Museum Passes

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Boston Children’s Museum

Boston Children’s Museum

308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
617-426-6500   http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/
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Founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau, the Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest children’s museum in the world and one of the few that maintain a collection. Designed for both children and families, the Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, emphasizing hands-on engagement and learning through experience, and employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children.

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Categories: Children, Crafts, Family, Technology

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to 4 people at half price. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $17; Children aged 1-15, $17; Children under 12 months, free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at the reference desk as early as 6 days before the day of use, and need not be returned.

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Concord Museum

Concord Museum

200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742
978-369-9763   http://www.concordmuseum.org/
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Founded in 1886, the Concord Museum is a repository of local history and a gateway to the town of Concord. It educates visitors from around the world about the history of Concord and its continuing influence on American political, literary and cultural life through permanent and changing exhibits, educational programs and publications. Its collection contains a range of unique items from the area, including a Paul Revere lantern; many objects that once belonged to Henry David Thoreau; a reproduction of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study; and furniture, artwork, and objects from the colonial era on.

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Categories: Family, History

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to four people at $5 off each. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $10; Seniors $8, Students, $8; Children over age 5, $5; Children aged 5 and under and Active Military, free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at least one day before the date of use and must be returned to the library before library opens on its next scheduled day.

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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-8355   http://www.decordova.org/
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Established in 1950, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England, encompassing 30 acres in Lincoln, MA, 20 miles west of Boston. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming.

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Categories: Art, Family

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to 4 people at $5.00/person. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $14; Seniors 65+, $12; Students, $10; Children aged 12 and under, free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at least one day before the date of use and must be returned to the library before library opens on its next scheduled day.

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The Discovery Museum

The Discovery Museum

177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
978-264-4200   http://www.discoveryacton.org/
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The Discovery Museum, located on a 4-acre campus, is aimed at providing an environment in which play becomes a conduit for learning about science, technology, and nature. The museum’s building contains a number of galleries dedicated to teaching scientific concepts in a fun, hands-on environment, as well as themed play spaces for younger visitors. Outdoors, Discovery Woods includes a nature playscape with a cargo net climb, nest swing and beaver lodges, as well as a treehouse with an observation deck and a bouncy bridge. There are opportunities to practice orienteering with provided maps and instructions on trails on the property. A museum shop is on the premises. The museum building is fully ADA compliant, with exhibits based on Universal Design principles.

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Categories: Children, Family, Science

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 3 people to both museums at half price per person (Regular admission prices: Adult, $14.50; Senior, $13.50; Kids $14.50, Kids under 1, free; teachers, free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at least one day before the date of use and must be returned to the library before library opens on its next scheduled day.

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EcoTarium

EcoTarium

222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604
508-929-2700   http://www.ecotarium.org/
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The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum in Worcester, MA. Set in an urban oasis, the museum offers a chance to walk through the treetops, take a multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, and get hands-on with family-friendly exhibits.

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Categories: Children, Family, Nature, Science

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to 2 adults and 2 children in one vehicle at half price. Kids under 2 are free. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $18; Children/Youth aged 2-18, $14; Children under 2, free; Senior Citizens 65+, $14; College Students with ID, $14; Active military personnel and military spouses with ID receive 2 for 1 admission.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at the reference desk as early as 6 days before the day of use, and need not be returned.

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Garden in the Woods (New England Wild Flower Society)

Garden in the Woods (New England Wild Flower Society)

180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701
508-877-7630   http://www.newfs.org/visit/Garden-in-the-Woods/
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Garden in the Woods displays rare and common native New England plants in a naturalistic setting at its location in Framingham, Massachusetts, attracting visitors from all over the world. Set on 45 acres, it includes two miles of paths that meander over glacier-sculpted ridges and through narrow valleys. A pond, a wooded bog, several springs, and a brook bring a diversity of wildlife into the garden. The garden is maintained by the New England Wild Flower Society, which works throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and bank seeds for biological diversity, control invasive species, conduct research, and educate the public.

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Categories: Family, Nature

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 4 people at $6 each for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $1 for youth 3-17. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $12; Seniors 65+, $9; Youths aged 3-17, $6; Children under 3, free; Active military personnel and military spouses with valid military ID,free. Veterans receive 50 percent discount with proof of service.  Children under 3 are free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at least one day before the date of use and must be returned to the library before library opens on its next scheduled day.

