Arts

The MFA Is Free All Month If You Have a BPL Card

Visit one of Boston's biggest cultural institutions, then visit another for the same price of zero dollars.


Photo by Alex Lau

Do you enjoy things that are free? Well, one, who doesn’t, and two, we’ve got good news for you. Thanks to a special partnership, your Boston Public Library card can get you into the Museum of Fine Arts for free for the entire month of June. Yes, one free thing gets you another free thing. Your card earns you admission for two adults and up to six kids, so if you have seven kids, you will need at least one more BPL card, presumably. And possibly a drink.

It’s all part of a collaboration between two of the city’s biggest cultural institutions. Half of the works on display in the MFA’s Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris exhibit are on loan from the BPL, which is clearly a big Moulin Rouge fan. So they’ve decided to take their relationship to the next level of commitment, which is a big free admission share-a-thon. Plus, flash that BPL card at the Toulouse-Lautrec gift shop in the museum and you’ll get a 10 percent discount on any new Toulouse merch you find yourself tempted to bring home.

But that’s not the only exhibit you’ll have access to while you’re wandering the halls admission-free. Don’t miss Gender Bending Fashion while you’re there, which explores the long history of, well, gender bending in fashion through such icons as Janelle Monáe, Marlene Dietrich, and more. We can’t promise that you’ll run into Riley the museum dog, though.

If you don’t have a library card, there’s still time to sign up for one, plus visiting the BPL this month gives you a good chance to enjoy all the Pride-themed events they have planned. And hey, even if you’re busy every day of June, your BPL card can still get you a $10 MFA ticket year-round, instead of the usual $25 for adults.