Make more of Thanksgiving break: Library museum and park passes

Above: Boston Children’s Museum (left) and the New England Aquarium (right) are two of the many venues to which the library offers discounted or free admission. (Children’s Museum photo by Joao Melo, NE Aquarium posted to flickr by Abigail Batchelder)

With a mini-school break* coming up, it’s a great time to plan some fun outings. So, I thought I’d remind you about the the Southborough Library’s museum and park passes.

A few of their passes offer free admission, with the rest providing a substantial discount.

Note: Be aware that the library will close early for Thanksgiving on Wednesday at 5:00 pm and not reopen until Monday at 10:00 am. So reserve passes in advance and plan to pick them up by Wednesday afternoon (or Monday morning for that day.)

Passes cover a variety of museums for all age groups. There are also passes for enjoying parks, gardens and wildlife. With 14 to choose from (and more coming soon)**, there’s something for everyone:

  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Discovery Museums
  • EcoTarium
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Museum of Science
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • New England Aquarium
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Museum of Russian Icons
  • Massachusetts State Parks Pass
  • Salem Witch Museum
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden
  • USS Constitution Museum

(Please note that some passes need to be returned by 10am the next day the library is open. For Thanksgiving weekend, that would mean you just need to drop it in the box by Monday morning.)

You can find details and reserve passes through the library’s website pass manager. Or you can make reservations by calling 508-485-5031 during library hours.

*Southborough public schools get out early on Wednesday and are closed through Monday, which is a professional development day.

**Thanks to the Friends of the Southborough Library for funding the majority of the passes and the Southborough Gardeners for providing the Tower Hill pass. The Friends of the Library are also in the process of acquiring more passes for the program, including the Eric Carle Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and Garden in the Woods.

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