Museum Passes

Looking for fun? We offer free or discounted admission to over 20 museums and attractions in Massachusetts. Reserve a pass and see how much you can save just by using your library card.

Reserve a Pass Online

You may also call the Circulation Department at 617-972-6431 to reserve or cancel passes.

Important Information

  • You must pick-up the museum pass with the library card used for the reservation. Email confirmations are not valid and coupons must be presented at the museum. 
  • Passes may be limited to general admission. Special exhibits or events may not be covered. Inquire about special exhibits by calling museum directly or visiting their individual web sites.
  • Call or check museum website for holiday closings. 
  • Patrons may lose museum pass borrowing privileges if a pass is lost or returned late more than twice in 6 months.
  • Patrons may borrow one museum pass per day.
  • The fine for a late pass is $10. On the first occurrence of a late or lost pass, the patron will be informed that a second late or lost pass in the next 6 months will result in revoked museum pass borrowing privileges for one year.
  • Patrons are responsible for the full replacement cost for a lost museum pass.
  • Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days before the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library. The following museums use paper coupons: Children’s Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Peabody Essex Museum, and Zoo New England.
  • Membership cards may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day. The following museums use membership cards: Boston By Foot, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Discovery Museums, Garden in the Woods, Gore Place, Harvard Art Museum, Inside Playground, JFK Library and Museum, Launch, Massachusetts Audobon Society, Massachusetts State Parks, Orchard House,Salem Witch Museum, and USS Constitution Museum.

Museum Passes Offered

Boston by Foot
Free admission for groups of up to 4 people. Available seasonally from April-November, rain or shine. Regular admission: ranges from $10-$20 depending on tour.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Boston Island Tours
Reduced, 2-for-1 admission for up to 4 people. Available seasonally from May-October, valid on holidays and weekends. Regular admission: $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children, and $14.95 for seniors/students/military. Children under 3 years old are free.
ALL tickets must be purchased online through the Boston Harbor Islands website, using our library-specific promo code. We are no longer handing out paper coupons at the Circulation desk. Reservations made through TixKeeper do not guarantee a space on the ferry. Please read the following instructions:

  1. Visit http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/harbor-islands/ to make your reservations.
  2. Click “BUY TICKETS”
  3. Specify which island you plan to visit, your date of travel, and your departure time based on the ferry schedule.
  4. Purchase up to 4 tickets.
  5. Enter in promo code in Shopping Cart. The Watertown Free Public Library promo code is:  ZBPL18HI64
  6. Complete order. Print tickets at home or pick up at Will Call at the Ferry Center.
  7. Bring your confirmation number with you for Will Call tickets.
  8. On the day of your trip, go to the Boston Harbor Cruises Ferry Center at Long Wharf in downtown Boston. Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled ferry departure. If you choose to pick up your tickets at the Will-Call Window, present your confirmation number from your online order.

Children’s Museum
Half-price admission for up to 4 people. Regular admission: $16 for adults, $16 for children, and children under 12 months are free. Use the Member’s Express line when visiting.
Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days before the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

DeCordova Art Museum and Sculpture Park
Reduced $7.25 admission for up to 3 people per pass. Seasonal hours: park open every day from June-September; closed Monday and Tuesday from October-May. Sculpture park only open during daylight hours. Regular admission: $14.50 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $14.50 for children, and children under 12 months old are free.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Discovery Museum
Half-price admission for up to 3 people at $7.25 per person. Valid at Children’s Discovery Museum, Science Discovery Museum, and Discovery Woods. All museums are closed on Monday year-round but open on Mondays in July and August. Regular admission: $14.50 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $14.50 for children. Free admission for children under 1 year and for teachers.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Garden in the Woods
Half-price admission for up to 2 people. Available seasonally from April- October, including holidays. Regular admission: $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for children, and children under 3 are free.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Gore Place
Reduced admission for up to 2 adults at $3 each and 2 children under 12 for free. Closed on Sundays. Regular admission: ranges from $12- $15 depending on the tour.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Harvard Art Museums
Free admission for up to 2 adults. Regular admission: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for non-Harvard students, and youth under 18 are free.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Harvard Museum of Natural History & Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Reduced admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children at $6 per person. Also valid for the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Regular admission: $12 for adults, $10 for non-Harvard students, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth (3-18), and children under 3 are free.
Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days before the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

