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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.
Please check Boston Children's Museum website for updated information before visiting.
Museum is operating at a reduced capacity. All tickets are booked online prior to visiting. Online tickets/reservations are required
Pass admits up to 4 people at half price.
Regular admission prices(without pass)
Adults $18 per person
Children (1-15) $18
Children (under 12 months) Free
Children (0-12) months free
The House of Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables, one of the oldest surviving timber-framed mansion houses in continental North America, was the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous 1851 novel of the same name. The historic site which includes the house (a National Historic Landmark District) includes a guided tour of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (the House of the Seven Gables) and visits to the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace, the Colonial Revival seaside gardens, and the Counting House, with a maritime discovery zone called “Kids' Cove at The Gables.” (An audio tour of the gardens, grounds, and waterfront is available through the UniGuide App.) Lectures and seasonal living history labs are scheduled throughout the year, and a changing annual exhibition examines various aspects of the institution's 350 years of history. There is a gift shop on the premises. The website has virtual field trips and interactive exhibitions that can provide helpful background information before a visit.
Please check the House of Seven Gables website for any updates before visiting.
Pass admits 2 adults and 2 children at half price.
Currently the Gardens and Grounds are open and tours of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion are available. The Museum shop is also open during operating hours.
Mask are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Admission without pass :
Children (5-12) $12
Child under 5 Free
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.
Please check Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum website at https://www.gardnermuseum.org/visit/know-before-you-go for updates before visiting.
VACCINATION REQUIREMENT REMAINS IN PLACE FOR PERFORMANCES IN CALDERWOOD HALL.
Library passes must be picked up at the library and redeemed online (https://www.gardnermuseum.org/visit) to reserve a timed ticket. Advance tickets for timed entry are required. Please pick up your museum pass from the library at least 3 days before making your reservation to ensure you will be able to visit on the date you requested.
Pass admits 4 people at $5.00 per person. Children under 18 are admitted free.
Museum is closed on Tuesdays. Holiday closings: New Year's Day, Patriot's Day (April), Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Regular Admission Prices(without pass)
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.
Provides free parking for 1 vehicle (excluding buses and vans) for day-use parking in state parks within MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation. MassParks Pass is not valid for Lynch Park in Beverly or Crane's Beach in Ipswich. Most parks are open year round; check the web site for details:
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.
Please check Museum of Fine Arts website for any updates before visiting.
General admission tickets are available in person or in advance online at: mfa.org/tickets, or by phone.
A library pass will not be accepted for admission into the Museum. Patrons can use the promo code (given when you reserve your pass) to reserve discounted admission tickets ahead of the reservation date.
Patrons receive an e-mail with their admission ticket(s) and need to present their ticket(s) when they arrive at the Museum, preferably on a phone or device, but tickets printed on paper are accepted. A physical library pass will not be used for admission.
Promo codes and library passes are not applicable toward discounts on shopping, parking, dining, films, concerts, lectures, courses, or any other public programs.
Pass admits 2 people for $10 per person.
Regular Admission Rate(without pass)
Youth 7-17 $10
Youth 0-6 Free
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.
Please check Museum of Science website for updated information before visiting.
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 ALSO CALL THE MUSEUM TO RESERVE A TIMED TICKET. Call 617-723-2500 (daily, 9am – 5pm). Please call at least 1-2 days ahead 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 unable to show your Library confirmation on a phone, you may print out a copy using the link in the confirmation email or request a paper copy from the library.
Library ID# 194077
Reserve a pass through the Peabody Library
1. Call the Museum of Science at 617-723-2500 (daily, 9am – 5pm) to reserve your timed tickets. Up to 4 people are admitted at a 50% discount off of Exhibit Hall admission prices only with each pass and Children under 3 are always free but must have a timed ticket
2. Please call at least 1-2 days ahead of time to reserve your time otherwise the Museum might be fully booked. Your pass can only be used on the date printed on the pass. You will need to provide the name of the library and library number (printed on your reservation) plus the date of your pass.
3. After you make your reservation, the Museum will send you an email confirmation with your reservation time. Please bring both your library pass confirmation and your email confirmation from the Museum when you visit.
4. 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:
1. Please request a paper copy of your confirmation at the library.
2. Follow steps 1-3 above to reserve your timed ticket and request to pick up your tickets at the Box Office when you arrive. Please write down your ticket confirmation number and bring that and your library confirmation with you to the Museum.
3. Go to the Box Office and provide your name, name of the library and timed ticket confirmation number. The Box Office will give you tickets. Proceed to the gate with your tickets.
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.
Please check New England Aquarium website for any updates before visiting.
Due to limited capacity, we are encouraging visitors to purchase tickets in advance. A very limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on-site.
Coupons to the Aquarium will be valid only on the date printed on the coupon.
Advance reservations are recommended due to limited capacity but not required for library patrons with a library discount coupon. Library patrons should present their coupons on-site at the Aquarium ticket booth. Once tickets are issued, library patrons will be admitted to the Aquarium.
The Aquarium encourages patrons to arrive early to avoid long lines at the ticket booth and to review Aquarium website ahead of their visit to ensure a safe and accessible experience.
Pass admits 4 people at half price.
Regular admission prices (without pass)
Child (3-11) $23.00
Child <3 FREE
Seniors (60+) $30.00
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.
Please check Peabody Essex Museum website for updated information before visiting.
To check on safety measures being taken go to pem.org/safety.
Tickets bought in advance are encouraged at pem.org/tickets or by calling 978-542-1511.
Pass admits 2 people for $12 per person for general admission only.
Children under age 16 free general admission.
Yin Yu Tang Chinese House and other special exhibits require additional admission fees.
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.
Please check Zoo New England website for updated information before visiting.
Pass admits 6 people to Franklin Park Zoo (Boston) or Stone Zoo (Stoneham).
Discounted rate is $9 per adult; $6 per child.
Free admission for children under 2.
Regular Admission prices(without pass)
Senior (62+): $18.95
Child (ages 2-12): $13.95
Children under 2: Free
ZOOLIGHTS is not discounted with pass.