Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)

BOSTON, MA – Each April, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), celebrates the arrival of spring with Art in Bloom, an event that brings together 50 New England garden clubs, along with professional designers, to create vibrant floral displays interpreting art from the Museum’s collection. The annual three-day festival, taking place April 24 through 26 this year, was conceived by the MFA in 1976 and is a perennially popular event. Among the 50 works of art that will be interpreted in flowers are masterpieces that span the ages, from ancient Egyptian sculptures and Impressionist works by Millet and Monet, to 20th-century photographs by Harry Callahan and a mural by contemporary artist Kara Walker.

Lively programs include a Members’ Night on Sunday, April 25; a free evening Open House on Monday, April 26; and hands-on demonstrations, lectures, master classes, and guided tours. Art in Bloom is presented by the Museum’s volunteer group, the MFA Associates.

A special feature of Art in Bloom is the Give the Arts a Chance benefit drawing—proceeds from which aid programs at the Museum, such as funding the annual Memorial Day Open House, and scholarships to students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as enhancing the visitor experience through programs and way-finding features. This year’s drawing includes the grand prize of a two-night stay at the majestic Beach House Inn in Kennebunkport, ME; Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins tickets; gourmet dinners for two in the Boston restaurants; and works of art.


During Art in Bloom, the MFA is open daily (Saturday through Monday, April 24 – 26) from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with the addition of a special free evening Open House on Monday, from 5 to 9 p.m.

DAILY PROGRAMS—Saturday through Monday, April 24–26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Art in Bloom at Home: Flower arranging workshops are offered in the Sharf Visitor Center for visitors interested in learning how to create their own inspired arrangements.
• Free Guided Tours: An in-depth look at the floral arrangements and the works of art that inspired them is presented during these continuous tours from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., leaving from the Sharf Visitor Center, and Monday evening from 5–8 p.m. during the Open House.
• Garden Gallery: Exclusive Art in Bloom products, as well as fine crafts and artwork by New England artists, are available for purchase in the Linde Family Wing.

FAMILY DAY—Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nature-oriented activities for families, art-making projects that include chalk sidewalk drawing with Sidewalk Sam, and additional special tours and programs are featured throughout the galleries. Children 17 and under are admitted free.

LECTURES AND MASTER CLASSES—Saturday through Monday, April 24–26
New York City-based master florist Olivier Giugni and Els Tuenissen of the Dutch Flower Market each present a lecture and master class. Tickets are $35 for each demonstration/lecture, $200 for the master class (reservations required for master class; please call 617.369.3169).

• Sunday, April 25— Els Teunissen Floral Demonstration
10:30 a.m.–noon: Flowers in our Life lecture
1:30–3:30 p.m.: Hands-on Instruction with Els Teunissen master class

• Monday, April 26— Olivier Giugni Floral Demonstration
10:30 a.m.–noon: Art as Inspiration lecture
1:30–3:30 p.m.: Hands-on Instruction with Olivier Giugni master class

MEMBERS’ NIGHT—Sunday, April 25, 6–8 p.m.
Museum hours are extended for a special viewing of Art in Bloom for MFA members. No tickets are required. To become a member, call 617.369.3395 or email [email protected]

FREE EVENING OPEN HOUSE—Monday, April 26, 5–9 p.m.
The Museum’s evening Open House is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 26, when admission is free to the public. Visitors are invited to enjoy a special evening viewing of the beautiful floral arrangements throughout the Museum’s galleries. Bravo restaurant and the Galleria café are open for dinner. Performances include:
• The Voices of the Renaissance (children from the Renaissance Charter School, Boston)
• Second Wind (an a cappella singing group featuring Peggy Ford)
• Gian Carlo Buscaglia (Latin singer/guitarist)
• The Mather House String Quartet (featuring Jenna White, Elena Helman, Bill Reus, and Heather Hawkes from Harvard University)

Art in Bloom is free with general admission, which includes two visits within a 10-day period:
• Museum members FREE
• Adults $20
• Seniors/Students $18
• Youths 17 and younger FREE
(on school days until 3 p.m., $7.50)

Tickets for Art in Bloom special events are available for purchase by visiting the Museum’s website at, or by visiting or calling the MFA’s Remis Auditorium box office at (617.369.3306). For specific questions concerning events, as well as the purchase of master class tickets, please call the Art in Bloom hotline at 617.369.3169.