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Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-9400   http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/
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The Harvard Art Museums include three different institutions, all located near each other on the Cambridge campus of the university. The Fogg Museum’s holdings include Western paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings dating from the Middle Ages to the present. The Busch-Reisinger Museum contains Austrian Secession art, German expressionism, 1920s abstraction, and materials related to the Bauhaus, as well as late-medieval sculpture, eighteenth-century art, and noteworthy postwar and contemporary art from German-speaking Europe. The Arthur M. Sackler Museum is dedicated to works from Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.

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Categories: Art, Family, History

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to two adults for free. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $15; Seniors 65+, $13; .00 per person for seniors (65+); Non-Harvard students, $10;  Youth under 18, free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at least one day before the date of use and must be returned to the library before library opens on its next scheduled day.

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Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210
617-478-3100   https://www.icaboston.org/
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The building that houses the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on Fan Pier is the first in the US designed by the architectural firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The museum was founded in 1936 as a sister institution to New York’s MoMA, though it had no permanent collection until starting one after moving into the new building on the waterfront in 2006. In addition to the collection, changing exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming are offered throughout the year.

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Categories: Art, Family, Music, Dance

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 2 people at $5.00 each. (Regular admission prices: General Admission, $15; Seniors: $13; Students: $10; Youth 17 and under,  free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at the reference desk as early as 6 days before the day of use, and need not be returned.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
617-566-1401   http://www.gardnermuseum.org/home/
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The Gardner Museum houses the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a local patron of the arts who died in 1924, in a building she commissioned to look like a 15th century Venetian palazzo. The center of the original building showcases courtyard plantings that reflect the seasons as they evolve throughout the year. In addition to her collection, which remains displayed exactly she arranged it per her will, there are changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events, and an artist-in-residence program. In 2012, the museum opened an addition designed by Renzo Piano that houses a space for their concert series.

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Categories: Art, Family, Music

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass allows general admission for 4 people at $5.00 each. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $15; Seniors 65+, $12; College Students with ID, $5; Kids 17 and under, free; people named "Isabella," free; Military personnel and families, free; Free on your birthday with valid ID.

Please note that there is no time restriction when using weekend passes.  While the Museum requires timed reservations through their website, patrons using the library museum pass system are not restricted by time slots.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at the reference desk as early as 6 days before the day of use, and need not be returned.

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John F. Kennedy Library & Museum

John F. Kennedy Library & Museum

Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
617-514-1600   https://www.jfklibrary.org/
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The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated to the memory of the nation’s thirty-fifth president, is located on a ten-acre park which overlooks the sea in an building designed by I.M. Pei. The Museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President, all through permanent and changing exhibits. The Library is available to students and scholars to conduct research using its collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of the institution’s namesake.

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Categories: Family, Governance, History

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 2 people at $3.00 each.  (Regular admission prices: Adults, $14;  Seniors 62+, $12; College Students with ID, $12' Youth/Teens 13-17, $10; US Armed Forces Veterans. $10; Children 12 and under, free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at least one day before the date of use and must be returned to the library before library opens on its next scheduled day.

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Lowell Spinners

Lowell Spinners

LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken St., Lowell, MA 01854
978-459-2255   http://www.lowellspinners.com/
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The Lowell Spinners are a Minor League Baseball team affiliated with the Boston Red Sox. The season typically starts in June and ends in September. Hometown games are played at LeLacheur Park, situated on the banks of the Merrimac River in Lowell, MA.

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Categories: Children, Family, Sports

Pass Benefits

There is one pass available for each eligible date, which includes most home games. The pass entitles the bearer to purchase up to six tickets at half price. The Pass must be exchanged at Spinners Box Office on the day of game or in advance.

For schedule and other info, please visit http://www.lowellspinners.com/

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Massachusetts State Parks (Department of Conservation and Recreation)

Massachusetts State Parks (Department of Conservation and Recreation)

251 Causeway Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114-2104
617-626-1250   http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/
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The Massachusetts State Parks have locations in all regions of the Commonwealth, from Pittsfield to Boston, and from Gloucester to Provincetown. They include beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs, each with its own unique activities and amenities like hiking, biking, swimming and boating, camping, and more.

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Categories: Children, Family, Nature, Recreation

Pass Benefits

 Each pass permits unlimited day-use parking access to state park facilities within the DCR that charge a parking fee.

This pass may be picked up at least one day before the date of use and must be returned to the library before library opens on its next scheduled day.

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Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
617-267-9300   http://www.mfa.org/
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The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in existence since July 4, 1876, is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of almost 500,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary painting, sculpture and video. In addition, there are always special exhibitions on view, opportunities to take advantage of educational programs—some right in the galleries—and a contemplative Japanese garden.

