4 Boston Art Museums To Visit On Memorial Day

Memorial Day is here, but everything is closed and you have no plans! Worry not, for we have your solution; a day spent viewing the beautiful art that Beantown has to offer! From murals to mosaics, paintings to pottery and beyond, there’s no shortage of sights to see. Scroll through to see 4 exhibitions that are all open for viewing this holiday; most are even free!

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1. Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Cost: Free!

Museum of Fine Arts Gallery

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This one is a must-visit! You may have been to Boston’s famous Museum of Fine Arts before, but the Memorial Day Open House they’re hosting will surely be like no other time you’ve gone. Family art making activities will be available as well as films, performances, and guided tours. The best part? It’s all 100% free. Go see special events “Matisse in the Studio” and “Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross” as well as the rest of the sprawling, beautiful museum. Pro-tip: make sure to get there earlier to get tickets for the special performances. They’re free, but there’s limited availability.


2. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Cost: Adults, $15; 18 and under, Free; Seniors, $12; Students, $5 (with I.D.)

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston

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Located just next door to the MFA, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is your second Memorial Day stop. With a vast collection including everything from Egyptian relics to contemporary art, you’re sure to see something that speaks to you. The best part of the Gardner Museum is the building itself; housed in a palace with a magnificent courtyard, seeing the architecture is half the fun. Getting lost in the timeless beauty of the museum should definitely be on your Memorial Day to-do list. If you plan on eating at the museum’s own Cafe G, you can book a reservation to ensure a table. Fun fact: admission is free if you’re named Isabella!

3. Institute of Contemporary Art

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Cost: Free!

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

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The Institute of Contemporary Art is another art museum that’s completely free to the public on Memorial Day! This venue’s fourth floor houses a great exhibition of contemporary art that’s fun for the whole family. Additionally, visitors can make their own flying fish sculptures out of paper from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. These can either be added to an existing exhibit by Bennie Flores Ansell or taken home. The ICA also houses a snack bar and store. The building’s beautiful architecture and location right on the waterfront walkway make this a great destination for your holiday!

4. Public Art Walk

Hours: Any Time! / Cost: Free!

Tortoise and the Hare Sculpture

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The Boston Public Art Walk is a perfect Memorial Day adventure. Spend your day off exploring the city and finding incredible works of art along the way by following the path laid out by the Boston Art Commission, )available at www.publicartboston.com/content/public-art-walk). This self-guided tour will take you through Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Financial District and the North End, with 100 unique works of art along the way. What better way to enjoy Boston with your family on your day off?

Want to see even more art on your day off? Read our list of 15 Jaw-dropping street art pieces in Boston!




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