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

Free Fun Fridays will take place from June 29 to Aug. 31.

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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.

Chatham Shark Center

A replica of a great white shark’s jaws and teeth are displayed at the Chatham Shark Center in Chatham.

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

  • Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston
  • MIT Museum, Cambridge
  • Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge
  • Nantucket Whaling Museum, Nantucket
  • The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox
  • Concord Museum, Concord
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
  • Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
  • Children’s Museum in Easton, Easton
  • Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port

July 6

  • Boston Children’s Museum, Boston
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis
  • Battleship Cove, Fall River
  • Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Westfield
  • Gore Place, Waltham
  • Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth
  • Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth
  • New England Quilt Museum, Lowell

The Boston Children’s Museum is a family favorite.

July 13

  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Boston
  • Charles River Watershed Association, Weston
  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline
  • Chesterwood, Stockbridge
  • The Telephone Museum, Waltham
  • Venfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, Lenox
  • The Sports Museum, Boston
  • Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Holyoke
  • International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

July 20

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

July 27

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Lenox
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare, Boston
  • JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis
  • Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
  • Old Colony History Museum, Taunton
  • Boston Athenaeum, Boston
  • Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich
  • Arnold Arboretum, Boston
  • Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton

Naumkeag House and Gardens in Stockbridge.

August 3

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

August 10

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

August 17

  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
  • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
  • Commonwealth Museum, Boston
  • Lynn Museum, Lynn
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston
  • Fort Devens Museum, Devens
  • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees, Harvard
  • Old State House, Boston
  • Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
  • Museum of the First Corps of Cadets, Boston

Birds fly over a sign near the entrance of Mass MoCA.

August 24

  • Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Cambridge
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
  • Mass MoCA, North Adams
  • Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee
  • Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton
  • The Old Manse, The Trustees, Concord
  • Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst
  • Hull Life Saving Museum, Hull
  • Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket

August 31

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