Labor Day Weekend Museum Trips

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The Harvard Museum of Natural History. Photo Courtesy Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Labor Day is a great holiday, mostly because it’s dedicated to universal appeal of “not going to work.” It gives us all a bit of time to relax, unwind, and do some fun stuff … like take a trip to a museum.

You might think that’s strange, but consider the appeal of a quiet, air-conditioned building filled with beautiful works of art or fascinating scientific exhibitions. Sounds like a good way to spend a day off, right?

There are a number of great museums in the area that will be open throughout Labor Day Weekend. Several have special exhibits or events that will end after Labor Day, so you’ll want to take advantage of your free time while you have some to spare.

We’ve compiled a guide to some great area museums with special exhibits throughout Labor Day Weekend. Read on to learn how to make the most of your break with a museum trip.

The Museum of Fine Arts

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Photo by Mark Skrobola

Those looking for a traditional museum trip should check out the Museum of Fine Arts this Labor Day weekend.

When people think “art museum” in Boston, chances are they’re thinking of the MFA – and for good reason. This museum boasts a wide array of art, from paintings and photography to sculpture and video installations. Guests can enjoy traditional arts, ancient artifacts, and contemporary offerings all under one roof.

Even better, the museum’s layout makes it easy to find exhibits you’ll enjoy. Interested in Asian art? Visit the Art of Asia wing. Do you enjoy the history of music? Then check out their musical instrument room. The MFA has something for everyone.

And if you’re looking for a special Labor Day exhibit, you’ll want to check out Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty at the MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing.

This display features one of four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, a historic document from 1215 that served as a foundation for constitutional law and was an inspiration for the Declaration of Independence. Yeah, I know it might sound boring to look at a piece of old paper, but this document’s normally housed in Lincolnshire, England, so you might not get another shot at checking it out.

The Magna Carta exhibit also features portraits, busts, and historical pieces related to the Founding Fathers and others inspired by the document’s notions of liberty and freedom. And while this exhibit has been at the MFA throughout the summer, it will close on September 1st, leaving Labor Day Weekend as your last chance to see this piece of history.

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts for a nice, relaxing museum trip. And don’t worry if you can’t visit every exhibit, you’ll always be able to go back!

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