The MFA threw a little shade at an Atlanta museum

Sam Adams decked out in his best Patriots gear.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sam Adams decked out in his best Patriots gear.

Art museums may be places of high culture, but that doesn’t mean they can’t occasionally dip into bouts of trash-talking. Friday afternoon at 3, the Museum of Fine Arts had its own Twitter beef with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, in which the two traded some feisty art-inspired barbs over the upcoming Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. The showdown was dubbed the #MuseumBowl.

The idea for the Twitter faceoff came from the MFA staff, who had some prior experience dealing with this kind of high-stakes tweeting. Back in 2015, they squared off with the Seattle Art Museum in a similar online throwdown, when the Patriots dueled with the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

Ashley Bleimes, public relations manager for the MFA, was feeling good about this museum matchup.


“I’m pretty confident in the great art and material we have lined up,” she said. “We have a lot of ‘patriots’ in the galleries.”

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For MFA staffers, who spent a few days putting together their roster, the tweet-off was a way of showing solidarity with the legions of enthusiastic (and slightly crazed) Patriots fans across the city.

“We just want to show our support and be out there with the whole city behind the team,” said Bleimes.

A view of the MFA facade lit up this week.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
A view of the MFA facade lit up this week.

See some of the tweets from the MFA’s Twitter feed here:

Not to be outdone, the High Museum of Art had a few zingers themselves:

Emily Sweeney contributed to this report. Alex Frandsen can be reached at