Tea Party strategizing in the Old South Meeting House. Photo courtesy of Caroline Talbot Photography
Tea Party strategizing in the Old South Meeting House. Photo courtesy of Caroline Talbot Photography

Free Admission for Kids at Boston Museums and Attractions

Boston boasts some of the best museums, zoos, and theme parks in America, but those cool experiences can come at a steep cost. But here's a secret: Many museums and attractions in Massachusetts are free for little kids, and in some cases, all kids. Mommy Poppins has set out to uncover these freebies—54 of them, in fact!

If you're working your way through our Boston Kids' 100 Things to Do bucket list, you may want to coordinate with the cut-off ages below; some of the museums you can catch on their free admission days, but several other attractions really drive home the bittersweet point that you're only young once. Don't miss our Boston Free Fun Guide for even more ideas for creating special experiences for kids without breaking the bank.

Always Free

Free for kids under 1

Free for kids under 2

Toddlers tour Fenway Park at no charge. Photo courtesy of Smart Destinations/CC BY 2.0

Free for kids under 3

Free for kids under 5

Free for kids under 6

Explore the galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photo courtesy of MFA

Free for kids under 7

Free for kids under 12

Free for kids under 13

Photo by Natasha Moustache/Institute of Contemporary Art

Free for kids under 17

Free for kids under 18

Free for kids under 19

Originally published 2015

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