NECC Observer

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Give the gift of art

Add a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts to your shopping list

The Holiday season is upon us.

The time of year where shopping centers are flooded with crowds and greedy hands, stomachs are fed, stories repeatedly shared, and gifts wrapped in kinds of ribbons, bows, and papers.

A time of year where the stress of finding a reasonable gift for a loved one is tense.

This year, instead of giving something tangible why not give the gift of a trip in Boston to visit The Museum of Fine Arts, a place that truly has something that can catch the eyes of anyone on your Holiday shopping list.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is home to nearly 500,000 art pieces from around the world.

Home to many beautiful buildings, treasures, and landmarks, The Museum of Fine Arts can also be found in the city of Boston.

Located on Huntington Avenue, the museum is home to nearly 500,000 art pieces from around the world.

Some pieces have hung in the gallery since the museum opened in 1976, and other pieces stay for decades, or just a few short months as exhibits are always changing.

According to the museum’s website,, Museum director, Matthew Teitelbaum speaks of the current exhibits as, Winnie The Pooh exhibit as,“an immersive presentation as close as we could make it to entering the pages of the 1926 book Winnie-the-Pooh, with its gentle characters created by A. A. Milne and classic pen-and-ink drawings by E. H. Shepard. For lovers of books, book illustration, prints, and, of course, Piglet and Winnie-the-Pooh, this exhibition is a treasure trove.”

The French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault, “offers a rare opportunity to get up close with masterworks by 19th-century artists such as Degas, Millet, Cassatt, and Pissarro.”

“And finally (though there is more), ancient modes of communication are brought into the present day with the Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña’s ‘Disappeared Quipu,’ a magical journey through and with the artistic language of the ancient Incas.”

With paintings from Claude Monet, exhibits of Winnie The Pooh, love, ancient civilization artifacts, and much more, it’s hard not to win with gifting a ticket to the museum.

Making the situation a win-win situation, Museum ticket pricing go for $25 per adults, affordable for a college student.

Looking to tag along? Thanks to the Pozen Community College Program honored at the Museum of Fine Arts, students, faculty and staff get free admission to the museum with a valid NECC student ID.

Along with free admission, the museum also offers different privileges within this program, “Students with valid ID from a participating school are also eligible for a 10 percent discount on purchases made in MFA Museum shops, as well as $5 tickets for regularly priced films, lectures and concerts, and $10 tickets for Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures and special film screenings. Tickets are available day-of, in person only, pending availability. Valid student ID is required, with limit of one ticket per ID, with some programs not included.”

Exhibits are always coming and going.

The current exhibits will be up until  early January, while the new exhibits will be coming as early as Dec. 13.

Upcoming exhibits include arts of Frida Kahlo, Gender bending fashion, Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris, and more.

Matthew Teitelbaum, museum director asks “Please join us to learn and discover, engage and enjoy. And, of course, to share. The MFA is here for you.”