Museum Passes

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

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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 from the library with the library card used for the reservation. Email confirmations are not valid for entry to a museum or park. 
  • 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.

Please note that reservation instructions have changed. Read the following instructions for the museum you wish to visit thoroughly and completely before making your reservation.

Many museums are only admitting visitors through timed, pre-scheduled entry through their own websites or box offices. You are responsible for checking their ticketing procedure to make sure you have reserved a spot with the museum on the day you use a library museum pass. The library-provided passes are for discounted admission only, and do not act as an actual admission ticket unless other specified by the museum—you must schedule admission directly with the museum ahead of your reservation date.

Museum Passes Offered


BOSTON BY FOOT

  • Type of pass: Promo code, emailed to patron.
  • Pricing: Free admission to most of Boston By Foot’s Walking Tours. Available seasonally from April- October.
  • Reservations: Pre-registration is required for all walking tours. Patrons are instructed to first reserve an e-ticket through the library, then reserve the same day and time-block through Boston by Foot’s Tour Calendar. Enter the code provided by the library e-ticket in the field that says “if you have a coupon, please enter code here (case sensitive).” Patron will receive a confirmation email with tickets upon checkout through the Boston By Foot website. Patrons are advised to arrive 10-15 minutes before the time of the tour to connect with the guide. Please be prepared to show tickets, either printed or on a mobile device.

Information: Please visit Boston By Foot’s Health and Safety page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies, or contact Boston By Foot directly at 617-367-2345 or info@bostonbyfoot.org.


BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

  • Type of pass: E-ticket, emailed to patron.
  • Pricing: Half-priced admission for up to 4 people at $9 per person.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve an e-ticket through the library, then reserve the same day and time-block through the Boston Children’s Museum’s website. Click on “Discount Programs” then “Half-Priced Library Timed Ticket” to book a time slot. Visitors must present both the library e-ticket and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk.
  • Information: Please visit the museum’s Reopening FAQs page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies, or contact orders@bostonchildrensmuseum.org with any questions.

BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS

  • Pricing: Reduced, 2-for-1 admission for up to 4 people. Available seasonally from June- early September.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to make a reservation through the library, then use the promo code in their confirmation email to purchase discounted tickets online through the Boston Harbor Islands website.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the Boston Harbor Island’s Know Before You Go page or contact the box office at 617-227-4321.

DISCOVERY MUSEUM

  • Type of pass: Promo code, emailed to patron.
  • Pricing: Half-priced admission for up to 3 people at $7.75 per person.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve an e-ticket through the library, then reserve a ticket for the same day and time-block through the Discovery Museum’s website or over the phone at 978-264-4200. Visitors must present both the library e-ticket and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk.
  • Information: Please visit the museum’s Plan Your Visit page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

GARDEN IN THE WOODS/ NATIVE PLANT TRUST

  • Type of pass: Membership card, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Half-priced admission for up to 2 adults. $1 admission for up to 2 children aged 5-17. Available seasonally from April- October, including holidays. 
  • Reservations: Advanced reservations are not required for Garden in the Woods.
  • Information: Please visit the museum’s website for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

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

  • Type of pass: Membership card, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 2 adults at $5 each and 2 children under 12 for free. Tickets for Saturday tours must be purchased in advance through Gore Place’s website
  • Reservations: Gore Place grounds are open to the public for self-guided outdoor tours. 
  • Information: Please visit the museum’s website for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies, available tours, and changes to indoor tour schedule.

Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned before the next day.


HARVARD ART MUSEUMS

  • Type of pass: Membership card, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Free admission for up to 2 adults.
  • Reservations: Advanced reservations are required for museum visits. Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up the membership card from the library, then reserve a ticket for the same day and time-block through the Harvard Art Museums’ website. Visitors must present both the library membership card and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk.
  • Information: Please visit the museum’s Plan Your Visit page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned before the next day.


HARVARD MUSEUMS OF SCIENCE & CULTURE

  • Type of pass: Paper coupon, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Reduced admission at 50% off for up to 4 visitors.
  • Reservations: Advanced reservations are required for museum visits. Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up the membership card from the library, then reserve a ticket for the same day and time-block through the Harvard Museum of Science & Culture’s website. Visitors must present both the library coupon and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk.
  • Information: Please visit the museum’s Visit page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies

Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.


INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

  • Type of pass: Paper coupon, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 2 people at $5 per person.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up a discount coupon from the library, then reserve timed tickets in advance on the ICA’s website, selecting the "Library Pass Discount" price option. Patrons can also call ICA Visitor Services at 617-478-3100 to process their order. Visitors must present both the library coupon and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk.
  • Information: Please visit the ICA’s Visitor Guidelines page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.


ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM

  • Type of pass: Paper coupon, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 4 people at $5 per person. 
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up their museum pass coupon from the library, then reserve timed tickets using the promo code on the back of the library coupon. For online ticket reservations, visit the ISG’s ticketing page, click “buy now”, and select the date printed on the museum pass and a time slot. For reservations made over the phone, patron must redeem the promo code through the box office at 617-278-5156. Visitors must present both the library coupon and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk. All reservations/ timed ticket entries must be redeemed at least 48 hours prior to visiting
  • Information: Please visit the ISG’s Know Before You Go page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.


