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Nominated for: BEST Museum
The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.
Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
I love a lot of the museums that are listed here (and don't know why the Rose Museum at Brandeis is not--among others). But if I was told I could only have one, it would be the MFA, despite tacky recent directors and uninspired contemporary art collecting.
Vote: BEST Museum
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, MA
USS Constitution Museum USS Constitution Museum Charlestown
Peabody Essex Museum Peabody Essex Museum Salem, MA
Harvard Museum of Natural History Harvard Museum of Natural History Harvard Square