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 other specified by the museum—you must schedule admission directly with the museum ahead of your reservation date.

Museum Passes Offered


BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

  • Pricing: Half-priced admission for up to 4 people at $9 per person.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve an e-ticket through the library, then reserve the same day and time-block through the Boston Children’s Museum website. Click on “Discount Programs” then “Half-Priced Library Timed Ticket” to book a time slot. Patrons must either print their ticket or display the ticket on their phone at the counter. The date on the library discount coupon must match the date of the patron's visit.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the Boston Children Museum's Reopening page or contact orders@bostonchildrensmuseum.org with any questions.

BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS

  • Pricing: Reduced, 2-for-1 admission for up to 4 people. Available seasonally from June- early September.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to make a reservation through the library, then use the promo code in their confirmation email to purchase discounted tickets online through the Boston Harbor Islands website.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the Boston Harbor Island’s Know Before You Go page or contact the box office at 617-227-4321.

DISCOVERY MUSEUM

  • Pricing: Half-priced 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 the same day and time-block through the Discovery Museum's website or over the phone at 978-264-4200. All reservations are recommended to be made prior to visiting the museum, on-site tickets will be available if museum has not reached capacity. 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 before the next day.

GARDEN IN THE WOODS / NATIVE PLANT TRUST

Pricing: Half-price admission for up to 2 adults. $1 admission for up to 2 children aged 5-17. Available seasonally from April- October, including holidays. Regular admission: $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for children, and children under 3 are free.

Reservations: Advanced reservations are not required for Garden in the Woods.

Information: For more information, please visit Native Plant Trust’s website.

Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned to the circulation desk or 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 reserve timed tickets in advance on the ICA's website, selecting the "Library Pass Discount" price option. Patrons can also call ICA Visitor Services at 617-478-3100 to process their order, or present their passes to the Visitor Services desk to purchase their discounted tickets on site. Visitors must present their e-ticket along with their paper library pass when checking in at the museum. Purchases made on the ICA website or over the phone incur a $4 service fee per ticket. Advanced tickets are recommended, day-of admission is not guaranteed.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the ICA’s Visitor Guidelines page.
  • Paper coupons may be picked up a month 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 for the same day by using the promo code on the back of their library coupon. All reservations/ timed ticket entries must be redeemed at least 48 hours prior to visiting. 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 a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

MA AUDUBON

  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 4 people or 1 vehicle at $2 per person. 
  • Reservations: Patrons must check MA Audubon'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 Audubon’s COVID-19 Response page.
  • Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need
     to be returned to the library.

MA STATE PARKS

  • Pricing: Free parking for 1 car. Pass valid for multiple farms and sanctuaries, check website or call for specific tours, trails, advisories, and special events.
  • Reservations: Patrons must reserve a membership card from the library, then pick up the membership card the day before or the day of the reservation date. Pass must be returned to the equipment table in the Watertown Savings Bank Room before the next day, to allow for quarantining and cleaning.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the MA State Parks COVID-19 Updates page.
  • Pass may only be picked up the day before or the day of the reservation date and must be returned before the next day.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 2 people at $10 per person.
  • Reservations: Patrons must first reserve an e-ticket from the library, then reserve timed tickets through the MFA website using the promo code provided on their emailed e-ticket. Patrons will receive an e-mail with their admission ticket(s) and need to present their ticket(s) when they arrive at the Museum, preferably on a phone or device, but tickets printed on paper are accepted. A physical library pass will not be used for admission.

