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Sister Wendy's American Collection
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Like several other museums in the series, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, owes its existence to the vision and largess of its 19th-century founders, who saw a civic duty in displaying art for the public. Founded in 1870, the museum was first housed near Copley Square and moved to its current quarters, a Beaux Arts building designed by Guy Lowell, in 1909.

From the start, the collection has been varied. The European works prized by 19th-century collectors are central to the museum. But they stand side-by-side with remarkable collections of Native American pottery, Asian art, antiquities, textiles, costumes, and decorative arts. Notable works by John Singer Sargent and John Singelton Copley are highlights of the collection.

Architect I.M. Pei's addition to the museum, the West Wing, was opened in 1981 and is used for visiting exhibitions. Outside this wing is the Tenshin-En Japanese garden, a complement to the extensive Asian galleries at the MFA.

Visit the MFA on the Web at, where you'll find an online database of thousands of objects from the collection, as well as specialized tours and video-enhanced Web presentations of exhibitions, such as Explore Ancient Egypt.

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