General admission for children 17 years and under is always free


Free First Thursdays


Thursday, September 1, 2022
3 - 9 pm
Throughout the Museum

Join us on the first Thursday of every month for a restorative evening of discovery and community. Museum admission is free from 3 pm through 9 pm. Explore art, architecture, and seasonal horticulture displays in the Palace. The Café is open late for dinner and drinks.

Watch #HereWeAre: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, an Apple Original short film adapted from the best-selling children's books by Oliver Jeffers and narrated by Meryl Streep. The film is 36 minutes and will be screened throughout the evening from 3 pm onwards in Calderwood Hall. Or, stream #HereWeAre: Notes for Living on Planet Earth with your family now on Apple TV+; learn more at Face masks are required for screenings in Calderwood Hall.

Please note: The Studio will not be open on September 1. Self-guided activities and sketching are always available.

Here We Are

Image courtesy of Apple TV+


Advance registration is encouraged for free timed entry tickets for Museum general admission.

Registration opens two weeks before the event for the general public and four weeks in advance for members. Reserve your tickets online by clicking the button above.

Limited tickets will be available in-person at the Museum’s main entrance, starting at 3 pm, the day of the event. Please note that day-of tickets are not guaranteed.

Free Admission is generously supported by Fidelity Investments.

The Artist-in-Residence program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported by the Barbara Lee Program Fund. Funding is also provided for site-specific installations of new work on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade on Evans Way.

Studio activities are generously sponsored by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.

Polly Thayer Starr (1904-2006) was an accomplished artist who captured the culture and whimsy of her native Boston with a unique combination of detail, emotion, and curiosity. For more, visit the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust online at

The Neighborhood Salon is supported in part by the Barr Foundation ArtsAmplified Initiative and the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.

Education and community programs receive support from the Vertex Foundation, Rowland Foundation, the Richard K. Lubin Family Foundation, the Wagner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Yawkey Foundation, The Beker Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, and Janet Burke Mann Foundation.

Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet was organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and reimagined by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for its Boston premiere.

The exhibition is supported by:
Nora McNeely Hurley / Manitou Fund
Gregory Maguire
Patricia Romeo-Gilbert and Paul Gilbert
Media Partner: WERS and ERS+

The Museum also receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts.