Event Notices

List of Free Museums Throughout Massachusetts Every Friday During Summer 2018

Free Fun Fridays, celebrating its tenth anniversary, is back for Summer 2018. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, certain museums all across Massachusetts will be 100% free to any visitor on Fridays during the Summer. Each week there will be different museums offering free admission. See the list of participating museums below.

July 6th

  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum
  • Battleship Cove
  • Amelia Park Children’s Museum
  • Gore Place
  • Falmouth Museums on the Green
  • Hancock Shaker Village
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum
  • New England Quilt Museum

July 13th

  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute
  • Charles River Watershed Association
  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum
  • Chesterwood
  • The Telephone Museum
  • Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum
  • The Sports Museum
  • Children’s Museum at Holyoke
  • International Volleyball Hall of Fame
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

July 20th

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Gloucester Stage Company
  • The Gardens at Elm Bank (Mass Hort)
  • Chatham Shark Center
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
  • Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
  • Springfield Museums
  • Discovery Museum
  • The Hall at Patriot Place

July 27th

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
  • JFK Hyannis Museum
  • Fitchburg Art Museum
  • Old Colony History Museum
  • Boston Athenæum
  • Sandwich Glass Museum
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Museum of Russian Icons

August 3rd

  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art
  • Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River
  • Davis Museum at Wellesley College
  • Naumkeag, The Trustees
  • Worcester Historical Museum
  • Osterville Historical Museum
  • Historic Deerfield
  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
  • Paragon Carousel

August 10th

  • Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
  • Jacob’s Pillow
  • Cahoon Museum of American Art
  • Nichols House Museum
  • Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
  • Wenham Museum
  • Fuller Craft Museum
  • The Greenway Carousel
  • Freedom Trail Foundation

August 17th

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Commonwealth Museum
  • Lynn Museum
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Fort Devens Museum
  • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees
  • Old State House
  • Berkshire Museum
  • Museum of the First Corps of Cadets

August 24th

  • Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo
  • Heritage Museums & Gardens
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum
  • Smith College Museum of Art
  • The Old Manse, The Trustees
  • Emily Dickinson Museum
  • Hull Lifesaving Museum
  • Museum of African American History

August 31st

  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • EcoTarium
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
  • Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
  • USS Constitution Museum
  • Cape Ann Museum
  • Griffin Museum of Photography
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum
  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium

The Highland Street Foundation describes the Free Fun Fridays as a program “created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months.” They continue by saying, “We reach out to schools, veterans groups, libraries, seniors centers, and many other community organizations to ensure that everyone knows that they are also welcome.”

For more information on Free Fun Fridays, and museum hours, head to their website, see their FAQ, or call 617-969-8900. To learn more about The Highland Street Foundation, head to their website.