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Boston Children’s Museum
Founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau, the Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest children’s museum in the world and one of the few that maintain a collection. Designed for both children and families, the Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, emphasizing hands-on engagement and learning through experience, and employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children.
Admission is HALF price for up to four (4) people
Children younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Adults unaccompanied by children must leave proper photo identification at the admission desk.
This is a printable pass. We strongly suggest printing the pass as soon as you finish the reservation. Thank you.
Boston Harbor Island Ferry
The largest recreational open space in Eastern Massachusetts, the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is comprised of 34 islands and mainland parks that deliver access to historic sites and provide opportunities to hike and camp. Transportation to the islands is by ferry and, depending on the location, your own boat. Please refer to their website for the most up-to-date information about what is open and how to get there.
This is a two for one code to the Boston Harbor Islands and is good for up to four people for week days until October. It is not good for Sunset Cruises.
Acton's Discovery Museum, located on a 4-acre campus, is aimed at providing an environment in which play becomes a conduit for learning about science, technology, and nature. The museum’s building contains a number of galleries dedicated to teaching scientific concepts in a fun, hands-on environment, as well as themed play spaces for younger visitors. Outdoors, Discovery Woods includes a nature playscape with a cargo net climb, nest swing and beaver lodges, as well as a treehouse with an observation deck and a bouncy bridge. There are opportunities to practice orienteering with provided maps and instructions on trails on the property. A museum shop is on the premises. The museum building is fully ADA compliant, with exhibits based on Universal Design principles.
This pass admits three people at half price to both museums. Both museums are open a staggered schedule in September.
The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum in Worcester, MA. Set in an urban oasis, the museum offers a chance to walk through the treetops, take a multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, and get hands-on with family-friendly exhibits.
This pass provides a 50% discount for up to 2 adults and 2 children in one vehicle. Children under 2 free. It is not to be combined with other offers, group rates or special event prices. Please fill out the reverse side of the coupon pass prior to using.
Einstein’s Workshop provides hands-on STEAM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) for children K-8 at weekly classes and a drop-in exploration space. The drop-in space has a variety of tools and toys, which include LEGOs, K’nex, Zome, Snap Circuits, Kapla blocks, Anker blocks, MagnaTiles, and more. Access to innovative tools, such as 3D printers and a laser cutter, is provided through classes and workshops on such topics as robotics, electronics design, Minecraft engineering and architecture, and 3D design and programming.
This pass admits up to 5 children for free to drop in hours at Einstein's Workshop.
Drop In Hours on Saturday and Sunday: 10-6 PM, September 14-June 9
Please check Einstein's Workshop for current hours as they reserve the option to be closed on any day.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, located in Amherst, MA, is the first sizable institution dedicated to picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. Its collection encompasses more than 11,000 objects—7,300 of which are illustrations—including art by Eric Carle, Maurice Sendak, and Leo Lionni. On the 40,000 sq. ft. premises are three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and a gift shop.
Free admission for 2 adults and 4 children. This pass is a printable pass and can be printed from home or at the library.
Harvard Art Museums
The Harvard Art Museums include three different institutions, all located near each other on the Cambridge campus of the university. The Fogg Museum’s holdings include Western paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings dating from the Middle Ages to the present. The Busch-Reisinger Museum contains Austrian Secession art, German expressionism, 1920s abstraction, and materials related to the Bauhaus, as well as late-medieval sculpture, eighteenth-century art, and noteworthy postwar and contemporary art from German-speaking Europe. The Arthur M. Sackler Museum is dedicated to works from Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.
The Harvard Art Museum pass admits two adults free of charge. Children under the age of 18 are always admitted free of charge.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
The Harvard Museum of Natural History was established in 1998 as the public face of three separate research museums at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA: the Harvard University Herbaria, the Mineralogical & Geological Museum, and the Museum of Comparative Zoology. The museum is home to the famous “Glass Flowers” collection and a collection of “Sea Creatures in Glass,” made by the same artists (a father and son); a collection of meteorite, mineral and gemstone specimens; and various exhibits on life both big and small: from microbes to dinosaurs—and everything in between. There is a gift shop on the premises.
$6.00 Admission fee per person for up to four people. This pass also includes admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The two museums connect on the third floor and visitors may move freely from one to the other - all for one admission price.
Historic New England
Historic New England is a historic preservation organization which owns and operates historic house museums and properties open to the public throughout most of New England. The majority of the 36 properties are in Massachusetts, but locations exist in all NE states but Vermont. These include Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, ME), the Jackson House (Portsmouth, NH), the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, which (Newbury, MA), Roseland Cottage (Woodstock, CT), the Otis House (Boston, MA), the Lyman Estate (Waltham, MA), Gropius House (Lincoln, MA), and the Arnold House (Lincoln, RI). Styles represented include Federal, Colonial Revival, Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts & Crafts, and Modern, among many others. The website provides much detail, including directions, contact information, and history of each property.
This pass offers free admission to 36 historic sites and the Library and Archives of Historic New England. Please go to historicnewengland.org for a full listing of historic sites to visit and to verify hours of operation.
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
The building that houses the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on Fan Pier is the first in the US designed by the architectural firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The museum was founded in 1936 as a sister institution to New York’s MoMA, though it had no permanent collection until starting one after moving into the new building on the waterfront in 2006. In addition to the collection, changing exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming are offered throughout the year.
Each pass allows up to two people a discounted rate of $5.00 each. The ICA is always free to children 17 and under.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Gardner Museum houses the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a local patron of the arts who died in 1924, in a building she commissioned to look like a 15th century Venetian palazzo. The center of the original building showcases courtyard plantings that reflect the seasons as they evolve throughout the year. In addition to her collection, which remains displayed exactly she arranged it per her will, there are changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events, and an artist-in-residence program. In 2012, the museum opened an addition designed by Renzo Piano that houses a space for their concert series.
