You can visit these 100 museums and attractions for free this summer

A previous Boston Athenaeum Open House. —Lovely Valentine Photo + Film

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This summer, 100 museums and attractions across the state will waive admission fees on designated Fridays.

Free Fun Fridays, a program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, is celebrating its 10th year by offering $0 admission at 10 spots statewide for 10 consecutive summer Fridays, said Blake Jordan, executive director of the foundation. The total number of museums and attractions taking part in this year’s program, which will run from June 29 to Aug. 31, has increased from 85 to 100, Jordan said.

“We wanted to do something special for the 10th anniversary,” he said. “It’s been an amazingly successful program. So to celebrate 10 years, we wanted to go all out. So we said, ‘OK, let’s get to 100.'”


Since the program’s inception, it has attracted 1.2 million visitors, according to Jordan. During its inaugural event in 2008, 60,000 participants visited 10 participating venues, while last year, more than 163,000 people visited 85 participating venues, he said.

A replica of a great white shark’s jaws and teeth are displayed at the Chatham Shark Center in Chatham. —Philip Marcelo / AP Photo

New spots joining in this year include Chesterwood in Stockbridge (July 13), the Chatham Shark Center in Chatham (July 20), the Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Wellesley (Aug. 3), the Paragon Carousel in Hull (Aug. 3), and the Nickols House Museum in Boston (Aug. 10). The Charles River Watershed Association in Weston, another newcomer, will provide free kayaking, fishing lessons, and nature walks on July 13, according to Jordan.

“We’re lucky to live in a state that has so many terrific offerings,” he said. “We’re hoping that people will take the time in the summer to visit for free and, hopefully, continue to go back again and again.”

This year as in year’s past, the deal is for guests of all ages, whether they live in state or out of state. Parking and transportation are not included.

Here is the Free Fun Fridays schedule for this summer:

June 29

July 6

The Boston Children’s Museum is a family favorite. —Les Veilleux

July 13

July 20

July 27

Naumkeag House and Gardens in Stockbridge. — R. Cheek / The Trustees of Reservations

August 3

August 10

August 17

Birds fly over a sign near the entrance of Mass MoCA. —Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

August 24

August 31