“Free Fun Fridays!” lineup just announced! Free admission to MA museums throughout the summer!

This summer, 80+ museums and other cultural institutions in Boston and Massachusetts will offer free admission for Free Fun Fridays hosted by the Highland Street Foundation. And these trips don’t have to break the budget! Many of the locations on the list have on-site or nearby grassy areas to host a fun family picnic or rest under the summer sun.

Here’s the 2018 Free Fridays lineup!

Click here for more info on the daily lineup!

June 29, 2018

Lyric Stage Company of Boston
MIT Museum
Berkshire Theatre Group
Nantucket Whaling Museum
The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home
Concord Museum
Worcester Art Museum
Clark Art Institute
Children’s Museum in Easton
Edward Gorey House

July 6, 2018

Boston Children’s Museum
Peabody Essex Museum
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Battleship Cove
Amelia Park Children’s Museum
Gore Place
Falmouth Museums on the Green
Hancock Shaker Village
Pilgrim Hall Museum
New England Quilt Museum

July 13, 2018
Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Charles River Watershed Association
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
Chesterwood
The Telephone Museum
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum
The Sports Museum
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
International Volleyball Hall of Fame
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Cente
July 20, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gloucester Stage Company
The Gardens at Elm Bank (Mass Hort)
Chatham Shark Center
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
Springfield Museums
Discovery Museum
The Hall at Patriot Place
July 27, 2018
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
JFK Hyannis Museum
Fitchburg Art Museum
Old Colony History Museum
Boston Athenæum
Sandwich Glass Museum
Arnold Arboretum
Museum of Russian Icon
August 3, 2018
Franklin Park Zoo
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River
Davis Museum at Wellesley College
Naumkeag, The Trustees
Worcester Historical Museum
Osterville Historical Museum
Historic Deerfield
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Paragon Carousel
August 10, 2018
Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Jacob’s Pillow
Cahoon Museum of American Art
Nichols House Museum
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
Wenham Museum
Fuller Craft Museum
The Greenway Carousel
Freedom Trail® Foundation
August 17, 2018

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Plimoth PlantationCommonwealth Museum
Lynn Museum
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Fort Devens Museum
Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees
Old State House
Berkshire Museum
Museum of the First Corps of Cadets

August 24, 2018

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Buttonwood Park Zoo
MASS MoCA
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Smith College Museum of Art
The Old Manse, The Trustees
Emily Dickinson Museum
Hull Lifesaving Museum
Museum of African American History

August 31, 2018

Old Sturbridge Village
EcoTarium
Norman Rockwell Museum
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
USS Constitution Museum
Cape Ann Museum
Griffin Museum of Photography
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mappariu

12 Responses

  1. Jennifer

    It would be great if admission was free to all these places every Friday throughout the summer so families don’t have to pick and choose between places that are free the same day but opposite ends of the spectrum or state for that matter.

    1. Julia

      Agreed! So glad it’s free but it’s hard to choose when three good ones are offered. Hmm do I drive to Worcester, cape cod or cape Ann? Or Springfield?

  2. Ginny Allan

    A friend and I arrived in Salem early today. We managed to go to the Peabody Essex Museum first. It always amazes me how many wonderful exhibits they have. Lots of folks enjoying our free visits. The staff was fabulous and very available. We had a number of questions during our visit. A staff person or volunteer would get the information. In some cases they found just the person who was an expert.

    Such a fabulous idea!! We later walked to the House of Seven Gables. Not a long walk and a perfectly gorgeous day to enjoy the waterfront along the way. We should have been there earlier as there was a wait for the guided tour. The grounds were beautiful and it was delightful sitting on the patio for a while. We walked back to see the 3 houses associated with The Peabody. Great knowledgeable volunteers were great at helping us imagine the lives of those who lived there!!

    Thank you to all who worked so hard to arrange these events!! Looking forward to next Friday!!

  3. William Woodward

    Terrific opportunity for those who cannot afford cultural sites. Other countries offer it for free. Hope folks can get some Fridays off.

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