With a collection of 450,000 objects, The Museum of Fine Arts owns some of the most rare and important artistic treasures in the world. At every turn, you’ll find breathtaking works of art, from masters of American painting to the icons of Impressionism, from exquisite Asian scrolls to Egyptian mummies. Did you know Fairmont Copley Plaza was built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts? When their collection outgrew the smaller space, the MFA chose to build a new, larger museum ten minutes west.
Heiress and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner collected and carefully displayed a collection comprised of more than 2,500 objects—paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, drawings, silver, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, photographs and letters—from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world and 19th-century France and America.