    Instructions for online ticket reservations:
    The promo code needs to be applied at the start of your purchase. Make sure you are logged out prior to starting.
    1. Select the date of your visit.
    2. Select General Admission
    3. Before selecting an entry time, enter the Promo Code IP-1581075
    4. Click to apply promo code
    5. Select your entry time
    6. Enter 1 or 2 next to Library Pass $10.00
    7. Click on Add to Cart
    8. Click on Go to Order Summary
    9. Login to your account and complete your order.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the MFA’s Tips for Visitors page.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

  • Pricing: Up to 4 people are admitted at a 50% discount off of Exhibit Hall admission prices only with each pass and Children under 3 are always free but must have a timed ticket.
  • Reservations: Reserve a pass in the Watertown Free Public Library system for the date you plan to visit the Museum. Your email confirmation from the library serves as your pass but you must call the Museum to reserve a timed ticket once you have the confirmation from the Library.
    1. Call the Museum of Science at 617-723-2500 (daily, 9am – 5pm) to reserve your timed tickets.
    2. Please call at least 1-2 days ahead of time to reserve your time otherwise the Museum might be fully booked. Your pass can only be used on the date printed on the pass. You will need to provide the name of the library and library number (printed on your reservation) plus the date of your pass.
    3. After you make your reservation, the Museum will send you an email confirmation with your reservation time. Please bring both your library pass confirmation and your email confirmation from the Museum when you visit.
    4. Show both confirmations at the gate to enter.  You do not need to stop at the Box Office.
  • If you are not able to show your Library confirmation on a phone:
    1. Please request a paper copy of your confirmation at the library.
    2. Follow steps 1-3 above to reserve your timed ticket and request to pick up your tickets at the Box Office when you arrive.  Please write down your ticket confirmation number and bring that and your library confirmation with you to the Museum.
    3. Go to the Box Office and provide your name, name of the library and timed ticket confirmation number.  The Box Office will give you tickets.  Proceed to the gate with your tickets.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the Museum of Science’s Visitor FAQ.

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 4 people at 50% off visitor copayment per person.
  • Reservations: Patrons are instructed to first reserve and pick up a discount coupon from the library, then reserve a ticket for a specific day and time-block by calling the Reservations line in advance at (617) 973-5206 or in person at the ticket booth. Library discount cannot be applied to online ticket reservations.
  • Information: For more information, please visit New England Aquarium’s Reopening page.
  • Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 2 people at $12 per person.
  • Reservation: Patrons must first reserve an e-ticket from the library, then reserve timed tickets through the PEM website or box office at 978-542-1511 by using the promo code provided by the library coupon. Patrons will either receive an email confirmation of their reservation with the promo code attached, or they must call the Circulation Desk for the promo code. The promo code can only be redeemed for the same day as the library e-ticket
  • Patrons must show tickets emailed by the PEM for admission to the museum
  • Information: For more information, please visit PEM’s Your Health & Safety page

TRUSTEES GO PASS

  • Pricing: Free admission for up to 2 adults, children under 17 are free.
  • Reservation: Patrons must first reserve a coupon from the library, then reserve timed tickets only for museums and parks that require a timed entry by using the promo code on the back of the library coupon. For information on destinations requiring a timed entry, view the list on the Trustees' website. Patrons are advised to check that their destination is open on the day they wish to visit, and whether it requires a separate timed ticket entry.
  • Information: For more information on reopening and access to properties, please visit the Trustee’s Coronavirus Update page.
  • Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.

USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM

  • Pricing: Free admission for up to 9 people. Pass only valid for the museum and not the ship.
  • Reservation: Patrons must reserve a museum pass through the library website, and will receive an email confirmation that doubles as their free admission ticket. There are no advance-sale tickets or timed ticket entries required for visiting the museum; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the museum’s COVID-19 Reopening Page.

ZOO NEW ENGLAND

  • Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 6 people at $9 per adult and $6 per child
  • Reservation: Patrons must first reserve and pick up their museum pass coupon from the library, then reserve timed tickets through the Zoo New England website using the promo code on the paper coupon. Each paper coupon has a specific gift code that must be entered during checkout to apply the library discount. Please note that the Zoo currently has ticket fees, which the library discount does not include. Patrons will receive a confirmation email with a link to pull up tickets- and may either print tickets or display them on their phone at the Zoo for entry.
  • Information: For more information, please visit the Franklin Park Zoo Reopening FAQ or the Stone Zoo Reopening FAQ.
  • Paper coupons may be picked up a month in advance of the reservation date and do not need to be returned to the library.