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Free for the Summer Museum Visits

Take a day trip from the North Shore to visit these museums for free this summer. Some are free every day, other on certain days, and one requires a pass from the library.

Summer is a great time to experience new places.  With this guide you can find places to visit that are always free or sometimes free. 

Massachusetts has opportunities to explore the history of our nation. Thanks to the National Park Service visits to the historical sites listed below are always free. If you’ll be visiting with kids, check out the Junior Ranger programs on-line before you go. 

If you would like to learn a little about Massachusetts, The Commonwealth Museum (next to the Kennedy Library) provides free admission including an exhibit on the archeology of the Big Dig.  Visits to the Massachusetts State House are also free but require a reservation.  Visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth website for details.

are continuing at museums throughout Massachusetts sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, but many museums offer free admission on days other than Friday.     

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art offers free admission for everyone on Thursdays evenings from 5-9pm and on the last Saturday of the month for families with children under 12. 
  • The Harvard Museum of Natural History welcomes visitors with a Massachusetts ID for free Sunday mornings from 9am to noon.  This museum is also part of Museums on Us and will be free to Bank of America cardholders on August 4 and 5. 
  • The MIT Museum offers free admission on Sunday mornings from 10am-noon and the second Friday of each month.
  • The Scottish Rite Freemasons offer free admission to The National Heritage Museum everyday.
  • The Wenham Museum offers free admission to active duty military families through the Blue Star Museums program from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Thanks to the Friends of The Hamilton-Wenham Library passes are available for free or reduced admission to many area museums and attractions.  Reserve these passes online at Hwlibrary.org or by calling the library.  Check with your town for passes available.  Here is the list of passes that offer free admission.

Do you have a favorite tip on free admission to a local museum or attraction?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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Michelle Bailey August 03, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Add the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA to this list. In August, admission is free on Fridays from 4:30-8:30. Donations for the Acton Food Pantry are being accepted at the door. http://discoverymuseums.org/

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