Highland Street Foundation, Free Fridays

Boston Area FREE Museum Fridays, All Summer Long

Free Museum Visits in Boston

Thanks to the generosity of the Highland Street Foundation, museums throughout Boston are free on Fridays. If you are looking to do fun FREE things with your kids, plan a day at a museum.

Here’s the schedule:

June 29th

TANGLEWOOD

ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
HERITAGE MUSEUMS & GARDENS
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

July 6th
BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
STONE ZOO
CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART
WENHAM MUSEUM
STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE
July 20th
FRANKLIN PARK ZOO
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AT HOLYOKE
DANFORTH MUSEUM OF ART
DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM
REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE
July 20th
BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO
MASS AUDUBON VISUAL ARTS CENTER
HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
PILGRIM MONUMENT AND PROVINCETOWN MUSEUM
HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM
July 20th
COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN EASTON
SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS
N.E. HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
July 27th
COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN EASTON
SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS
N.E. HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
NEW REPERTORY THEATRE
August 3rd
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON
NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
AMELIA PARK CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM
ARNOLD ARBORETUM
August 10th
BATTLESHIP COVE
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM
CAPE COD CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
FRUITLANDS MUSEUM
THE SPORTS MUSEUM
August 17th
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
EDWARD GOREY HOUSE
NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM
GARDEN IN THE WOODS
CONCORD MUSEUM
August 24th
BOSTON HARBOR ISLAND ALLIANCE
USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM
AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM
OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE
BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
August 31st
JFK LIBRARY & MUSEUM
PLIMOTH PLANTATION
THE DISCOVERY MUSEUMS
MASS MOCA
ECOTARIUM

EVENTS FAQ

Tanglewood Family Fun Fest (June 29, 2012)

On Friday, June 29 from 4-7pm, families are invited to enjoy the beauty of the Tanglewood campus while taking part in an educational scavenger hunt, watching a live musical performance and partaking in other fun family activities. The event is free, but advance registration is recommended. Visit www.tanglewood.org/familyfunfest for more information and to register.

Museum of African American History (June 29)

Please note that this includes free admission both museums – in Boston (46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill) and Nantucket (29 York Street).

Reagle Music Theatre (July 13, 2012)

This is an afternoon performance (2:00 p.m.) of Bye, Bye Birdie starring Tony Award Nominee Anita Gillette. This venue has a 1,000-seat capacity – no reservations accepted. Tickets will be distributed the day of the performance at the theatre, on a first-come first-serve basis, (distribution time is forthcoming). The theatre is located at Waltham High School, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham. Unfortunately, children under 5 are not permitted in the theatre.

New Repertory Theater (July 27, 2012)

There will be two performances (2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.) of Tales of Poe based on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. This venue has a 340-seat capacity – no reservations accepted. Tickets will be distributed at the theatre, on a first-come first-serve basis, starting two hours before each performance.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (July 27, 2012)

This is a nighttime performance of the political drama CORIOLANUS as park of CSC’s 17th season of Shakespeare on the Common. The performance will begin at 8:00pm at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common and has a running time of approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Note: This play may not be appropriate for all ages. Parental discretion is advised.

Boston Harbor Islands (August 24, 2012)

This is a free ferry ride to either (or both) of the two most popular Boston Harbor Islands – Georges Island (with historic Fort Warren and ranger-guided tours) and Spectacle Island (with a life-guard supervised beach and 5 miles of hiking trails).

Free tickets for the Harbor Islands Express Ferry will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at Long Wharf-North, 66 Long Wharf, in downtown Boston (near the Aquarium subway station). The ticket window will open at 8:00 a.m. The ferry leaves every 30 minutes starting at 8:30 am, with a 3 hour window to return. Each adult in line may pick up a maximum of 4 tickets. (There will be no special arrangements for groups of more than 4 to be on the same ferry). Tickets will be handed out for the earliest ferry, then the next, and so on, until all ferry seats for the day are distributed – last year, all tickets were distributed by 10:30 am.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

6 Comments

  1. vanita

    pretty darn cool!
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  2. Ann

    Great resource! We are definitely going to some museums this summmer! Thanks!!!
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    • Hi Ann,
      There are some museums on the Cape included but you probably know those well. It’s a nice thing that the Highland Street Foundation does. If you do decide to come to a Free Fun Friday, come right when it opens or mid-afternoon when the little ones go home to nap if you want less crowds. It does get crowded!!

  3. I love how they offer this. I think this is the 3rd summer? Some of the places can get really busy. But if you go early, it is worth it!
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    • Hi Charlene,
      I know that I blogged on it for three years now, but I didn’t realize that it started back then. Such a great benefit to Massachusetts residents who might not be able to afford visiting the museums with kids in tow this summer.

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