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Blithewold is a historic, 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay located in Bristol, RI. It is significant as an example of the Country Place Era in the U.S and for its adoption of Arts and Crafts Movement ideals. The property features a 45-room English style manor house filled with family heirlooms, surrounded by a mature arboretum and a series of gardens that are a combination of historic and contemporary gardening. The 10-acre Great Lawn, Enclosed Garden, Orchard, and Cutting and Vegetable Gardens were laid out in the late 1890s are but the first of many that were developed later. There is a gift shop on the premises.
Library pass admits pass admits up to 6 people at the discounted rates of $7.00 for adults and $2.00 for visitors (youth) 6- 17 years old.
Please check their websitehttps://www.blithewold.org/ for hours of operation and the most updated information.
Boston by Foot
Boston By Foot has presented walking tours of Boston since 1976. Dedicated to promoting public awareness and appreciation of Boston's rich history and architectural heritage, their guided tours and programs are conducted by a dedicated corps of over 200 volunteer tour guides. Check their website for a list of available tours, most of which take 90 minutes.
Museum Pass allows free admission for one person per pass.
Boston Children’s Museum
Founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau, the Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest children’s museum in the world and one of the few that maintain a collection. Designed for both children and families, the Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, emphasizing hands-on engagement and learning through experience, and employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children.
Coupon admits up to 4 people at half price. Please check their website for hours of operation.
Founded in 1886, the Concord Museum is a repository of local history and a gateway to the town of Concord. It educates visitors from around the world about the history of Concord and its continuing influence on American political, literary and cultural life through permanent and changing exhibits, educational programs and publications. Its collection contains a range of unique items from the area, including a Paul Revere lantern; many objects that once belonged to Henry David Thoreau; a reproduction of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study; and furniture, artwork, and objects from the colonial era on.
Pass allows up to 4 people at $5.00 off full admission. Children under 5 are admitted for free. Please check their website for hours of operation.
Davis Farmland is a seven-generation, working family farm, continuously in operation since 1846 in Sterling, MA. Starting in 1996, Davis Farmland has provided opportunities for discovery and play to families with children 12 years old and younger. It has a Waterspray Park; Imagine-Acres; Adventureland; interactions with farm animals; and a “Mega Maze” in the fall. It is also home to the largest sanctuary of endangered farm animals in North America. Special events include hands-on reptile shows. Hours change with the season. Shop with food and souvenirs on the premises.
Library pass admits 4 people at discounted rate (ages 2-59 and seniors) to Davis Farmland. Children 2 and under are always free of charge.
Davis Farmland and Davis Mega Maze have separate operating schedules, rates and times. Please check their website for hours of operation and closings due to poor weather.
Pass must be returned in the bag provided the morning after scheduled use.
Acton's Discovery Museum, located on a 4-acre campus, is aimed at providing an environment in which play becomes a conduit for learning about science, technology, and nature. The museum’s building contains a number of galleries dedicated to teaching scientific concepts in a fun, hands-on environment, as well as themed play spaces for younger visitors. Outdoors, Discovery Woods includes a nature playscape with a cargo net climb, nest swing and beaver lodges, as well as a treehouse with an observation deck and a bouncy bridge. There are opportunities to practice orienteering with provided maps and instructions on trails on the property. A museum shop is on the premises. The museum building is fully ADA compliant, with exhibits based on Universal Design principles.
This pass admits 3 visitors at 1/2 price admission per person; any additional visitors must pay the regular admission price. This pass is NOT a reservation; you must reserve a ticket for a specific day and timeblock prior to coming to the Museum campus. Tickets can be reserved on our website discoveryacton.org or by phone. No on-site ticket reservations will be available. Your tickets are only valid for the date and time you reserve. No payment will be collected online, you will pay when you arrive. Present this pass to Admissions staff when checking in and the discount will be applied to the cost of your visit.
Gore Place is a historic 19th century country house located in Waltham, MA. Indoor and outdoor tours of the 50-acre estate—which boasts a magnificent Mansion, an authentic 1793 Carriage House, a working farm, and beautiful grounds—are available; check the website for the schedule. Special events include an annual sheepshearing festival and a summer concert series. There is a museum shop on the premises.
Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 2 adults at $5 each and 2 children free. Tickets for Saturday tours must be purchased in advance.
Information: For more information, please visit Gore Place’s website. Pricing: Reduced admission for up to 2 adults at $5 each and 2 children under 12 for free. Tickets for Saturday tours must be purchased in advance. Regular admission: ranges from $12- $15 depending on the tour.
Information: For more information, please visit Gore Place
Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a partnership of museums on the Harvard University Cambridge campus dedicated to the natural world, science, and human cultures. They include the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (comprised of the Harvard University Herbaria, Mineralogical and Geological Museum, and Museum of Comparative Zoology), the Harvard Semitic Museum, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, all located between Oxford St./Divinity Ave area. Of particular note are the famous glass flowers, models commissioned by Harvard in 1886 to aid in the teaching of botany (and made in Germany over the course of more than eight decades), on display in the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
One pass admits up to four (4) visitors at 50% off admission rates.
