Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Master Program Plan

The campus of the Museum of Fine Arts overlooks the Fenway, a city park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Our Museum Master Program Plan addresses the entire campus site with its original 1907 Main Building and three satellite buildings, as well as six off-site facilities used by the MFA for administrative and storage needs.

Near and long-term opportunities are assessed. Goals included consolidation of off-site staff and functions within the main campus, more practical and productive adjacencies for its many distributed departments, and better support for under-served programs, all while creating space for additional galleries and public programming in the Main Building. The Plan includes a strategy for one of the three satellite buildings to serve as a curatorial study center, also housing the library, archives, and collections storage.

Our Museum Master Program Plan has served as the basis for over 25 subsequent planning and renovation projects that we have completed for the Museum.   

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Completed 2010
Project Size
Site | 15 Acres
Buildings | 980,000 GSF
Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Ann Beha FAIA, Thomas Hotaling AIA, Ed Rice AIA, Craig Mutter AIA (ABA/Annum); Smith + St. John (OPM); WSP Flack & Kurtz (MEP/FP); Weidlinger Associates (Structural); Judith Nitsch (Civil); BET (Envelope); Michael Van Valkenburgh (Landscape); Rolf Jensen (Code); Jay Lucker (Library Planning); Howard-Stein Hudson (Parking & Traffic); EH&E (Environmental); John Moriarty Associates (Pre-Design & Cost Estimating)