Visiting an art museum allows you to enter a new world. You can discover something new on another time and placeor you can begin to understand the experiences of others. These tours are invaluable – and for North East students, they literally are. Boston-based students enjoy free and discounted admission to art museums and galleries across the city.
Art museums have become less popular among students over time, with about 23% percentage of college-age students visiting a museum or art gallery each year as of 2017. However, the free admissions offered by museums and art galleries in Boston and the many benefits that come with it have prompted some Northeast students to visit.
Boston museum ticket prices are $15 at the ICA, $20 at the Harvard Art Museumand $25 at the MFA can quickly result in large admissions expenses. But with continued free admission, North East students can save a lot of money.
“I probably saved over a hundred dollars,” said first-year design student Emma Lawson. “You would only have to go four times before it cost that much.
For art and design students like Lawson, free admission to museums and access to exhibits helps them accomplish a major task: schoolwork.
“I need [the exhibits] for the classes I’m in,” she said. “It really helps with classes and letting our teachers know we’re not paying $25 every visit.”
Others have personal ties to Boston’s art museums. Emma Rimerman, a first-year psychology student, explained that her grandmother grew up in suburban Boston and attended the MFA with her family. Since arriving at Northeastern and visiting the museum, she feels an even stronger connection to her family.
“Walking through the museum, not only do I see this beautiful art that I love, but for me, it’s a nice little personal connection to my family,” Rimerman said. “It’s really cool to see this work of art that has been around for so long. I think it’s wonderful.
Another benefit of visiting art museums for students in the North East is the opportunity to learn about other cultures through art.
“It offers a really interesting insight into different cultures,” Rimerman said. “There is a wide variety of art from different eras, from many different places.”
Northeastern students like Kristine Aleksandrovica, a fourth-year business administration student, believe that visiting art museums with other people can help them better understand art.
“You go there and there’s an exhibit that you don’t understand, so you talk to someone who understands it,” Aleksandrovica said. “It just helps you internalize it better.”
Above all, art museums have the ability to bring people together. Experiencing new cultures and new ideas while making connections with others is an opportunity for students to create memories.
“The most memorable exhibits are the ones that took place with people in Boston,” Aleksandrovica said. “When you talk about something, it really has an impact and stays in your heart and mind for longer.”
Art connects different kinds of people, and the free admission offered by Boston museums fosters this connection. Northeast students can connect with classmates, members of other cultures, and people who have been through a museum before them.
“Knowing how many people have crossed [a] museum, I think it’s really cool,” Rimerman said. “To see this work of art that has been around for so long is wonderful.”