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Looking for museum exhibits & events in Boston this June? Boston is home to some of the best museums in the country that cater to a variety of artistic, scientific and historic interests. These popular cultural spaces host a number of virtual and in-person events every month to feed your curiosity and open you up to new ideas.

There is a lot going on in Boston Museums in June 2021. Our top picks include the World Bicycle Day celebration at Harvard Museum of Natural History, a new exhibit at MFA Boston, a talk on Anthony van Dyck’s recently discovered painting and more!!! 

Museum Exhibits & Virtual Events In June 2021 In Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Conservation of Guanyin, Bodhisattva of Compassion and Attendant Figures

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A lecture by conservator Abigail Hykin on the process of the complex restoration of the Guanyin, a masterpiece of the Song Dynasty sculptures. In the talk, the speaker will dive into the history of the this sculptural group created circa 12th century in Shaanxi and the impact of the last century on the artworks and their presentation in contemporary cultural spaces.
When: Thursday, 10 June 2021, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Virtual
How much: Free admission



Harvard Museum of Natural History: World Bicycle Day Celebration

If you don’t know how to change a cycle tire or fix a broken chain, then this event is a must attend. Not only will it celebrate this means of human-powered transportation which helps to protect the environment but will also educate participants about some bicycle maintenance basics and provide essential safety tips that ought to be followed once you hop onto a bike.
When: Sunday, 6 June 2021, 12 p.m. to 1.15 p.m.
Where: Zoom
How much: Free admission


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Samantha Nye: My Heart’s in a Whirl

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An exhibit which showcases artist Samantha Nye’s interrogation of power, beauty and representations of caste, gender and race while questioning the homogenous understandings of desire and domesticity. She turns her focus to the video medium for this exhibit and recreates the Scopitone jukeboxes, those precursors to MTV and YouTube to tell an alternative story which has expanded visions of love and belonging.
When: Saturday, 12 June 2021 to Sunday, 31 October 2021
Where: Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
How much: $25 for general admission


Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston: The Artist’s Voice: Virgil Abloh with Josh Johnson

When the pandemic led to an entire reconfiguration of the traditional runway, Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh became one of the forerunners in the shift that would change the way designers present their collections. With his film, Peculiar Contrast, Perfect Light, he created an impactful showcase of his fall/winter 2021 collection. In this program, the designer will discuss his creative processes and the inspirations behind this groundbreaking film with Ruth Erickson, the ICA’s Mannion Family Curator.  
When: Thursday, 24 June 2021, 7.30 pm
Where: Virtual
How much: Free admission

A smart way to enjoy some of the museums and other attractions in Boston is to get the Go Boston Explorer pass which gives you discounted admission to Harvard Museum and other museums and attractions around Boston. 

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Museum Exhibits & Virtual Events In June 2021 In Boston – Continued

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Youthful Ambition: Anthony van Dyck’s ‘Self-Portrait as Icarus’

In this program organized by the Center for Netherlandish Art, join Flemish artists in examining the recently discovered work by Anthony van Dyck, Self-Portrait as Icarus with Daedalus. This talk will be a peek into the motivations leading to the painting and the pictorial traditions from where it emerged.
When: Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 12 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Where: Virtual
How much: Free admission


Harvard Art Museums: Art Talk Live: Up Close and Personal—Looking at Ancient Textiles

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Join conservation fellow Julie Wertz to explore how Egyptian textile makers used just a handful of materials to create a rich variety of fabrics and the artistic processes involved in making these functional art objects. She will examine the fabrics using microscopy and micro-analytical techniques to find out more about the materials and methods used to create a number of fabulous artistic pieces.
When: Tuesday, 15 June 2021, 12.30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Virtual
How much: Free admission



Interested in enjoying Boston Museum Exhibits on budget? Check out our article on Free & Cheap Admission to Boston Museums! 

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