Museum of Fine Arts

FILE- In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 file photo a person photographs a painting by Sandro Botticelli called 'Venus' during the press view for the V&A's spring exhibition Botticelli Reimagined, in London. A new exhibition of Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli's paintings opens this weekend in Boston, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

BOSTON — Boston's venerable Museum of Fine Arts has apologized to a group of minority middle school students who say they were subjected to racism by staff and some other patrons during a field trip.

Museum officials in a letter posted on its website Wednesday apologized to the students and staff at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in the city's Dorchester neighborhood for "a range of challenging and unacceptable experiences that made them feel unwelcome."

Principal Arturo Forrest tells The Boston Globe he was told that one museum staff member told the students "no food, no drink, and no watermelon." He heard other reports of museum security following his students while leaving white students alone.

Forrest said about 30 seventh grade students were on last week's field trip, all students of color.

— (AP)

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