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Boston Children’s Museum
Founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau, the Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest children’s museum in the world and one of the few that maintain a collection. Designed for both children and families, the Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, emphasizing hands-on engagement and learning through experience, and employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children.
Pass admits 4 people with a 50% co-payment per person, infants under 1 are free.
Cape Ann Museum
Founded in 1873, the Cape Ann Museum is a cultural center that includes galleries (displaying both permanent and temporary exhibitions), an auditorium, library/archives, a children's activity center, two sculpture gardens and two historic homes. The largest collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane, renowned marine artist and native son, may be found there, as well as paintings and sculptures by artists with a connection to Cape Ann. Two historic properties maintained by the museum, The White-Ellery House (1710) and the Captain Elias Davis House (1804) may be visited. The Library & Archives is a major resource for the study of the industrial, social, maritime and art history of Cape Ann. Special events include lectures, walking tours, and youth and family programs. (See website for schedule). A museum shop is on the premises.
Pass Admits two (2) for free admission.
Historic New England
Historic New England is a historic preservation organization which owns and operates historic house museums and properties open to the public throughout most of New England. The majority of the 36 properties are in Massachusetts, but locations exist in all NE states but Vermont. These include Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, ME), the Jackson House (Portsmouth, NH), the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, which (Newbury, MA), Roseland Cottage (Woodstock, CT), the Otis House (Boston, MA), the Lyman Estate (Waltham, MA), Gropius House (Lincoln, MA), and the Arnold House (Lincoln, RI). Styles represented include Federal, Colonial Revival, Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts & Crafts, and Modern, among many others. The website provides much detail, including directions, contact information, and history of each property.
Admits one person – No charge
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Gardner Museum houses the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a local patron of the arts who died in 1924, in a building she commissioned to look like a 15th century Venetian palazzo. The center of the original building showcases courtyard plantings that reflect the seasons as they evolve throughout the year. In addition to her collection, which remains displayed exactly she arranged it per her will, there are changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events, and an artist-in-residence program. In 2012, the museum opened an addition designed by Renzo Piano that houses a space for their concert series.
Each pass provides up to four (4) people with $5 admission per person, redeemable at the admission desk. Children under the age of 18 are always admitted free.
Maritime Gloucester is a multi-building attraction on Gloucester’s working waterfront. Visitors to the museum can explore the Sea Pocket Aquarium; a gallery featuring schooners, fishing, maritime innovation, marine heroes, and boat building exhibits; and an interactive exhibit providing images, video, audio and real-time data access to the marine life and unique features of the 842 square mile marine plateau that sits between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Maritime Gloucester features the oldest continuously operating marine railway in the country, and schooners provide opportunities to go out on public sails. There is a museum shop on the premises.
Pass admits one family at no charge.
Massachusetts State Parks (Department of Conservation and Recreation)
The Massachusetts State Parks have locations in all regions of the Commonwealth, from Pittsfield to Boston, and from Gloucester to Provincetown. They include beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs, each with its own unique activities and amenities like hiking, biking, swimming and boating, camping, and more.
Free parking for one vehicle—excluding buses or 15-passenger vans—at more than 50 state parks.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in existence since July 4, 1876, is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of almost 500,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary painting, sculpture and video. In addition, there are always special exhibitions on view, opportunities to take advantage of educational programs—some right in the galleries—and a contemplative Japanese garden.
Pass admits 2 people at $10.00 per person. Extra charge for special exhibits.
The Museum of Science in Boston is located on a piece of land that extends the width of the Charles River, connecting Boston and Cambridge. Dedicated to promoting and educating visitors about science and technology, the museum includes a planetarium, the world’s largest open-air Van de Graaff generator, an IMAX theatre, a butterfly garden, and permanent and changing exhibits on birds, insects and animals; space; dinosaurs; engineering; nanotechnology; math; biology; and more.
Pass admits up to four (4) people for $10.00 per person. Valid only for Exhibit Halls. Does not include admission to the Omni, Planetarium, 4-D Theater, Butterfly Garden, or special exhibits.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from the giant Pacific octopus to Northern fur seals to little blue penguins. They offer a wide range of exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals. In addition, they have an IMAX theatre and run whale watch boat excursions in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises from April through November.
Each coupon admits up to four people for a reduced admission rate of $10 per person. Children under the age of 3 are admitted free.
Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum grew out of the collection of East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains whose charter called for acquisition of “natural and artificial curiosities.” Its permanent collection contains art and artifacts of Africa, Asia, India, China (with a Qing Dynasty house brought from the Huizhou region), Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands, and features objects of maritime art and history that include paintings, drawings, ship models, marine decorative arts, tools, weapons, navigational instruments, and ship and yacht plans. It also has a thriving changing exhibition schedule that sometimes includes important traveling shows.
Each pass entitles up to two patrons to general musuem admission at a reduced fee of $12 per person. Patrons must also pay an additional admission fee if they want to see the Yin Yu Tang, the Chinese House. Access to special teicketed exhibitions may require a separate fee. Youth 16 and under receive free admission. Visitors using a Library Pass are not entitled to any other member benefits.
Salem Witch Museum
Based on actual trial documents and using life-size stage sets with figures, lighting, and narration, the museum's principle exhibit examines the 1692 Salem witch trials. In a second exhibit, “Witches: Evolving Perceptions,” guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today, and witch hunting. A gift shop is on the premises.
Pass admits up to 6 people at reduced rates: $9.00 each for adults; $6.75 each for children ages 6 to 14.
Sandy Bay Historical Society
The Sandy Bay Historical Society, located in Rockport, is home to two historical structures in different locations. The Sewall-Scripture House, built by Levi Sewall with granite from his own quarry in 1832, contains exhibition space and a library with extensive holdings of local history and genealogical information, including photography, civil war letters and diaries, and early family bibles, among many other types of primary source documents. The Old Castle, a first-period Salt Box house built around 1711 by Jethro Wheeler, contains Dogtown exhibits, quarry tools and North Village history. The Society presents many events at various locations around Rockport. (Check the schedule on their website.)
Two free admissions to do research at the Sewall-Scripture Museum on Mondays 9 AM - 1 PM.
Open mid June - Mid September Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 2 PM - 5 PM
The Old Castle is open Saturdays during July and August from 2 PM - 5 PM
Sargent House Museum
The Sargent House Museum is located in Gloucester in a high Georgian house and garden, built in 1782 for the feminist writer and philosopher Judith Sargent Murray and her first husband. The house is presented as it might have been in 1790, with period decorative furniture and art. In addition to learning about the history of Gloucester, visitors will see published work by Murray from the time, as well as art by her great-great nephew John Singer Sargent. Several guided tours are available, each of which focus on a particular subject. (Check the website for details and special events.)
Admits two (2) free. Not valid for special programs.