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
The building that houses the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on Fan Pier is the first in the US designed by the architectural firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The museum was founded in 1936 as a sister institution to New York’s MoMA, though it had no permanent collection until starting one after moving into the new building on the waterfront in 2006. In addition to the collection, changing exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming are offered throughout the year.
Coupon admits up to 2 people at $5 each. Children under 17 are admitted free. The ICA is free to the public on Thursday night from 5-9 pm. Please see their website for hours of operation. Closed Mondays, except on the following holidays when admission is free for all: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Gardner Museum houses the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a local patron of the arts who died in 1924, in a building she commissioned to look like a 15th century Venetian palazzo. The center of the original building showcases courtyard plantings that reflect the seasons as they evolve throughout the year. In addition to her collection, which remains displayed exactly she arranged it per her will, there are changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events, and an artist-in-residence program. In 2012, the museum opened an addition designed by Renzo Piano that houses a space for their concert series.
Coupon admits up to 4 people for $5.00 each. Children under 18 are always admitted free. Please check their website for hours of operation. Admission must be booked at least 48 hours prior to your visit.
Mass Audubon (Drumlin Farm)
Mass Audubon maintains about 100 wildlife sanctuaries in Massachusetts, more than half of which may be visited for walks on trails and visits to nature centers and museums. Among these is Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, a working farm with animals and crops, plus exhibits that include native wildlife, such as owls, foxes and deer. A shop on the premises sells items related to nature, such as bird feeders and binoculars.
This one-day Library Partner Admission Pass admits 1 vehicle OR up to 4 people to a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. At some sanctuaries there is a $2 admission fee per visitor over the age of 2.
Some sanctuaries require reservations before visiting. Please visit https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/trails for the latest information on which sanctuaries are open for visitation.
For sanctuaries that require reservations, passes should be requested several days in advance for the date you wish to visit, to increase the likelihood that tickets will still be available for that date. Mass Audubon does not guarantee access on any specific date/time if tickets are not available.
Massachusetts State Parks (Department of Conservation and Recreation)
The Massachusetts State Parks have locations in all regions of the Commonwealth, from Pittsfield to Boston, and from Gloucester to Provincetown. They include beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs, each with its own unique activities and amenities like hiking, biking, swimming and boating, camping, and more.
Pass is valid for a Mass plate passenger vehicle and entitles the bearer to free parking for one vehicle (excluding buses or vans) at Mass State Parks facilities that charge a day-use parking fee. Pass must be returned in the bag provided the morning after scheduled use.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in existence since July 4, 1876, is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of almost 500,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary painting, sculpture and video. In addition, there are always special exhibitions on view, opportunities to take advantage of educational programs—some right in the galleries—and a contemplative Japanese garden.
One discounted pass or ticket admits 2 people for $10.00 each (general admission and special exhibition) and up to 4 children 7 – 17 $10 each (special exhibition only). There is no discount for children 7-17 for general admission, as it’s already $10. Children 6 and under are free. Please check the MFA website for hours of operation.
The Museum of Science in Boston is located on a piece of land that extends the width of the Charles River, connecting Boston and Cambridge. Dedicated to promoting and educating visitors about science and technology, the museum includes a planetarium, the world’s largest open-air Van de Graaff generator, an IMAX theatre, a butterfly garden, and permanent and changing exhibits on birds, insects and animals; space; dinosaurs; engineering; nanotechnology; math; biology; and more.
This pass will admit up to 4 people at a 50% discount on tickets to the Museum’s Exhibit Halls. Children under 3 are not included in the count of 4 and are always admitted for free but must have a timed ticket.Your Library pass can only be used on the date printed on the pass.YOU MUST ALSO CALL THE MUSEUM TO RESERVE A TIMED TICKET. Call 617-723-2500 (daily, 9am – 5pm).
Please call at least 1-2 days ahead to reserve your time slot otherwise the Museum might be fully booked.After you make your timed reservation with the Museum, they will send you an email confirmation with your reservation time.Please bring both your library pass confirmation (printed or displayed on a phone) and your email confirmation from the Museum when you visit. Show both confirmations at the gate to enter. You do not need to stop at the Box Office.
If you are unable to show your Library confirmation on a phone, you may print out a copy using the link in the confirmation email or request a paper copy from the library.
Please visit the Museum’s Code of Conduct page for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements.Visitor Code of Conduct- MOS
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, MA, was established in 1959. The 40,000 sq. ft. museum is dedicated to the history of basketball and maintains a hall of fame dedicated to the most talented players of the game. Interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests.
