Museum Passes

Looking for fun? We offer free or discounted admission to the following museums and attractions in Massachusetts. Reserve a pass and see how much you can save just by using your library card.

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You may also call the Circulation Department at 617-972-6431 to reserve or cancel passes.

Important Information

  • You must pick up the museum pass from the library with the library card used for the reservation. Email confirmations are not valid for entry to a museum or park. 
  • Passes may be limited to general admission. Special exhibits or events may not be covered. Inquire about special exhibits by calling museum directly or visiting their individual web sites.
  • Call or check museum website for holiday closings. 
  • Patrons may lose museum pass borrowing privileges if a pass is lost or returned late more than twice in 6 months.
  • Patrons may borrow one museum pass per day.
  • The fine for a late pass is $10. On the first occurrence of a late or lost pass, the patron will be informed that a second late or lost pass in the next 6 months will result in revoked museum pass borrowing privileges for one year.
  • Patrons are responsible for the full replacement cost for a lost museum pass.

Please note that reservation instructions have changed. Read the following instructions for the museum you wish to visit thoroughly and completely before making your reservation.

Many museums are only admitting visitors through timed, pre-scheduled entry through their own websites or box offices. You are responsible for checking their ticketing procedure to make sure you have reserved a spot with the museum on the day you use a library museum pass. The library-provided passes are for discounted admission only, and do not act as an actual admission ticket unless otherwise specified by the museum. 

Museum Passes Offered


DISCOVERY MUSEUM.

  • Pricing: Half-price admission for up to 3 people at $7.75 per person. 
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up a discount pass from the library, then reserve a ticket for a specific day and time-block through the Discovery Museum's website or over the phone at 978-264-4200. All reservations must be made prior to visiting the museum, no on-site ticket reservations will be available. To apply the museum pass discount, bring the museum pass to the box office and museum staff will discount your admission accordingly.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the Discovery Museum’s Plan Your Visit page.
  • Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to one of our on-site book drops before the library opens the next day.

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 2 people at $5 per person.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up a discount coupon from the library, then bring the coupon to the box office for discounted admission. Library discount cannot be applied to online ticket reservations. We recommend calling the museum's box office at 617-478-3103 to check their capacity for the day. 
  • Information: For more information, please visit the ICA’s Visitor Guidelines page.
  • Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM

  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 4 people at $5 per person. 
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up their museum pass coupon from the library, then reserve timed tickets through the ISG website or box office by using the promo code provided by the library. All reservations/ timed ticket entries must be redeemed at least 48 hours prior to visiting. Patrons will either receive an email confirmation of their reservation with the promo code attached, or must call the Circulation Desk for the promo code. The promo code can only be redeemed for the day that has been reserved.
  • For online ticket reservations, visit the ISG’s ticketing page, click “buy now” and select the date printed on the museum pass and a time slot. For reservations made over the phone, patron must redeem the promo code through the Box office at 617-278-5156. Patrons must bring library coupon and printed museum tickets to the box office.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the ISG’s Know Before You Go page.
  • Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library

MA AUDOBON

  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 4 people or 1 vehicle at $2 per person. 
  • Reservations: Patrons must check MA Audobon's website’s before planning a visit. Patrons are then instructed to first reserve and pick up a discount coupon from the library, then bring the coupon to the sanctuary for free or discounted admission. For locations requiring timed ticketing, patrons will need to make a reservation for a scheduled time-block. Reservations are recommended for several days in advance to increase the likelihood that tickets will still be available for a certain date.
  • Information: For more information, please visit MA Audobon’s COVID-19 Response page.
  • Paper coupons may be picked up 7 days in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library