Check out Library passes to museums and parks

by beth on December 22, 2021

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Above: Worcester Ecotarium (left) and the Museum of Science Boston (right) are two of the many venues to which the library offers discounted or free admission. (image left from Facebook, image right posted to flickr by Christopher Schmidt)

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.

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

Boston Children's Museum - Fantastic Forts from Facebook Danforth Art Museum - Indigenous Voices in Contemporary Art Exhibit Discovery Museum (cropped from website) Ecotarium from Facebook Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum (photo from museum website)

Mass State Parks - Natural Bridge State Park in North Adams Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (photo from Flickr by Smart Destinations) Museum of Russian Icons from Facebook Museum of Science, Boston (photo from Flickr by Devin Ford) New England Aquarium (Photo by Joao Melo)

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem (photo posted to flickr by redjar) Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Tropical Conservatory from Facebook TTOR - Appleton Farms TTOR - Decordova (VENUSVINE by Richard Rosenblum) TTOR - Fruitlands 

TTOR - Crane Estate Zoo New England - Franklin Park Zoo from Facebook Zoo New England - Stone Zoo from Facebook

Now here’s the list by name:

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.

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