Admission pass will allow up to 3 adults and 3 children at the rate of $17 per adult, ($15 per senior) and $12 per youth (ages 5 to 15), children, under 5, free
Library pass must be presented at the time of admission.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from the giant Pacific octopus to Northern fur seals to little blue penguins. They offer a wide range of exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals. In addition, they have an IMAX theatre and run whale watch boat excursions in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises from April through November.
Coupon admits up to 4 people for 50% off admission. Children under the age of 3 are not included in the admission count and are always admitted free.
Please check their website for hours of operation.
Advance reservations are no longer required for library patrons with coupons. Library patrons should present their coupons on-site at the Aquarium ticket booth. Once tickets are issued, library patrons will be admitted to the Aquarium.
New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill
Located in Boylston, MA, and open year-round, the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill features carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, with a number of trails that traverse the 132-acre property. In addition, there are many programs and events, including classes, lectures, art exhibits and concerts. The Garden is run by the Worcester County Horticultural Society, the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States.
Pass admits 2 guests at half the price of admission. Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge. Please check their website for hours of operation. Pass must be returned in the bag provided the morning after scheduled use.
New England Quilt Museum
The New England Quilt Museum, part of the Lowell National Historic Park, is fittingly located not far from the old textile manufacturing plants that made the city famous during the industrial revolution. Since its opening in 1987, it has been committed to both craft and fine arts quilts, with a permanent collection, special exhibitions, a library and resource center, classrooms, and a gift shop.
Pass admits up to 2 adults for free to the New England Quilt Museum. Children age 12 and under are always admitted free of charge. Please check their website for hours of operation. Pass must be returned in the bag provided the morning after scheduled use.
Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum grew out of the collection of East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains whose charter called for acquisition of “natural and artificial curiosities.” Its permanent collection contains art and artifacts of Africa, Asia, India, China (with a Qing Dynasty house brought from the Huizhou region), Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands, and features objects of maritime art and history that include paintings, drawings, ship models, marine decorative arts, tools, weapons, navigational instruments, and ship and yacht plans. It also has a thriving changing exhibition schedule that sometimes includes important traveling shows.
Due to Covid-19 the following ticket procedure is required:
1. Tickets must be purchased online.
2. To receive library discount, reserve the library pass.
3. Check your email for your discount code.
4. Purchase your timed ticket with discount code at https://www.pem.org.
5. Show PEM confirmation email at entrance to museum.
Each pass admits 2 people at $12 each Tuesday through Sunday and Holiday Mondays. Children under 16 admitted FREE.
Admission to Yin Yu Tand: A Chinese House requires an additional fee.
Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Plimoth Patuxet Museums offers a living history that tells the story of the English colonists who became known as “Pilgrims” and the Native Americans with whom they interacted. A big draw is the re-creation of the original settlement, populated with interpreters in period dress with whom one may interact that are based on actual historical figures. Native People from various nations in historically accurate dress provide information about the Wampanoag—the first tribe the Pilgrims encountered—at a home site based on how the group would have lived in the 17th century. In addition to the two settlements, the museum includes a visitor center, the Craft Center, barns that contain rare and heritage animal breeds, and a grist mill that manufactures cornmeal. Plymouth Patuxet Museums is also responsible for the replica of the Mayflower, the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World, but it is currently undergoing a renovation
This pass entitles the library patron to purchase Plimoth Plantation Heritage Pass Tickets for up to six individuals at the reduced rate of $16 per adult, $10 per child ages 5-17. Not combinable with any other discount. Borrower's ID must match name on pass. Paid admission may be applied toward purchase of Plimoth Plantation membership within 30 days with receipt. Visit plimoth.org or call 508-746-1622 for hours, directions or other information. If you are not able to visit the museum on the date you selected, please contact your library to cancel this pass and make it available for another patron. Thank you.
Trustees of Reservations (with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum)
The Trustees of Reservations preserve and protect more than 100 special properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value—nearly 25,000 acres—all around Massachusetts. From Crane's Beach in Ipswich and World's End in Hingham to The Old Manse in Concord and Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, visitors to Trustees sites enjoy local history and nature in its various forms: beaches, meadows, forests, swamps and more.
In the summer of 2019, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the largest park of its kind in New England, became part of the Trustees. The museum, located in Lincoln, MA, encompasses nearly 30 conserved acres and presents contemporary art from New England—and beyond—with sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions. For a full list of locations, please visit their web site.
Coupon admits up to 2 adults and children under 18 for free or reduced admission (equivalent to the admission benefit of a Trustees Family Level Membership) at Trustees properties, including DeCordova Museum, Fruitlands Museum, The Old Manse, Malcolm Preserve, and other natural and cultural locations throughout Massachusetts. Please check their website for locations and hours of operation.
Zoo New England
Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo, a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, and the Stone Zoo, located on a 26-acre site near Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. In addition to animals, both zoos are engaged in wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
Coupon admits 6 people either to the Stone Zoo or the Franklin Park Zoo. There is a fee of $9.00 per adult and $6.00 per child with the library pass. Children under 2 are free. Please check their website for hours of operation.