Art lovers and residents of the greater Boston area have been waiting for several years for the Museum of Fine Arts to finish its renovations and unveil the new wing. As of Saturday, November 20th, the Art of the America’s Wing was opened to the public. I went a few weeks ago on the Museum’s free night (every Wednesday night from 4-9:45 pm) and saw some of the expansion. I found the architecture of the new wing to be very clean and crisp. The new courtyard is light, expansive and pleasing space.
I also really liked the set up of the galleries in the new wing. Each floor contains art from a particular span of time: the collection starts off on the ground level with Ancient American, Native American, 17th-Century, and Maritime Art and runs up to 20th-Century Art through the mid-1970’s on the top floor. The galleries are spacious and very well thought-out.
While there I did not get to see all of the pieces on exhibit, but look forward to going back as soon as I can to take in the rest of the galleries. For anyone in the area, I would encourage you to take the trip to the MFA to see the new wing. In particular I would highly recommend the 2nd floor with the rooms of John Singer Sargent works. Sargent’s “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit” is finally back on display and very impressive in person.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is open Saturday – Tuesday, 10 am-4:45 pm, and Wednesday – Friday, 10 am-9:45 pm. Admission is $20 for adults, but there is usually a free community day once a month and free Wednesday nights, you can visit their website for more info.