A gateway to Boston College, the McMullen Museum of Art welcomes you to its new, expanded home in the renovated Renaissance Revival palazzo at 2101 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
From its inception, the McMullen has departed from practices of other university museums by linking its mission to faculty research across disciplines and methodological frontiers and to sharing what is normally the private enterprise of new faculty scholarship with a wide audience. Over more than two decades, the McMullen has mounted more than sixty large-scale loan exhibitions and produced nearly as many scholarly catalogues. The subjects explored range from classical and Asian antiquities, Italian baroque paintings, and medieval and Islamic artifacts, to nineteenth- and twentieth-century European, American, and modern Latin American paintings. The McMullen’s permanent collection features Renaissance and Baroque paintings and tapestries, nineteenth-century American works of art (including many by John La Farge), prints and photographs. We have had nearly a million visitors.
As a teaching museum in a research university, the McMullen remains committed to the highest standards of scholarship and installation and to contributing to the evolution of ideas informed by works of art and material culture. We invite our students, faculty, and staff and those at other institutions, as well as our regional and international audiences, to participate in the discourse.
We are pleased to share with you our exhibitions, research, educational programs, and social events and hope you will make the museum your own—virtually and in person. The McMullen is open to the public free of charge seven days a week. Please visit often as we change our exhibitions.
Nancy Netzer, Director of the McMullen Museum of Art