Free Museums to Visit this Summer in Massachusetts
Boston is a city full of rich history, culture, and great food but did you know that there are dozens of museums that you can visit over the summer for free? I love getting free things, especially when I usually have to pay for them such as admission to my favorite locations. I am so excited to be sharing this list of free museums that you can visit in Massachusetts.
During the month of August, you can visit these incredible museums that range from the JFK Museum to the Franklin Park Zoo.
- Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston
- Old State House, Boston
- The Greenway Carousel, Boston
- Fort Devens Museum, Devens
- Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Holyoke
- International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke
- The Old Manse, The Trustees, Concord
- JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis
- Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
- Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton
- Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis
- Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester
- Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester
- Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
- Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket
- Smith College Museum of Art, Northhampton
- Naumkeag, The Trustees, Stockbridge
- The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
- Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
- Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston
- Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
- Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee
- Concord Museum, Concord
- Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
- Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst
- Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park, Boston
- USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown
- Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
- Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), North Adams
- Nantucket Whaling Museum, Nantucket
- The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Fall River
- Museum of African American History, Boston
- Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster
- Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
Here are some additional locations that offer FREE tours and entrance for the remainder of the summer!
MIT Museum: The MIT Museum offers programs and interactive exhibits for all ages! Admission is FREE during the last Sunday of every month from September to June.
If you’re a Massachusetts resident and are close to Cambridge you can visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: If you’re a resident you’ll get in for FREE on Sunday mornings from 9am-12pm year-round and from 3-5pm every Wednesday from September to May.
If you’re looking for rich history and beautiful visually stimulating pieces of art then visit the Museum of Fine Arts for FREE every Wednesday night after 4pm (during specific times of the year) There are over 400,000 works of art at the museum and if you’re a Bank of America card holder, or your parents are and they go with you then you get free admission every first weekend of each month.
If you’re a Massachusetts state resident then grab your library card from the Boston Public Library because they offer some amazing perks! If you’re a cardholder you can visit the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium for FREE if you make an advanced reservation for no more than 4 people. The only months where you can’t grab free passes for the Aquarium are July and August. You can also sign up for your library card online if you don’t have time to visit the library to sign up for a physical card.
The Commonwealth Museum always offers FREE admission and parking!
If you’re interested in the history of Firefighters then visit the Boston Fire Museum in Boston every Saturday from 11-6pm. donations are suggested but not required.