Museum Passes

Due to the temporary closure of museums and institutions throughout the Boston area, WFPL is not able to offer museum passes at this time. Updated April 14, 2020

Visiting Museums from Home

Interior of Boston Children's Museum, main entrance.

It’s easy to feel like we are missing out on exploring our area’s wealth of art, music, and community while the library’s museum pass program is temporarily unavailable. But luckily, cultural institutions worldwide have provided an unprecedented amount of virtual access in response to COVID-19 closures. 

Many of our local institutions have also followed suit in allowing digital access to galleries, concerts, science panels, and so much more. Plus, we now have the ability to explore places we’d never be able to get to on a local day pass! Here are some of our favorite places to explore while staying safe at home.

Local virtual access

Local virtual access within WFPL’s museum pass offerings:

Local virtual offerings outside of museum pass program:

Music & Theatre

History Museums

  • Museum of African American History: Check out some digital exhibits and video presentations.
  • Massachusetts State House: Admire architecture and history on a virtual tour of all three floors of the State House.
  • Armenian Museum: Check out the museum’s virtual collection, from coins to ceramics to illuminated manuscripts all online.
  • Museum of Bad Art: For a much-needed laugh, peruse the cringe-inducing collection of Somerville’s own Museum of Bad Art.
  • Yiddish Book Center: Browse through an extensive collection of digital Yiddish books, archival recordings, Yiddish audiobooks, oral histories, and children’s literature.

Worldwide Virtual Access

Check out famous art institutions:

Enrich yourself with some science:

Explore the world from the comfort of your couch:

  • Using Google Earth, you can see incredible sights like the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, or for everyone who loved the Kedi documentary- Cat Island in Japan! 
  • Using Google Street View, you can still go on that cancelled trip, or explore an unknown city. Try playing a game where you type in the airport you would have landed in, and navigate to your hotel by moving up and down various streets. What do you find along your way?

Need a little music?

  • The Met Opera streams a production every night at 7:30, and you can still access the videos 20 hours after.
  • Discover your new favorite performer with this comprehensive list of festival, concert, and performance live streams.

If you’re missing the great outdoors, check out some of these virtual adventures. You can even set up a camping tent in your living room!

  • Yellowstone National Park is offering virtual tours of some of their main attractions.
  • The Nature Conservancy is hosting a few 45-minute long field trips! Explore coral reefs, learn about renewable energy, and take in the sights and sounds of Borneo’s rainforest.

Tune in to some live videos at zoos across the country:

  • Learn how to relax and unwind from the pros with the Panda Cam from the Atlanta Zoo.
  • Watch penguins dive and swim with the Penguin Cam from the San Diego Zoo.
  • Check in on gorillas, elephants, or giraffes at the Houston Zoo.
  • Watch beluga whales swim on by with the Beluga Cam from the Georgia Aquarium.
  • Where’s…. Wellington? Check out this adorable penguin exploring exhibits and making some new friends at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.