With some recent renovations completed in the last 3 years or so, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is really worth a visit. If you walked out unimpressed several years ago, giving the museum a second chance now will change your opinion.
The collections are extensive and impressive. After adding a whole new wing to the building, much more of the permanent collection is on display than ever before.
The highlights of the collection are certainly the historical residential exhibits. The museum has a "collection” of period rooms, which are historically accurate residential rooms, allowing the visitor to walk through, and to come out with an accurate visualization of what living quarters were like hundreds of years ago in America and Europe.
Another elegant display of living quarters is featured in one part of the Chinese historical exhibit, where visitors are treated to a re-creation of a 19th century Chinese home – a very beautiful and creative way to exhibit the antique Chinese furniture on display. The re-creation features indoor quarters as well as the outdoor courtyard, arranged in a typical 19th century Chinese architectural style.
The ancient coin collection is another highlight of the museum. The assortment of Macedonian, Roman, Greek and other ancient cultures’ coins is astounding in the Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins. There is a wonderful option of viewing each coin with a magnifying glass conveniently installed next to the displays. The coins - these tiny ancient works of sculpted art - leave visitors in amazement at the painstaking work ethic and intricate attention to detail that these ancient artists practiced to make a single coin.
You need more than a day to visit this museum. The collection is so huge, after a few hours, the mind can't take in any more information! Part of that is due to the extent of detail in the exhibits. Visitors can expect to exit feeling enlightened!