I like to occasionally remind readers of all the great museum and park passes the Southborough Library offers*. A few 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 so many to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
Some passes need to be picked up from the Library during hours. But there are a few e-passes that can be checked out even on days when the Library is closed.
Here’s the list by name:
- Boston Children’s Museum (e-ticket)
- Danforth Art Museum, Framingham (e-ticket)
- Discovery Museum, Acton (e-ticket)
- EcoTarium, Worcester
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
- Massachusetts State Parks**
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton
- Museum of Science, Boston (e-voucher)
- New England Aquarium, Boston
- Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston
- Trustees Go Pass
- Access/parking at many of The Trustees of Reservations properties***
- Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
- Decordova Sculpture Park
- Fruitlands Museum
- Zoo New England
- Franklin Park Zoo
- Stone Zoo, Stoneham
Details on pass pickup and any returns vary. They are detailed on the library’s website pass manager, which is also the site for reserving passes. (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 Library’s passes and the Southborough Gardeners for providing the Tower Hill pass.
**This time of year, most Mass State Parks don’t charge for parking. But there do seem to be a few exceptions.
***The Go Pass provides free/discount parking/access to TTOR properties at the equivalent to the property admission benefit of a Trustees Family level Membership (two adults and children under 18). (It does not apply to special events.) Note: Not every Trustees property charges an admission fee.