To select a museum, click “Details/Reserve”, then select which Pass to reserve.
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.
Admits up to 4 (adults or children) at half price per person.
This is an e-ticket, valid only for one day. You can either print it out and take it with you or display the pass on your phone or device. Either way, please be sure that the pass barcode is visible.
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.
Pass allows the purchase of up to 4 tickets online. The tickets are two for the price of one.
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.
The pass admits up to three people at half price. Additional people in your party pay full price.
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.
Admits 2 people at $5.00 per person. Admission is free for 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.
Pass admits up to 4 people at $5.00 per person. Children under 18 are always free.
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 allows free parking for one vehicle.
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.
Pass admits 2 people. Admission is $10 per person.
NOTE: This is a virtual pass with a promo code that does not need to be picked up from the library.
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.
This pass will admit up to 4 people at a 50% discount on tickets to the Museum's exhibit halls.
Children under 3 are not included in the count of 4 and are always admitted for free but must have a timed ticket. Your library pass can only be used on the date printed on the pass.
-You must call the Museum to reserve a timed ticket. You may reach the Museum at 617-723-2500 daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. Please call at least 1-2 days ahead of your arrival to reserve your time slot, otherwise the Museum might be fully booked.
-After you make your timed reservation with the Museum, they will send you an email confirmation with your reservation time.
-Please bring both your library pass confirmation (printed or displayed on a phone) and your email confirmation from the Museum when you visit. Show both confirmations at the gate to enter. You do not need to stop at the Box Office.
-If you are not able to show your library confirmation on a phone, request a paper copy of your confirmation from the library.
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.
This coupon allows 50% off admission to the New England Aquarium.
· This is not a ticket.
· Redeem this coupon in the General Admission line at the Aquarium’s ticket booth for discounted admission for up to four people.
· Please visit neaq.org/coupons for details.
· Review the Aquarium’s website at www.neaq.org/safety ahead of your visit to ensure a safe and accessible experience.
· Valid only for Aquarium admission.
· This coupon does not provide any other discounts and cannot be applied to combo tickets.
· Library coupons or tickets obtained with library coupons may not be sold.
· Void if altered or copied. No cash value.
· Hours of operation are subject to change.
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.
Each pass admits up to 2 patrons at $12 per person. You must use the promo code provided in the loan instructions to reserve your pass.
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.
The Trustees GO Pass:
-can be used at over 100 Trustees of Reservation properties
-covers two adults plus all children (or grandchildren) up to 18 years old
-is valid for admission only; it is not valid for discounts at parking kiosks, stores, cafes, inns, campgrounds, special events and programs, on any equipment rental, or in place of any other permits or passes
-allows free or reduced admission at the Family Level Membership price
Not every Trustees property charges an admission. For information about the admission at each property, please visit TheTrustees.Org.
USS Constitution Museum
The museum, a part of the Boston National Historical Park, is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard near the ship USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) at the end of Boston’s Freedom Trail. The museum provides a detailed look at the history of the ship, information about the war of 1812, and the battle between the ship and HMS Java. Stories are told through interactive exhibits, unique artifacts, archival records, and artwork. The museum also includes a research library which houses a strong collection of manuscripts, books, artifacts, and microfilm of primary source material. The ship itself is maintained by the US Navy, and may be visited free of charge on certain days.
One pass allows free admission for up to 9 people per day. No advance tickets or reservations are required for entry, and admission will be on a first come, first served basis.
This is a circulating pass that must be picked up at the library and returned after use.
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.
Pass admits 6 people at $9.00 per adult and $6.00 per child. Pass is NOT accepted for ZooLights.
Your pass must be picked up at the library.