Boston Museum Free Days

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Museums in Boston are a great place to spend a few hours in the city. Several museums offer free admission on certain days. Here’s a roundup of free museum days in Boston, followed by some info on other museums, including a few ways to get discount tickets on other days.

Boston Museum Free Days

Free Sundays
MIT Museum – 10am – n00n

Free Wednesdays
Fuller Craft Museum – 5-9pm

Free Thursdays
Institute of Contemporary Art - 5-9pm

Free Fridays
MIT Museum – 2nd Friday, 5-8pm (Discount available with the Go Boston Card)

Free Saturdays
Institute of Contemporary Art – last Saturday, except December (Discount available with the Go Boston Card)

Free for MA State Residents
Harvard Art Musuem – Sat 10am-12noon

Always Free Admission

Art Complex Museum
Boston University Art Gallery
Davis Museum
Museum of Bad Art


Boston has no shortage of cultural enjoyment, even when it’s not free. Here’s a list of popular museums, aquariums and attractions in the area. Keep in mind, Some of the city attraction cards and passes include big discounts on some of these venues (noted below), and you can choose as few as two museums or attractions (see Go Select Card below) to save at least 30 percent on both or all.


  • Go Select Boston: Choose any two or more attractions to visit from 34 Boston attractions, including New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Boston Duck Tours, a Weekend Brunch Cruise, Boston Harbor Segway Adventure, and more.
  • Go Boston Card: Unlimited free admission to more than 70 museums, tours and attractions, including Boston Duck Tour; 2-day trolley pass; whale watch cruise; New England Aquarium; museums; theme parks; 20% at shops and restaurants. (Same source as the Go Boston Select card above.)
  • Boston CityPASS: SAVE 48% with Boston CityPASS — includes New England Aquarium; Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Museum of Science; Skywalk Observatory; Harvard Museum of Natural History OR John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Boston Area Museums and Attractions

  • The Art Complex Museum {Always Free} — 189 Alden St, Duxbury, MA 02331 (30 miles south of Boston).
  • Boston Children’s Museum — 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210. Located on Children’s Wharf. Offers $1 admission – Friday nights from 5pm-9pm. FREE admission for children 12 and under Mon-Thu, Sat 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-9pm. Discounted parking info on museum website.
  • Boston University Art Gallery {Always Free} — 855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.
  • Davis Museum and Cultural Center {Always Free} — 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481. Located at Wellesley College. Savvy tip: There is a café, Collins Café, on campus, open from 10am-5pm.
  • Fuller Craft Museum — 455 Oak St, Brockton, MA 02301. FREE for children under 12. Free admission for active-duty military personnel and their families during the summer months.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art {Discounts: Go Boston & Go Select} — 100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA. FREE tours on Thursday 6pm – Architecture Tour, 7pm – Contemporary Sculpture. Sat/Sun 1 pm – Architecture Tour, 7pm Contemporary Sculpture.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. FREE admission to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for guest 17 and under, also for people named Isabella. The Gardner will be closed temporarily until Jan. 18, 2012.
  • Harvard Art Museum — 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138. Savvy tip: College students with valid ID – $6,  Children under 18 – Free
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History {Discounts: Go Boston CityPASS} — 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138.
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum {special offer 1 child free w/adult ticket; also included with Boston CityPASS} — 220 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125. FREE parking.
  • MIT Museum {Discounts: Go Boston & Go Select} — Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139. Savvy tip: Admission to Compton and Hart Galleries is always free Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
  • Museum of Bad Art {Always Free} — MOBA Dedham Community Theatre, 580 High St in Dedham Square, Dedham, MA 02026. MOBA Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville MA 02144. MOBA Brookline Gallery, 46 Tappan St, Top Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston {Various Free Days} {Discounts: Go Boston CityPASS} — Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115. Youths 7-17 Free Admission weekdays after 3pm, weekends, and Boston public school holidays, under 7 always Free.
  • Museum of Science Boston {Discounts: Go Boston CityPASS} — 1 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114.
  • New England Aquarium {5% off Coupon Code BNNA5} {Discounts: Go Boston CityPASS} 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110.
  • Skywalk Observatory {Discounts: Go Boston CityPASS} — The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St #50 Boston, MA 02199.