From it's beginnings in 1876 with 5,600 works of art, the MFA now holds a comprehensive collection encompassing 500,000 works of art, spanning the history of artistic endeavor from ancient Egyptian to contemporary.
Major collections include Art of the Americas, Art of Europe from the Middle Ages through the mid-20th century, Asian Art since 4000 BC, African and Pacific Art, an encyclopedic collection of Antiquities, and Contemporary Art.
More than 45 dramatic watercolors, drawings, and illustrated books
60+ boundary-pushing designs examine the expression of identity
Some 100 works explore the Arts and Crafts movement in Boston in the early 20th century
45 works acquired mid-century for the Provisional Collection
The natural world and a warming planet
Behind-the-scenes look at the conservation of seven Buddhist sculptures
Illustrating the pomp and ceremony of an imperial family line
A meditation on the transmission of history through poetry
Pairing of work demonstrates technique and color on a massive scale