Starting this Friday, here are all of the museums you can visit for free this summer

Free Fun Fridays will include six new spots this year.

A view of the garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, taken in 2016. The museum is free to all visitors on July 7. David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

You can soak in some culture without spending any money at 85 museums and cultural institutions across Massachusetts this summer during Free Fun Fridays.

The program, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, has attracted more than 1 million participants since its inception nine years ago, said Blake Jordan, executive director of the Highland Street Foundation.

Here’s how it works: A handful or two’s worth of museums waive all fees on one designated Friday between June 23 and Aug. 25. All together, that means 10 days of free museum access throughout the summer. The deal is for guests of all ages, whether they live in state or out of state. Parking and transportation are not included.


The Mapparium inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, which is free to the public on June 23.

Newcomers to the program this year include the the Mary Baker Eddy Library (June 23), Maritime Gloucester (June 30), Lynn Museum (July 21), Berkshire Theatre Group (July 28), Fort Devens Museum (Aug. 4), and the Smith College Museum of Art (Aug. 11). Additionally, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will participate once again, after taking last summer off from the program while undergoing renovations, Jordan said.

During its first year, 60,000 people visited 10 free venues, Jordan said. This year, the foundation expects 200,000 people to visit the 85 museums and cultural institutions taking part, he said.

“It’s really just been a way to provide an opportunity for families — particularly low-income families — in the summer to experience all that the state really has to offer,” Jordan said. “We’re fortunate to live in a state with just tremendous cultural resources.”

Here is the Free Fun Fridays schedule for this summer:

June 23

  • Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston
  • The Sports Museum, Boston
  • Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
  • The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
  • The Discovery Museums, Acton

The Boston Children’s Museum, which is free to the public on June 30.

June 30

  • Boston Children’s Museum, Boston
  • MIT Museum, Cambridge
  • Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
  • Springfield Museums, Springfield
  • EcoTarium, Worcester
  • Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford
  • The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley

July 7

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston
  • Venfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, Lenox
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
  • Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Westfield
  • Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth
  • Children’s Museum in Easton, North Easton
  • The Hall at Patriot Place, Foxborough

July 14

  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Boston
  • The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Chestnut Hill
  • Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Cambridge
  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline
  • Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown
  • Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port
  • Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton
  • Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which is free to the public on July 21.

July 21

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Tanglewood, Lenox
  • Boston Athenaeum, Boston
  • The Museum of the NCAAA, Boston
  • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees, Harvard
  • Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Weston
  • Lynn Museum, Lynn
  • Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
  • Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich

July 28

  • JFK Presidential Library & Museum, Boston
  • Commonwealth Museum, Boston
  • Arnold Arboretum, Boston
  • The Eric Carle Museum, Amherst
  • Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge
  • Historic Deerfield, Deerfield
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis
  • Wenham Museum, Wenham
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston

August 4

  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston
  • Old State House, Boston
  • The Greenway Carousel, Boston
  • Fort Devens Museum, Devens
  • Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Holyoke
  • International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke
  • The Old Manse, The Trustees, Concord
  • JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis

The Franklin Park Zoo, which is free to the public on Aug. 11.

August 11

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
  • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis
  • Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester
  • Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester
  • Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket
  • Smith College Museum of Art, Northhampton
  • Naumkeag, The Trustees, Stockbridge

August 18

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
  • Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee
  • Concord Museum, Concord
  • Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
  • Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst

The USS Constitution Museum, which is free to the public on Aug. 25.

August 25

  • Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park, Boston
  • USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown
  • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
  • Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), North Adams
  • Nantucket Whaling Museum, Nantucket
  • The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Fall River
  • Museum of African American History, Boston
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster
  • Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich