Library Museum/Zoo/Venue Passes: Some available for use; survey on three more

by beth on September 14, 2020

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Above: Some of the places you can visit for free or at a discount through passes from the Library include (clockwise) Peabody Essex Museum, Franklin Park Zoo, deCordava Sculpture Park and Museum, The Trustees of Reservations’ historic homes and gardens, and Boston Harbor Islands. (images from Facebook)

This month, the Southborough Library has resumed issuing some of their passes for discount admissions to museums, zoos and other venues. Patrons are also being asked to let the Library know if they would make use of three others if they were offered.

Check out these passes

In normal times, the Library has a long list of passes available for use. That ended in March, when the Library closed its doors and museums, zoos, and many other venues did as well. As zoos and museums began reopening, the Library researched which passes they had access to that were still viable for patrons to use and safe to circulate.

They are currently able to offer passes for discounted/free admission to:

  • (click to open pdf)

    Boston Harbor Islands
  • Danforth Museum
  • Peabody Essex
  • Trustees Go Pass
    • deCordava Sculpture Park and Museum
    • grounds of the Fruitlands Museum (the museum itself is currently closed)
    • parking/admission to many (but not all) of the properties owned by The Trustees of Reservations (This doesn’t cover special events)
  • Zoo New England
    • Franklin Park Zoo
    • Stone Zoo

For details on reserving and using those passes, click here. (For fun, I added images below from Facebook of some of the sights you can enjoy using the passes. Click for details)

Boston Harbor Islands Danforth Art Peabody Essex garden Peabody Essex fashion exhibit TTOR - de Cordova 

TTOR - Fruitlands TTOR - Crate Estate on Castle Hill Franklin Park Zoo - Boston Lights exhibit Stone Zoo

Would you check out these passes?

Meanwhile, three passes that are normally sponsored by The Friends of the Southborough Library would need to be renewed. Before investing in purchasing the passes for this year, the Friends’ board asked to get public feedback. The question we need to know is, if we paid to purchase the discount passes for the Library, would you use them this fall?*

Those museums are the Boston Children’s Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, and the New England Aquarium. You can answer the survey via the Library’s tweet below:

*Full disclosure – I am the president of The Friends of the Southborough Library.

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