Free MFA admission after marathon bombing

Museum of Fine Arts Shapiro Family Courtyard.
2011 file photo/Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe
Museum of Fine Arts Shapiro Family Courtyard.

In light of the bombing attacks at the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon, officials at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Institute for Contemporary Art are offering free admission Tuesday. In addition, the Boston Conservatory Theater announced that its upcoming production of “Reflections: Love, Loss and Living” would now be free of charge.

“Our entire community was affected by yesterday’s tragedy,” Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the MFA, said in a statement. “We hope by opening the museum’s doors and offering free admission we will be a place of comfort, refuge, and peace.”

At the ICA, Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director, said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred yesterday during the Boston Marathon and our thoughts go out to the runners, friends, families, first responders, and all those impacted. ... In an embrace of our Boston community and all those who seek solace in the wake of yesterday’s tragedy, museum admission is free for all visitors today.”


The ICA’s free school vacation week activities will continue as scheduled, with heightened security measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, according to the statement. The museum is open until 5 p.m. Tuesday

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The MFA said its galleries and special exhibitions would be open, as well as “drop-in programs,” like art-making, tours, and family and child story hours. The MFA is open until 4:45 p.m. today.

The “Reflections: Love, Loss and Living” show, which runs April 18-20, includes four performances: 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. The early show Saturday will be immediately preceded by a Q&A session with dance choreographer Peter Dimuro, who will discuss his new arrangement which was inspired by Alzheimer’s caregivers. For more information or to make reservations, call the BCT box office at 617-912-9222.

In other Boston arts news, the Huntington Theatre Company has canceled Tuesday evening’s performance of Ryan Landry’s “M.”

Patrons who have already purchased tickets for Tuesday’s show will be contacted by the Huntington. They are also invited to call the theater box office at 617-266-0800, to reschedule.


Performances at the Huntington are scheduled to resume Wednesday at 2pm.

James H. Burnett III can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JamesBurnett.