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The Deal of the Art

How to see world-class masterpieces for free

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eeing the 450,000 world-class works in the Museum of Fine Arts is all that much more satisfying when it’s free. The museum is free on Wednesday nights from 4 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., and always free for students from the MFA’s 47 member universities and colleges, including most schools in and around Boston, and there’s a free College Night each September with concerts, food, activities, prizes, and art. The museum waives admission for an evening in late April for Art in Bloom, on Memorial Day, and in the fall, and offers free events, including Drawing in the Galleries from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, with live models and objects from the collections to draw under the supervision of experts. Here’s one more money-saving secret: Every summer, the MFA hosts a series of concerts in its courtyard with indie-rock and world-music acts. There’s an admission charge, but if you book a table on the terrace at the MFA’s Bravo restaurant, which overlooks the courtyard, you can watch for free. Hamedy



Want to meet some fellow art lovers? The Museum of Fine Arts’ First Fridays, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, includes art, live music, cash bars, and tapas. Check the website for performers.