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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.
Coupon pass admits four (4) people at half price. Pass does not need to be returned.
Garden in the Woods (Native Plant Trust)
The Garden in the Woods (Native Plant Trust) displays rare and common native New England plants in a naturalistic setting at its location in Framingham, Massachusetts, attracting visitors from all over the world. Set on 45 acres, it includes two miles of paths that meander over glacier-sculpted ridges and through narrow valleys. A pond, a wooded bog, several springs, and a brook bring a diversity of wildlife into the garden. The garden is maintained by the Native Plant Trust, which works throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and bank seeds for biological diversity, control invasive species, conduct research, and educate the public.
Pass admits one (1) adult at half-price or one (1) child, age 3-17 at $1. We have four passes available for use per day. Laminated passes must be returned to the Library by 10 AM on the day after use. The fine for overdue passes is $1 per day. Garden in the Woods is open April 15 - October 14.
The Gardens at Elm Bank
The Gardens at Elm Bank are located on the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's 36 acres on the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, MA. The site includes open fields and meadows, streams and pools, wooded areas and formal gardens. Among these are the Bressingham Garden designed by Adrian Bloom; the historic Italianate Garden; the Garden to Table Chef's Garden; an educational New England Trial Garden; and Weezie's Garden for Children, each with its own ubique theme. Regularly scheduled children's activities take place Tuesday through Sunday. Please check the website for a downloadable map of the grounds and a schedule of events, lectures, and classes. The grounds and gardens of Elm Bank are handicap-accessible.
Coupon pass admits one (1) family for free. Pass does not need to be returned.
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.
Coupon pass admits four (4) people at $5 per person. Coupon does not need to be returned. Children under the age of 18 are always admitted free.
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.
The Parks Pass is valid for the passenger vehicle bearing the Pass and allows free access to many Massachusetts State Parks. Here is a list of participating parks. Place your DCR ParksPass in its placard and hang it from your car's rear-view mirror. Visit Mass.gov for more information.
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.
Coupon admits two (2) people at $10 per person. Price subject to change; may not be combined with any other offers. Pass does not need to be returned.
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.
Coupon admits four (4) people at $10 per person. Valid only for Exhibit Halls. Does not include admission to Omni, Planetarium, 4-D Theater, Butterfly Garden, or special exhibits. Pass does not need to be returned.
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.
Coupon admits four (4) people at 50% off full price admission ($31/adult, $22/child, $29 senior). Children under age 3 always admitted free. Valid only for Aquarium admission. This coupon does not provide any other discounts and cannot be applied to combo tickets. Pass does not need to be returned.
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.
Summer Admission Rate Change: Effective through September 21, 2019, the library pass admission rate is reduced to $6/adult (normally $12/adult). Regular adult admission without a pass is reduced to $15 per person.
Patrons can reserve up to two (2) passes, for a total of 4 (four) people by making two (2) separate reservations on two (2) separate days (passes are not date-specific, so can be used at any time). Pass holders who wish to visit Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House and special ticketed exhibitions must pay an additional charge. Pass holders are not entitled to any other member discounts or benefits. Pass does not need to be returned.
Effective September 22, 2019, each coupon admits two (2) people to general admission on Tuesday through Sunday at $12 per person.
Resources for RI Education
Resources for RI Education is an educational and environmental organization that encourages preservation of the environment by diverting clean, non-toxic excess inventory from the business community to educators and community organizations. A pass functions as an individual membership for a day, providing access to materials at an extremely modest fee at the warehouse in Providence, RI. Though what is available changes from visit to visit, materials can range from shoelaces and string, yarn and thread, colorful fabric and paper, to foam shapes from packaging, ribbons and beads, caps, shiny mylar, and binders.
A pass functions as an individual membership for a day, providing access to materials at an extremely modest fee at the warehouse in Providence, RI. Though what is available changes from visit to visit, materials can range from shoelaces and string, yarn and thread, colorful fabric and paper, to foam shapes from packaging, ribbons and beads, caps, shiny mylar, and binders.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Located in Boylston, MA, and open year-round, the Tower Hill Botanic Garden features carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, with a number of trails that traverse the 132-acre property. In addition, there are many programs and events, including classes, lectures, art exhibits and concerts. The Garden is run by the Worcester County Horticultural Society, the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States.
Pass admits two (2) people at half-price. Laminated passes must be returned to the Library by 10 AM on the day after use. The fine for overdue passes is $1 per day.
Trustees of the Reservations (with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum)
The Trustees of the Reservations preserve and protect more than 100 special properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value—nearly 25,000 acres—all around Massachusetts. From Crane's Beach in Ipswich and World's End in Hingham to The Old Manse in Concord and Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, visitors to Trustees sites enjoy local history and nature in its various forms: beaches, meadows, forests, swamps and more.
In the summer of 2019, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the largest park of its kind in New England, became part of the Trustees. The museum, located in Lincoln, MA, encompasses nearly 30 conserved acres and presents contemporary art from New England—and beyond—with sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions. For a full list of locations, please visit their web site.
Coupon pass admits two (2) adults & children under 18. Pass is valid for one-time use at any of the Trustees 100+ properties that collect an admission fee. Pass holder will pay an admission fee equivalent to that of a Trustees Family Level Membership. Pass is not valid for use at Trustees parking kiosks, stores, cafes, Inns, Campgrounds, at special events and programs, or in place of any permits or passes. Coupon does not need to be returned.
Zoo New England
Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo, a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, and the Stone Zoo, located on a 26-acre site near Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. In addition to animals, both zoos are engaged in wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
Coupon pass admits 6 people. $9 per adult and $6 per child. Pass does not need to be returned.