General admission for children 17 years and under is always free


Free First Thursdays


Thursday, October 6, 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 and interactive programs kick off at 5 pm. Explore art, architecture, and seasonal horticulture displays in the Palace, and visit the studio for hands-on art-making activities that change each month. The Café is open late for dinner and drinks.

Celebrate the changing seasons and enjoy a night of art-making, live music, films, fun, and conversation! Experiment with Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Studio Artist Erin Genia in the Studio, catch a special performance by Ángela Varo and friends in the Courtyard, try out a gallery game, or watch a new film and join a conversation with artist and Neighborhood Salon Luminary Mar Parrilla and collaborators in Calderwood Hall.

  • Art-Making | 5 - 8 PM

    Bertucci Education Studio

    Drop by the Studio to explore new growth and connections to place in a hands-on art project led by Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Studio Artist Erin Genia. Prompts and materials for the activity will be provided.

  • Live Music | 5 - 8 PM


    Andalusian violinist, composer, and Berklee alum Ángela Varo plays flamenco, jazz, and original compositions with musicians Isaac Romagosa, Rafael Heredia Horimoto, and Sasha Ripley.

  • Film Screenings | 5 PM and 6:30 PM

    Artist Talk | 7 PM

    Calderwood Hall

    Join us for film screenings of Ohke Kah Nippi Mehquontamuonk / Earth and Water Memory, a new film produced and directed by artist and Neighborhood Salon Luminary Mar Parrilla. The film features performances and choreography by local artists Jenny Oliver, Andre Strongbearheart Gaines Jr., and Mar Parrilla, and cinematography by Daniel Callahan and Aric Crow Peña. The 6:30 pm screening will be followed by a conversation with director Mar Parrilla, artist Andre Strongbearheart Gaines Jr. and cinematographer Daniel Callahan, at 7:00 pm. Hear from Indigenous artist collaborators about their relationship to earth, water, and memory, and how they explored these elements in the making of their film.

    About the Film: Music for Ohke Kah Nippi Mehquontamuonk / Earth and Water Memory by Gradient Spirits: Markus Guentner, Robin Dance: Andre Strongbearheart Gaines Jr., Stomp Dance: Andre Strongbearheart Gaines Jr., Miguel Garate, Daka Korokwa: Mar Parrilla, Paddle Song: Andre Strongbearheart Gaines Jr., Yokahú (La Llama del Areíto): Germán Luis Colón Martínez, Mosquito Dance: Andre Strongbearheart Gaines Jr. Editor: Daniel Callahan. Regalia by Jenny Oliver, Andre Strongbearheart Gaines Jr., Mar Parrilla, and Marlene E. Lopez. Space Sponsor: Cultural Equity Incubator. This film was commissioned and made possible with the support of: The University of Massachusetts Boston’s Institute for New England Native American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Office of Housing and Residential Life.

Please note: Proof of vaccination status and face masks are required for programs in Calderwood Hall.



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.

Free days are supported by the Liberty Mutual Foundation.

Studio activities are made possible 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 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.

The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.