Each pass provides up to 4 people with $5.00 admission per person, redeemable at the admission desk. Children under the age of 18 are always admitted free.
John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated to the memory of the nation’s thirty-fifth president, is located on a ten-acre park which overlooks the sea in an building designed by I.M. Pei. The Museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President, all through permanent and changing exhibits. The Library is available to students and scholars to conduct research using its collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of the institution’s namesake.
$3.00 admission for up to 2 people. Children 12 and under receive free admission.
Lynn Museum and Historical Society
The Lynn Museum & Historical Society, housed in the former Heritage State Park Visitor Center in Lynn, MA, has been the repository and custodian of Lynn's history since 1897. The Museum chronicles Lynn's rise from early American settlement to industrial powerhouse. Its collection boasts nearly 10,000 objects and includes fine art, photography, furniture, textiles, ephemera, archival materials and other artifacts, which it displays in special, theme-based exhibitions. The museum is closed for part of the year.
This pass provides free admission for up to 2 adults. Children (12 and under) are always admitted free to the Lynn Museum.
Massachusetts State Parks (Department of Conservation and Recreation)
The Massachusetts State Parks have locations in all regions of the Commonwealth, from Pittsfield to Boston, and from Gloucester to Provincetown. They include beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs, each with its own unique activities and amenities like hiking, biking, swimming and boating, camping, and more.
This pass provides free parking to one vehicle at over 50 day use facilities in the state parks system.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in existence since July 4, 1876, is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of almost 500,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary painting, sculpture and video. In addition, there are always special exhibitions on view, opportunities to take advantage of educational programs—some right in the galleries—and a contemplative Japanese garden.
$10 Admission fee per person for up to 2 people.
The Museum of Science in Boston is located on a piece of land that extends the width of the Charles River, connecting Boston and Cambridge. Dedicated to promoting and educating visitors about science and technology, the museum includes a planetarium, the world’s largest open-air Van de Graaff generator, an IMAX theatre, a butterfly garden, and permanent and changing exhibits on birds, insects and animals; space; dinosaurs; engineering; nanotechnology; math; biology; and more.
$10 Admission fee per person for up to 4 people.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from the giant Pacific octopus to Northern fur seals to little blue penguins. They offer a wide range of exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals. In addition, they have an IMAX theatre and run whale watch boat excursions in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises from April through November.
Each pass admits up to 4 people at 50% off the rate of admission. You may find current rates by viewing https://www.neaq.org/visit/tickets/
Please note that the discount for this pass differs from past years.
Passes do not apply to Aquarium boat programs, IMAX shows or school group visits.
Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum grew out of the collection of East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains whose charter called for acquisition of “natural and artificial curiosities.” Its permanent collection contains art and artifacts of Africa, Asia, India, China (with a Qing Dynasty house brought from the Huizhou region), Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands, and features objects of maritime art and history that include paintings, drawings, ship models, marine decorative arts, tools, weapons, navigational instruments, and ship and yacht plans. It also has a thriving changing exhibition schedule that sometimes includes important traveling shows.
$6 admission to general museum for up to 2 adults (16+) through September 21st 2019. Reduced admission to the Yin Yu Tang, the Chinese house. Access to special ticketed exhibitions also require a separate fee. Visitors using a library pass are not entitled to any other member benefits.
After September 21st, pass admits two adults at $12 per person.
Salem Witch Museum
Based on actual trial documents and using life-size stage sets with figures, lighting, and narration, the museum's principle exhibit examines the 1692 Salem witch trials. In a second exhibit, “Witches: Evolving Perceptions,” guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today, and witch hunting. A gift shop is on the premises.
This pass allows the bearer a discounted admission rate for up to six visitors. Please present the pass at the front admissions desk while purchasing your tickets to receive the discounted rate.
At certain peak visitation times (October), our ticket lines may be long. Arrive as early as possible to purchase tickets for earlier presentation times.
Trustees of the Reservations (with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum)
The Trustees of the Reservations preserve and protect more than 100 special properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value—nearly 25,000 acres—all around Massachusetts. From Crane's Beach in Ipswich and World's End in Hingham to The Old Manse in Concord and Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, visitors to Trustees sites enjoy local history and nature in its various forms: beaches, meadows, forests, swamps and more.
In the summer of 2019, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the largest park of its kind in New England, became part of the Trustees. The museum, located in Lincoln, MA, encompasses nearly 30 conserved acres and presents contemporary art from New England—and beyond—with sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions. For a full list of locations, please visit their web site.
Pass provides free or reduced admission for 2 Adults and children under 18 to Trustees properties across the state, including the deCordova Museum in Lincoln. Pass holder will pay an admission fee equivalent to that of a Trustees Family Level membership. Passes will provide 20% off regular admission to Crane Beach.
Pass is not valid for use at Trustees parking kiosks, stores, cafes, Inns, Campgrounds at special events and programs, or in place of any permits or passes.
Wenham Museum is a history museum celebrating the treasures of childhood and New England family life across four centuries, with an emphasis on the North Shore. The museum's collections feature a world-renowned doll collection and dollhouses, costumes and textiles, model trains, antique toys, historic photographs, and the interactive Family Discovery Gallery. Admission includes a tour of the historic Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House, built at the end of the 17th century. In addition, there are rotating special programs and exhibitions. A gift shop is on the premises.
This pass provides half price admission for up to 4 people. It is valid for admission only.
Zoo New England
Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo, a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, and the Stone Zoo, located on a 26-acre site near Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. In addition to animals, both zoos are engaged in wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA. Admits 6 people at $9.00 per adult and $6.00 per child. Children 2 years and younger are free.