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Categories: Art, Family, History

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass allows general admission for 2 people at $10.00 each. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $25; Seniors 65+, $23; Children ages 6 and under, free;  youths ages 7–17, admission is free during weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston public school holidays -  otherwise admission for youths is $10 ; Students over 18 in University Membership program, free; Other Students over 18, $23.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at the reference desk as early as 6 days before the day of use, and need not be returned. *For youths ages 7–17, admission is free during weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston public school holidays; otherwise admission for youths is $10.

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Museum of Science

Museum of Science

1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
617-723-2500   http://www.mos.org/
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The Museum of Science in Boston is located on a piece of land that extends the width of the Charles River, connecting Boston and Cambridge. Dedicated to promoting and educating visitors about science and technology, the museum includes a planetarium, the world’s largest open-air Van de Graaff generator, an IMAX theatre, a butterfly garden, and permanent and changing exhibits on birds, insects and animals; space; dinosaurs; engineering; nanotechnology; math; biology; and more.

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Categories: Children, Family, History, Nature, Science, Technology, Sky

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 4 people at $10.00 each. (Regular admission prices: Adults 12+, $25; Seniors 60+; $21; Children aged 3-11, $20; Children under 3, free.)  The pass does not cover the Omni Theater, the planetarium, or special exhibits.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at the reference desk as early as 6 days before the day of use, and need not be returned.

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New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
617-973-5200   http://www.neaq.org/
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The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from the giant Pacific octopus to Northern fur seals to little blue penguins. They offer a wide range of exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals. In addition, they have an IMAX theatre and run whale watch boat excursions in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises from April through November.

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Categories: Children, Family, Nature, Science, Ocean

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass provides general admission for up to 4 people at $10.00 each. (Regular admission prices: Adults,  $27.95; Children aged 3-11, $18.95; Seniors 60+,$25.95; Children under 3, free.) Passes are not valid in July or August.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at the reference desk as early as 6 days before the day of use, and need not be returned.

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Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3783
978-745-9500   http://www.pem.org/
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The Peabody Essex Museum grew out of the collection of East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains whose charter called for acquisition of “natural and artificial curiosities.” Its permanent collection contains art and artifacts of Africa, Asia, India, China (with a Qing Dynasty house brought from the Huizhou region), Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands, and features objects of maritime art and history that include paintings, drawings, ship models, marine decorative arts, tools, weapons, navigational instruments, and ship and yacht plans. It also has a thriving changing exhibition schedule that sometimes includes important traveling shows.

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Categories: Art, Family, History, Ocean

Pass Benefits

The pass admits 2 adults for $6.00 each on Monday through Friday and 2 adults for $12.00 each on Saturday and Sunday for general admission only.  (Regular admission prices: Adults, $20; Seniors $18; Students with ID, $12, Youth 16 and under and Salem, Mass. residents (with valid ID), free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at the reference desk as early as 6 days before the day of use, and need not be returned.

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505-0598
508-869-6111   http://www.towerhillbg.org/
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Located in Boylston, MA, and open year-round, the Tower Hill Botanic Garden features carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, with a number of trails that traverse the 132-acre property. In addition, there are many programs and events, including classes, lectures, art exhibits and concerts. The Garden is run by the Worcester County Horticultural Society, the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States.

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Categories: Art, Crafts, Family, Nature

Pass Benefits

The pass admits 2 people at half price. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $15; Seniors 65+, $10;  Youth aged 6–18, $5; Massachusetts EBT Cardholders,  $2; Children 5 and under, free; Military Personnel, Veterans, and Military Families: 20% off general admission year-round with a valid Military ID or Dependent ID).

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at least one day before the date of use and must be returned to the library before library opens on its next scheduled day.

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Zoo New England

Zoo New England

1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121
617-541-5466   http://www.zoonewengland.org/
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Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo, a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, and the Stone Zoo, located on a 26-acre site near Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. In addition to animals, both zoos are engaged in wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.

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Categories: Family, Zoo

Pass Benefits

Pass admits 6 people at $9 for adults and $6 for children to Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo. (Regular admission prices at Franklin Park Zoo: Adults, $19.95;  Seniors 62+, $16.95; Children aged 2-12, $13.95; Children under 2: free. Regular admission prices at Stone Zoo: Adults, $16.95;  Seniors 62+, $14.95; Children aged 2-12, $11.95; Children under 2: free.)

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This pass may be picked up at the reference desk as early as 6 days before the day of use, and need not be returned.

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