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Museum Exhibitions in Boston We’re Excited About

February 14th, 2020
Museum Exhibitions in Boston We’re Excited About

Planning to spend a few days museum hopping? Boston’s world-class museums host temporary exhibitions that are as good and the permanent collections. These are our top picks for this season’s best temporary museum exhibitions.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Location: 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston MA 02210


Through February 7, 2021
Yayoi Kusama’s iconic artwork combining pop art, minimalism, and psychedelia, continues to astound audiences worldwide. See her signature polka dots, soft sculptures, and ever-changing colors. The ICA houses one of her famed Infinity Mirror Rooms in the permanent collection! Tickets are in high-demand, so book them in advance. 

Tschabalala Self: Out of Body

Through July 5, 2020
A Harlem-born artist, Tschabalala Self utilizes a myriad of materials to create exaggerated and large-scale stories about urban life, the body, and humanity. The paintings are made of hand-printed and found textiles, drawing, printmaking, sewing, and collage techniques, each representing a reflection of people that could be found in Harlem. 

Carolina Caycedo: Cosmotarrayas

Through July 5, 2020
Carolina Caycedo’s work explores the privatization of waterways and their impact on river communities, especially Latin America and Brazil. Her hanging sculptures are made from handmade fishing nets and other objects she has collected during her field research. Join the conversation about dispossession, extraction of resources, and environmental justice.

Museum of Fine Arts

Location: Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Mural: Jackson Pollock - Katharina Grosse

Through February 23, 2020
This is your last chance to see Jackson Pollock’s largest painting ever: a 20 feet wide by 8 feet high mural. This massive work of art was a breakthrough in Pollock’s career, consolidating him as one of, if not the best painter in the country. Pollock’s mural is shown next to Katharina Grosse’s newly commissioned installation. She also uses color, geometry and innovative techniques to create visual experiences.

Black Histories, Black Futures

Curated by teen MFA scholars, this exhibition features artwork by 20th-century artists of color. Some of them include Archibald Motley, Norman Lewis, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and Dawoud Bey. The topics discuss identity, self-representations, and community and urban life.

Museum of Science

Location: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114

Dogs! A Science Tail

Have you ever wanted to understand your furry friends better? Find out how wild wolves became human companions and learn how a dog experiences the world through games, interactive exhibits and media presentations. Download the companion app to make the most of your visit.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

June 13, 2020 - January 3, 2021. Tickets go on sale in March and will be in high demand!

Held at The Saunders Castle but organized by the Museum of Science, this upcoming exhibition is on its last world tour. Immerse yourself in the ancient world of pharaohs and its mysticism. Gawk at Tutankhamun’s over 150 treasures, and find out everything you ever wanted to know about the royal tomb, its discovery and Egyptian rituals. 

Check out other Boston attractions to visit this winter.

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