Monday, November 15, 2010

The Art of the Americas Wing Opens at the MFA

The official opening of the long awaited new wing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will be November 20. However, all this week the Art of the Americas wing will be open for a sneak peek to all MFA members. The celebration began Sunday with a viewing geared toward families, with lots of kid friendly activities to make the day especially memorable for all.

I invited my granddaughter, Gracie, to accompany me & off we went. Although a little overcast, it was an almost perfect fall day, & we had a lovely time together. The fun began with dancers on stilts outside the entrance to the museum.

Just entering the majestic glass courtyard is truly awe-inspiring. The magnificent space spans three floors & provides a place for large sculptures as well as a new & lovely venue for dinning.

Gracie & I had fun exploring the building & the exhibits on display. The new wing dramatically increases the Museum’s ability to exhibit its collection of art from the United States and North, Central, and South America. We enjoyed looking at the exhibit of Mayan artifacts, as well as, the contemporary art on the third level.

But for Gracie, the best part of the day was spent doing the many activities & projects provided for all the children. I saw quite a few grand parents, who like me, were enjoying sharing this monumental experience with their grand children.

There were tables for drawing, new painting studios provided a space for watercolors not only for children but grown-ups, too, there were passports to be filled out & stamped as you searched for clues in the galleries & much, much more to keep little ones active & entertained. Here is Gracie along with other small museum goers hard at work on self portraits.

It was a lovely day, a wonderful way to spend time with my granddaughter, & a magnificent addition to our museum for Boston.

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