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They were hard to miss in the galleries Tuesday. Runners, with their blue-and-yellow Boston Marathon jackets, gazed at Impressionist paintings, ancient sculptures, and contemporary works at the Museum of Fine Arts, mingling with schoolchildren out on April vacation.

In response to the Monday Marathon bombings, the MFA waived its $25 ticket price to offer Bostonians and visitors an alternative to the pandemonium that took place a day earlier and a mile away on Boylston Street.

The MFA wasn’t alone in offering free admission. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remained closed Tuesday, as is standard, but the museum decided it would offer free admission Wednesday. The Boston Conservatory decided to make free the four performances of “Reflections: Love, Loss, and Living,” an interdisciplinary event billed as exploring “the universal human experience of loss and grief and how we overcome these experiences.” Tickets had started at $25. The Institute of Contemporary Art also waived its admission fee Tuesday.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk