to the achievement of the museum's exempt educational purpose by making works of art familiar to a broader segment of the public. Offerings at the shop include art books, posters, cards, glass, textiles, jewelry and sculpture. Merchandise is for sale in the physical shops or through retail's web-based outlet.the museum is exempt as an educational organization on the basis of its ownership, maintenance, and exhibition for public viewing of works of art. The sales of such items contributes to the achievement of the museum's exempt educational purposes by stimulating and enhancing public awareness, interest, and appreciation of art. Moreover, a broader segment of the public may be encouraged to visit the museum itself to share in its educational functions and programs as a result of seeing the items sold.