Inside Playground
Reduced admission for up to 4 people at $6 per child and $2 per adult. Pass valid on weekday drop-in hours only, check website or call for any holiday closings. Regular admission: $12 for children (8 months- 12 years old), $2 for adults, and children under 8 months are free.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Institute of Contemporary Art
Reduced admission for up to 2 adults at $5 per person. Closed on Mondays except for any major holidays. Regular admission: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students (with ID), and youth under 17 are free.
Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days before the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Closed Tuesdays
Reduced admission for up to 4 people at $5 per person. Closed on Tuesdays. Regular admission: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for college students (with ID), and youth under 18 are free.
Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days before the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Reduced admission for up to 2 people at $3 per person. Regular admission: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $12 for students (with ID), $10 for teens (13-17), and children under 12 are free.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Launch: Watertown's Trampoline Park
Reduced admission for $5 off jump time for one person. Pass valid on weekdays only. Check website or call for specific toddler jump times, timed rates, and special attractions.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day

Mary Baker Eddy Library
Free admission for up to 4 people for general admission to the library and mapparium. Pass not valid for special events or public programming, check website for holiday hours. Library closed Monday.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Mass Audubon Society
Reduced admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children at $2 per person. Pass valid for multiple farms and sanctuaries, check website or call for specific tours, trails, advisories, and special events. Open year-round.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Massachusetts State Parks Pass
Free parking for 1 car. Pass valid for multiple farms and sanctuaries, check website or call for specific tours, trails, advisories, and special events. Open year-round.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Museum of Fine Arts
Reduced admission for up to 2 people at $10 per person. Regular admission: $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $23 for students (18+ with ID), youth 7-17 are free, and children 6 and under are free. Pass valid for galleries and special exhibitions.
Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days before the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

Museum of Science
Reduced admission for up to 4 people at $10 per person. Regular admission: $25 for adults, $21 for seniors, $20 for youth (3-11), and children under 3 are free. Pass not valid for planetarium, Mugar Omni theatre, butterfly garden, or 4-D theatre.
Pass does not need to be returned to the library.

New England Aquarium
Reduced admission for up to 4 people at $10 per person. Available year-round except during July and August. Regular admission: $26.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors, $18.95 for youth (3-11), and children under 3 are free.
As of 4/8/13, the Aquarium has changed to a timed ticket for entrance every 20 minutes for museum pass holders. Please be aware that 4:40pm is the last admission. The Aquarium suggests before 10:30 and after 3:00 are non-peak times.
Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days before the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

Om Births
Reduced admission for 1 person to a regular class (includes Prenatal, Postnatal, Baby & Me, and Fertility Yoga) for $10 or reduced admission for 1 parent + child to a kid's yoga class (either crawlers or walkers) for $12. Please check the Om Births website for class schedule. Sign-ups before class are not required, but encouraged to confirm a spot. Pass valid for classes at Inner Strength Studios, 309 Main Street, Watertown MA.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Orchard House
Free admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children. Regular admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $8 for college students (with ID), $5 for youth (6-17), and children under 6 are free.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Peabody Essex Museum
Reduced admission at $6 per adult on weekdays and $12 per adult on weekends. Museum closed on Mondays. Regular admission: $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for students (with ID), Salem residents (with ID) and youth under 16 are free.
Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days before the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

Salem Witch Museum
Reduced admission for up to 6 people at $9 per adult/senior and $6.75 per child (ages 6-18). Passes not valid on weekends in October or on Halloween day. Regular admission: $12 for adults, $10.50 for seniors, and $9.00 for children (ages 6-18).
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

USS Constitution Museum
Free admission for up to 9 people. Pass only valid for the museum, and not the ship. Regular admission: suggestion donations of $5-$10 for adults, $3-$5 for children, and $20-$25 for families.
Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

Zoo New England
Reduced admission for up to 6 people at $9 per adult and $6 per child. Valid for Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. Regular admission for Franklin Park: $19.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors, $13.95 for children (2-12), and children under 2 are free. Regular admission for Stone Zoo: $16.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, $11.95 for children (2-12), and children under 2 are free.
Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days before the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.