Museum Passes

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Museum Pass Availability

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Boston Children’s Museum

Boston Children’s Museum

308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
617-426-6500   http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/
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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.

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Categories: Children, Crafts, Family, Technology

Pass Benefits

Pass admits four people at half price admission.

Online ticket reservations are required. Visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ticketing.

To review the directions for timed tickets, click on Discount Programs and the drop down arrow.  Click on Half Price Library Timed Ticket to book.

The date on the Library Discount Coupon must match the date of museum visit.

At the museum proceed to the Admissions Scanning Station with your online reservation and date specific Library Discount Coupon.  These can be presented on a hand held device or as paper print outs.

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Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-0455   http://www.capeannmuseum.org/
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Founded in 1873, the Cape Ann Museum is a cultural center that includes galleries (displaying both permanent and temporary exhibitions), an auditorium, library/archives, a children's activity center, two sculpture gardens and two historic homes. The largest collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane, renowned marine artist and native son, may be found there, as well as paintings and sculptures by artists with a connection to Cape Ann. Two historic properties maintained by the museum, The White-Ellery House (1710) and the Captain Elias Davis House (1804) may be visited. The Library & Archives is a major resource for the study of the industrial, social, maritime and art history of Cape Ann. Special events include lectures, walking tours, and youth and family programs. (See website for schedule). A museum shop is on the premises.

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Categories: Architecture, Family, History

Pass Benefits

Pass admits up to two people for free general admission.

Advance reservations with timed tickets are required, available at www.capeannmuseum.org/visit.

On the museum website select a time. On the ticket menu select a library pass.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
617-566-1401   http://www.gardnermuseum.org/home/
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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.

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Categories: Art, Family, Music

Pass Benefits

Pass admits up to 4 adults at $5.00 per person.

You must redeem your printed Museum Pass and reserve timed tickets at the museum online or through the museum box office at least 48 hours prior to visiting.

Redeem online at www.gardnermuseum.org/visit. Click Buy Now and select the date printed on your Museum Pass as well as timed slot. 

Use promo code MPP81883 to receive your discount.  Promo code can only be redeemed for the day you have reserved.

You can also redeem your pass with the box office by calling 617-278-5156.

Museum tickets and printed Library Museum Pass must be shown upon entry to the museum.

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Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
617-267-9300   http://www.mfa.org/
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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.

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Categories: Art, Family, History

Pass Benefits

Pass admits up to two people at $10.00 per person.

General admission tickets are available in person or in advance online https://www.mfa.org/tickets https://www.mfa.org/tickets or by phone  at 1-800-440-6975. $6 per-order processing fee applies to all phone orders. Tickets are valid for the full visit day. General admission does not include admission to special exhibitions requiring a separate ticket.

Use the promo code IP-1389167 to reserve your discounted admission tickets.

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Museum of Science

Museum of Science

1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
617-723-2500   http://www.mos.org/
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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.

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Categories: Children, Family, History, Nature, Science, Technology, Sky

Pass Benefits

    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.

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New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
617-973-5200   http://www.neaq.org/
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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.

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Categories: Children, Family, Nature, Science, Ocean

Pass Benefits

  This coupon allows 50% off admission to the New England Aquarium.

•       This is not a ticket.

•       Redeem this coupon in the General Admission line at the Aquarium’s ticket booth for discounted admission for up to four people.

•       Please visit neaq.org/coupons for details.

•       Review the Aquarium’s website at www.neaq.org/safety ahead of your visit to ensure a safe and accessible experience.

•       Valid only for Aquarium admission.

•       This coupon does not provide any other discounts and cannot be applied to combo tickets.

•       Library coupons or tickets obtained with library coupons may not be sold.

•       Void if altered or copied. No cash value.

•       Hours of operation are subject to change.

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Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3783
978-745-9500   http://www.pem.org/
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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.

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Categories: Art, Family, History, Ocean

Pass Benefits

Pass admits two people at $12.00 per person.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.pem.org/tickets or by calling 978-542-1511.

Use promo code LIB83120,  and be sure to choose the Library Discount (limit 2) option.

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Zoo New England

Zoo New England

1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121
617-541-5466   http://www.zoonewengland.org/
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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.

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Categories: Family, Zoo

Pass Benefits

Pass admits up to six people at $9.00 per adult and $6.00 per child.

Advance reservations for daytime admission are not required for Library pass holders. 

Pass must be picked up at the Library and presented to the Zoo admission booth to obtain the library discount.

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