Here are the 100 museums and attractions offering free Friday admission this summer

In 2019, Free Fun Fridays will take place from June 28 to Aug. 30.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be free on July 26. Nic Lehoux

Summer Fridays will again bring loads of free cultural activities statewide when the Free Fun Fridays program returns on June 28.

The initiative, which will be in its 11th year in 2019, is sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation and offers free admission to 10 museums and attractions across Massachusetts during 10 consecutive summer Fridays. This year, it will run from June 28 to Aug. 30.

The program drew 153,000 visitors in 2018 and has welcomed a total of 1.3 million people since its inception in 2009, according to a Highland Street Foundation press release.

Capron Park Zoo

Lions living at Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, a new venue participating in Free Fun Fridays this year.


2019’s theme is “Your ticket to summer fun,” and three new venues have joined the lineup: the Museum of Printing in Haverhill (July 5), Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro (Aug. 30), and Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield (Aug. 30).

They’ll join returning museums and venues, such as the Boston Children’s Museum (July 19), Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge (Aug. 30), and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge (June 28), as well as returning musical and dramatical groups, such as the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston (July 26), the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in Lenox (Aug. 2), and the Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge (Aug. 16).

As in years past, the deal is extended to guests of all ages, whether they live in state or out of state, and parking and transportation are not included.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Visitors at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

The Highland Street Foundation, an organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for Massachusetts families, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

“As Highland Street Foundation turns 30, we continue our efforts to increase access and opportunities for children and families in Massachusetts,” said Blake Jordan, the executive director of the Highland Street Foundation, in a statement. “We’re very excited that in our 11th year, Free Fun Fridays and our partner institutions will offer enrichment, entertainment and education in every region of the state. There are so many options in 2019, we’re looking forward to a great summer.”


Here is the Free Fun Fridays schedule for summer 2019:

June 28

  • Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston
  • Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
  • Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
  • MIT Museum, Cambridge
  • Nichols House Museum, Boston
  • Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
  • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
  • The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox
  • Wenham Museum, Wenham
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

July 5

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis
  • Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Westfield
  • Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth
  • Children’s Museum, Easton
  • Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port
  • Jacob’s Pillow, Becket
  • Museum of Printing, Haverhill
  • The Old Manse, Trustees, Concord
  • The Telephone Museum, Waltham

July 12

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • The Hall at Patriot Place, Foxborough
  • Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Fall River
  • Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester
  • New England Quilt Museum, Lowell
  • Smith College of Art, Northampton
  • Springfield Museums, Springfield
  • Charles River Watershed Association, Weston
  • Chesterwood, Stockbridge
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

July 19

  • Boston Children’s Museum, Boston
  • Arnold Arboretum, Boston
  • Battleship Cove, Fall River
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
  • Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
  • New England Historical Genealogical Society, Boston
  • Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket
  • Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Weston

July 26

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, Boston
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis
  • Commonwealth Museum, Boston
  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline
  • The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley
  • Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, Lenox
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston
  • Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
  • Historic Deerfield, Deerfield

Aug. 2

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
  • Old State House, Boston
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Lenox
  • Chatham Shark Center, Chatham
  • Children’s Museum of Holyoke, Holyoke
  • Concord Museum, Concord
  • International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke
  • Lynn Museum, Lynn
  • Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton
  • Naumkeag, The Trustees, Stockbridge

Aug. 9

  • Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, Boston
  • Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley
  • Gore Place, Waltham
  • Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
  • JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford
  • Old Colony History Museum, Taunton
  • Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester
  • Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston
  • The Greenway Carousel, Boston

Aug. 16

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
  • USS Constitution Museum, Boston
  • Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge
  • Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit
  • Discovery Museums, Acton
  • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton
  • Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Cambridge
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown
  • Paragon Carousel, Hull
  • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees, Harvard

Aug. 23

  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
  • Boston Athenaeum, Boston
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
  • Emily Dickenson Museum, Amherst
  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium, Boston
  • Fort Devens Museum, Devens
  • Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston
  • Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
  • Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket

Aug. 30

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
  • EcoTarium, Worcester
  • Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams
  • Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster
  • Museum of the First Corps of Cadets, Boston
  • Hull Lifesaving Museum, Hull
  • Osterville Historical Museum, Osterville
  • Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester