Shine or Rain: Library museum (and park) passes

Above: Boston Children’s Museum (left) and the Worcester Ecotarium (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)

It looks like we have some beautiful weather in store this week. Thursday may be the exception – with rain/thunder in the forecast. But the sun will be back on Friday. In fact, the weekend may get hot enough that some of you may want to escape to air conditioning. It’s all fine – since whatever the weather, the Southborough Library offers passes to venues that fit the bill.

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. There’s something for everyone.

Scroll down for the list. But first, for fun, I posted another photo gallery demonstrating the breadth of choices. (Click thumbnails for details and photo credits).

Boston Childrens Museum (Ball Room photo from Facebook) Davis Farmland (photos by Beth Melo) deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln (photo from Flickr by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism) Childrens Discovery Museum (from Facebook)

Discovery Woods (from Facebook) Worcester Ecotarium (photo of Hurricane Simulator from Facebook) Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum (photo from museum website) Mass State Parks ( photo of Hopkinton State Park by Beth 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) New England Aquarium (photo posted to flickr by Abigail Batchelder)

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 Museum and Discovery Woods, Acton, MA
  • EcoTarium, Worcester, MA
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 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 (not available July & Aug)
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
  • Salem Witch Museum, Salem, MA 
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, 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, the Southborough Gardeners for providing the Tower Hill pass, and a few of the organizations that contributed theirs.

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