Boston Museums & Attractions

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. You’ll the master museum list and how to get deals further down the page.

BOSTON MUSEUM FREE ADMISSION

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 {Discounts: Go Boston & Go Select}

Free Saturdays
Institute of Contemporary Art – last Saturday, except December {Discounts: Go Boston & Go Select}

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 MUSEUM DISCOUNTS

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.

Boston Attraction Passes

  • 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.

New England Aquarium PenguinFeatured in BostonNew England Aquarium — You can save on each ticket from this online ticket source plus an extra 5% off with Coupon Code BNNA5 (and no fees added). Discounts: the N.E. Aquarium is also included with a BGo Boston Card, Go Select, Boston CityPASS. Through Boston Public Library, you can get a free pass from September to June (for up to 4 people) with advanced reservation and library card. People in wheelchairs or with visual impairments get in free. Located at: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110. Located at 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110.


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 {Free Thurs. nights 5-9pm} {Discounts: Go Boston & Go Select} — 100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA. Free for families (up to 2 adults with children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of every month (except December). Free tours on Thursdays (check schedule). Youths 17 and younger get in free. Military get free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day via the Blue Star Museums program.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. Free admission to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for youths 18 and under. Free for people named Isabella. Free admission on your birthday. Get $2 off at the door if you visit again within. Get $2 off at the door when you wear Red Sox gear. College students get free admission via participating universities, or can get $5 admission with current college ID. Always free admission for military families (with ID). Boston Public Library members can get a pass for $5 with advance reservations.(up to 4 people on weekdays, 2 people on weekends and holidays).
  • 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: 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 with Go Select, Go Boston, Boston CityPASS} — Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115. Free Days: January 19, 2015, February 21, 2015, and May 25, 2015. Youth 17 and under get in free after 3pm weekdays, weekends, and school holidays. Free admission for College Students from participating universities. If you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card, you can get in free on the first full weekend of every month via the Museums on Us program. (only the cardholder gets in free). Mass Teachers can get $2 off admission with MTA card. Via the Blue Star Musuems program, active-duty military, National Guard, and reserve military and their families from get in free from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Boston Public Library program offers $10 tickets for up to two people, but check with the library and reserve in advance. Youths 7-17 get free admission on weekdays after 3pm, weekends, and Boston public school holidays. Kids under 7 always get in free.
  • Museum of Science Boston {Discounts: Go Boston, Go Select, Boston CityPASS} — 1 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114. If you reserve in advance at the the Boston Public Library, you can get a free pass for up to four people.
  • New England Aquarium {5% off Coupon Code BNNA5} {Discounts: Go Boston, Go Select, Boston CityPASS}. Through Boston Public Library, you can get a free pass from September to June (for up to 4 people) with advanced reservation and library card. People in wheelchairs or with visual impairments get in free. Located at: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110.
  • Skywalk Observatory {Discounts: Boston CityPASS} — The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St #50 Boston, MA 02199.