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Art Lovers’ Guide to Museums in Boston: Spring 2019 Edition

This spring, the top museums in Boston feature everything from Mexican culture to the 1970s punk scene and beautifully landscaped courtyards. Make the most of a temperate spring day and head out to explore the famous Museum of Fine Arts Boston — one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world — and our other Boston favorites.

Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

This spring, discover Mexican culture at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) drew inspiration from traditional Mexican folk art in creating her iconic paintings, like 1928’s “Dos Mujeres” and 1938’s “Girl With Death Mask.” See these works and more, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), at MFA’s first exhibit on Frida Kahlo.

Joan Jett: Bad Reputation at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Travel back in time to the 1970s punk scene with a screening of “Joan Jett: Bad Reputation,” a film by Kevin Kerslake, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The documentary, free with museum admission, appeals to the millennial obsession with nostalgia — mixing interviews with archival video to tell the story of this irrepressible star.

Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legacy at the MIT Museum

Can’t wait for summer sailing? Head to the MIT Museum for an exhibit celebrating one the university’s earliest students, Nathanael Greene Herreshoff (MIT class of 1870). The museum celebrates Herreshoff’s genius nautical designs, which include six America’s Cup winners, the modern catamaran, and more.

Seasonal Courtyard Displays at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s always-blooming courtyard is the perfect way to spend a spring day. Don’t miss the annual hanging Nasturtium vines display — an annual tradition started by Gardner herself during the week before Easter to mark the return of color to the neighborhood. The most famous and labor-intensive display of the year follows in late April and May, when bright plants, from azaleas to daffodils and orchids, bloom.