JFK LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

  • Type of pass: E-ticket, emailed to patron.
  • Pricing: Reduced admission at $3 per person for up to 2 adults, seniors, college students, or youths. Children ages 12 and under receive free admission.
  • Reservations: Advanced reservations are required for museum visits. Patrons must first reserve an e-ticket from the library for admission to the JFK Library and Museum, then reserve a specific time-block through the JFK Library and Museum’s website. Visitors must present both the library e-ticket and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk.
  • Information: Please visit the Museum’s Plan Your Trip page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies or call (617) 514-1600.

MA AUDUBON

  • Type of pass: Paper coupon, pick up at Circulation desk
  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 4 people or 1 vehicle at $2 per person. 
  • Reservations: Patrons are then instructed to first reserve and pick up a discount coupon from the library, then bring the coupon to the sanctuary for free or discounted admission. For locations requiring timed ticketing, patrons will need to make a reservation for a scheduled time-block. Reservations are recommended for several days in advance to increase the likelihood that tickets will still be available for a certain date.
  • Information: Please visit MA Audubon’s COVID-19 Response page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.


MA STATE PARKS

  • Type of pass: Membership card, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Free parking for 1 car. Pass valid for multiple farms and sanctuaries, check the MA State Parks’ website or call specific park for specific tours, trails, and advisories.
  • Reservations: Patrons are then instructed to first reserve and pick up a membership card from the library, then bring the coupon to the sanctuary for free admission. 
  • Information: Please visit the MA State Parks COVID-19 Updates page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

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

  • Type of pass: Promo code, emailed to patron.
  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 2 people at $10 per person.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve an e-ticket through the library, then reserve a ticket for the same day and time-block through the MFA’s website. Visitors must present both the library e-ticket and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk.
     
    Instructions for online ticket reservations:
    The promo code needs to be applied at the start of your purchase. Make sure you are logged out prior to starting.
    1. Select the date of your visit.
    2. Select General Admission.
    3. Before selecting an entry time, enter the promo code provided by library confirmation email.
    4. Click to apply promo code.
    5. Select your entry time.
    6. Enter 1 or 2 next to Library Pass $10.00.
    7. Click on Add to Cart.
    8. Click on Go to Order Summary.
    9. Login to your account and complete your order.
  • Information: Please visit the MFA’s Tips for Visitors page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

  • Type of pass: Promo code, emailed to patron.
  • Pricing: Half-priced admission for up to 4 people, children under 3 are free.
  • Reservations: Patrons are then instructed to first reserve and pick up a membership card from the library, then call the museum to make a timed ticket reservation.
  • Instructions for timed ticket reservations:
    1. Call the Museum of Science at 617-723-2500 (daily, 9am – 5pm) to reserve timed tickets.
    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.
  • Information: Please visit the Museum of Science’s Visitor FAQ page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

  • Type of pass: Paper coupon, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Half-priced admission for up to 4 people.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up a discount coupon from the library, then bring the coupon to the box office to receive discounted admission. Advanced ticket reservations are recommended but not required, and discounted reservations may be made over the phone with the box office at 617-973-5200.
  • Information: Please visit the New England Aquarium’s Reopening page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.


PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

  • Type of pass: Promo code, emailed to patron.
  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 2 people at $12 per person.
  • Reservation: Patrons must first reserve an e-ticket from the library, then reserve a ticket for the same day and time-block through the PEM’s website or box office at 978-542-151. Visitors must present both the library e-ticket and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk.
  • Information: Please visit the Peabody Essex Museum’s Visit page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

SALEM WITCH MUSEUM

  • Type of pass: Membership card, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing:  Reduced admission for up to 6 people.
  • Reservation: Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up the membership card from the library, then reserve a ticket for the same day and time-block through the Salem Witch Museum’s website. Visitors must present both the library membership card and museum reservation confirmation, either printed or on a mobile device, to the admissions desk.
  •  Information: Please visit the museum’s Ticketing and COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

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.


TRUSTEES GO PASS

  • Type of pass: Paper coupon, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Free admission for up to 2 adults, children under 17 are free.
  • Reservation: Patrons must first reserve a coupon from the library, then reserve timed tickets. For information on destinations requiring a timed entry, view the list on the Trustees’ website.
  • Information: Please visit the Trustee’s Coronavirus Update page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.


USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM

  • Type of pass: E-ticket, emailed to patron.
  • Pricing: Free admission for up to 9 people. Pass only valid for the museum and not the ship.
  • Reservation: Patrons must reserve a museum pass through the library website, and will receive an email confirmation that doubles as their free admission ticket. There are no advance-sale tickets or timed ticket entries required for visiting the museum; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Information: Please visit the museum’s COVID-19 Reopening Page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

ZOO NEW ENGLAND

  • Type of pass: Paper coupon, pick up at Circulation desk.
  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 6 people at $9 per adult and $6 per child
  • Reservation: Patrons must first reserve and pick up their museum pass coupon from the library, then bring the coupon to the admission booth to receive their discount.
  • Information: Please visit the museum’s Tickets and Membership page for the most up-to-date information on visitor policies.

Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.