Summer vacation is finally here. While the library offers plenty of fun summer programming for every generation, we also provide you with plenty of museum passes to local museums and parks. With your library card (and some planning), you can visit some of Massachusetts' best attractions for half-price or even free admission—check out our suggestions:
For the intrepid outdoor explorer, why not reserve a Mass Audobon pass to hike through one of the many wildlife sanctuaries in Massachusetts? It’s prime bird-watching season, and you can even download a bird checklist before your trip to keep track of what birds you see in the parks! Mass Audobon has partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to create eBird, an online portal where you can track and submit birds you’ve seen in wildlife parks in Massachusetts. With a few easy steps, you can create an account and send in your bird checklist to help scientists compile crucial data for bird conservation.
For the art buff, we’ve got plenty to offer! The Museum of Fine Arts is showing the largest collection of Boticelli paintings in the US only through July, so check it out while you can! If you’re interested in local art and artists, the Institute of Contemporary Art is displaying a collection of multimedia art from winners of the 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize. Harvard Art Museums has created a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a collection in their Lightbox Gallery that’s only available through the end of June. And if you’re like me, you’re counting down the days until August when the Peabody Essex Museum will unveil their “It’s Alive!” Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection. All of our art museum passes admit two, so if you’re looking to take yourself (and someone else) on a date, look no further!
For the inquisitive scientist, the Museum of Science is one of our most popular museum passes, so you’ll want to reserve that one far ahead in advance for your (air-conditioned) pursuits of knowledge! Both zoos included in our Zoo New England pass are conveniently located by two beautiful nature reserves; the Franklin Park Zoo is a few blocks from the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, and Stone Zoo is actually located within the Middlesex Fells reservation in Malden.
If you’re still looking for some history lessons to impress your teachers in the fall, we offer passes to the JFK Library and Museum, Salem Witch Museum, Orchard House, and USS Constitution Museum. Or if you have too much energy to focus in the classroom, we always have the ever-popular Launch and Inside Playground passes as well.
View all of our offerings and reserve a pass online at watertownlib.org/museumpasses or contact the Circulation desk at 617.972.6431.
Let us know what your favorite museums, parks, and attractions are. We love feedback about your fun summertime activities and hope we can help you save some money and get the most out of your summer vacation.