6 Boston Museums That Offer Free Or Discounted Admission

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6 Boston Museums That Offer Free Or Discounted Admission

Spend less and experience more.

Boston is home to some truly impressive museums, but those admission fees can add up if you’re looking to experience them all. However, if you time your visit right, you can get free or discounted admission to 6 of Boston’s world-class museums.

1. The Museum of Fine Arts

Every Wednesday, the MFA offers general admission to its museum for $5 in person beginning at 3 pm. For their special exhibitions (like the Monet exhibit!), they also offer modified admission pricing (with a $5 minimum) offered in person and in advance during the 3 and 3:30 pm time slots each Wednesday. Check out their ticket page for more information on how to snag this deal.

Find it at 465 Huntington Ave in Boston. 

2. The Institute of Contemporary Art

At the ICA, youth 18 and under always receive free museum admission. Plus, every Thursday the museum offers free admission to everyone, which is available online at 10am on the day of the event. If you snag those tickets quickly, it’s an excellent weekday activity!

Find ICA at 100 Northern Ave in Boston.

3. Harvard Museum of Natural History

You can qualify for free admission at The Harvard Museum of Natural History if you have a current Harvard ID, you’re a Massachusetts teacher (K-12), or if you present an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

Plus, Massachusetts residents can get free admission every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (starting in September). You’ll have to provide proof of residency, but you’re free to explore the museums after that! Find more information here. 

Find it at 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge.

4. Peabody Museum Of Archaeology and Ethnology

The Peabody Museum is free for people with Harvard IDs (+1 guest). Similar to the Museum of Natural History, it’s also free for Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon.


Find it at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge.

5. Boston Children’s Museum

Boston Children’s Museum, dedicated to all things educational, offers $1 (almost free!) admission every Friday night from 5-9pm. While it’s not a typical Friday evening plan, it’d be loads of fun!

Find it at 308 Congress Street in Boston.

6. Harvard Art Museum

Harvard’s Art Museums offer free admission to all students with a valid ID and youth under 18 on Saturdays. It’s a great spot to get an art history education.

Find it at 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge.

7. Worcester Art Museum

The Worcester Art Museum offer free admission on the first Sunday of each month. With a new exhibit on the intersection of fashion and baseball, experiencing this museum is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Find it at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.

[featured image: mfa.org]


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