Escape the rain: 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, Ecotarium photo from flickr by Don Rogers)

Last week, I suggested places to escape the heat. Sadly, that doesn’t appear to be an issue this week!

With a dreary, rainy forecast for the week – you may be worried about being cooped up. It’s a good time to take another look at the museum passes the library offers. (And don’t forget the park passes you can take advantage of on the couple of not-so-rainy days.)

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

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 seasonal ones at other times of the year), there’s something for everyone.

For fun, I posted another photo gallery demonstrating the breadth of choices. (Click thumbnails for details and photo credits).

Boston Children's Museum (photo by Joao Melo) Davis Farmland (photos by Beth Melo) deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln (photo from Flickr by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism) Discovery Children's Museum, Acton (photo from Flickr by Owen and Aki)

Discovery Science Museum, Acton (photos by Beth Melo) Ecotarium, Worcester (photo from Flickr by Don Rogers) Garden in the Woods, Framingham (photo from flickr by Steve Richardson) MA State Parks - includes Hopkinton State Park (photo by Joao Melo)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (photo from Flickr by Smart Destinations) Museum of Science, Boston (photo from Flickr by Devin Ford) Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT (photo by Joao Melo) Peabody Essex Museum, Salem (photo posted to flickr by redjar)

Salem Witch Museum, Salem (photo from Flickr by Smart Destinations) Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston (photo from Flickr by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism) USS Constitution Museum, Boston (photo from Facebook) Worcester Art Museum, Worcester (photo from Flickr by Peter Eimon)

Now here’s the list by name:

  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Davis Farmland, Sterling, MA (Seasonal)
  • deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
  • Discovery Museums (Children’s & Science), Acton
  • EcoTarium, Worcester, MA
  • Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
  • Massachusetts State Parks Pass
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  • Museum of Science, Boston, MA
  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT
  • New England Aquarium, Boston, MA (Seasonal)
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
  • Salem Witch Museum, Salem, MA
  • USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA (Seasonal)
  • Worcester Art Museum

(Please note that some passes need to be returned by 10am the next day the library is open.)

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.

**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.

Updated (7/24/17 120:01 pm): The photo for Davis Farmland was missing. The good news is that the updated forecast indicates it might be a good week to enjoy a trip there and some of the other outdoor venues after all.

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