HARVARD ART MUSEUMS
Harvard Art Museums are comprised of three institutions—Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler museums—plus four research centers and possesses some of the nation’s foremost art collections, with holdings of Western art dating from antiquity, Islamic and Asian art, and European and American art since 1900. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Admission: $10-15. 32 Quincy St., Cambridge, 617.495.9400.
THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/ BOSTON
This landmark fosters contemporary artists working in multidisciplinary forms. Permanent collections include 21st-century sculpture, painting, video, photography and drawing. Also features lectures, family programs, dance and music performances, and film. Open Tu-W and Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm, Th-F 10 am-9 pm. Admission: $1015, free ages 17 and under and to all Th 5-9 pm. 25 Harbor Shore Drive, 617.478.3100.
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM
Originally modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo with a four-story interior courtyard garden and a modern wing in 2012, this museum gem showcases Isabella Stewart Gardner’s vast collection of more than 2,500 fine and decorative art objects, paintings, tapestries and furnishings and includes a venue for contemporary artists and concerts. Admission: $5-15. Open W and F-M 11 am-5 pm, Th 11 am-9 pm. 25 Evans Way, 617.566.1401.
MCMULLEN MUSEUM OF ART
Roman Renaissance Revivalstyle building at Boston College, boasts a 127-yearold stained glass triptych by John LaFarge. Open M-W and F 10 am-5 pm, Tu 10 am-8 pm, Sa-Su noon-5 pm. 2101 Commonwealth Ave., 617.552.8587.
MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER
This modern arts center is dedicated to the pursuit of contemporary art in all media. Free admission. Open Tu-W and F-Su noon-6 pm, Th noon-8 pm. Wiesner Building, 20 Ames St., Cambridge, 617.253.4680.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
Encyclopedic collection culls some of the world’s finest treasures, including international and contemporary art, instruments, photographs and textiles. Free guided tours available. Open Sa-Tu 10 am-5 pm, W-F 10 am-10 pm. Admission: $10-25. 465 Huntington Ave., 617.267.9300.
MUSEUM OF MODERN RENAISSANCE
Russian artists Nicholas Shaplyko and Ekaterina Sorokina have transformed their Somerville home—a former Masonic lodge—into one kaleidoscopic work of art. Visitors can tour the museum by appointment set in advance, or attend one of the frequent events. 115 College Ave., Somerville 857.997.2037.
NATIONAL CENTER OF AFROAMERICAN ARTISTS
Founded by Elma Lewis and celebrates the heritage of visual arts created by Black artists. Showcases African, Afro-Latin, Afro-Caribbean and African-American collections. Admission: $4-5. Open Tu-Su 1-5 pm. 300 Walnut Ave., Roxbury, 617.442.8614.