Visiting Museums in Greater Boston for Free

A couple of weeks ago, we shared the when and the how of visiting museums in the city of Boston for free. Inquiring minds wanted to know: What about the Harvard museums in Cambridge? Well, here is the answer. Read on to find out how to visit museums in Greater Boston (Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville) for free. You might even discover a couple of museums you'd never heard of before!


Harvard Museum of Natural History 
26 Oxford Street (adjacent to Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology)
Free to Massachusetts residents Wednesdays from 3 pm to 5 pm (September through May) and Sunday mornings (year-round) from 9 am to noon (excluding commercial groups). Children under 3 always free.
Members of institutions participating in the ASTC passport program are admitted free, subject to guidelines and restrictions.

Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology 
11 Divinity Avenue (adjacent to HMNH)
Free admission to Massachusetts residents Wednesdays from 3 pm to 5 pm (September through May) and Sunday mornings (year-round) from 9 am to 12 noon (excluding commercial groups).
Children under 3 always free.

Harvard Art Museums - CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION (Fall 2013)
485 Broadway, at the corner of Quincy Street and Broadway
Free for Cambridge Public Library cardholders and children (under 18), Massachusetts residents with valid ID go for free on Saturdays, 10am–noon.

MIT Museum 
Building n51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue
Admission is free every Sunday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (excluding April 14 and April 21, 2013) and 
the second Friday of each month from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Update: MIT Museum is not offering free admission in July and August. 


Museum of International Paper History 
Carriage House, 8 Evans Road
This museum, which is located at the Research Institute of Paper History and Technology, houses the largest toilet paper collection in the world and features a living collection of papermaking plants. It is open to the public Mondays 1-4 pm and admission is free (donations always appreciated, of course).

Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) 
Brookline Access Television, 46 Tappan Street, Top Floor (other locations at the Somerville Theatre and Dedham Community Theatre)
The MOBA gallery at Brookline Access Television is open Monday-Thursday 10 am to 10 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, and admission is free.


Somerville Museum
1 Westwood Rd
The Somerville Museum features exhibitions of local visual arts, history and culture and houses the collections of the Somerville Historical Society in a brick Federal Revival style building. Regular Gallery Hours are Thursdays 2 - 7 pm, Fridays 2 - 5 pm, and Saturdays 12 - 5 pm, and admission is free.

Photo: Bullfinch Staircase at the Somerville Museum

Did we miss your favorite museum in Greater Boston? Leave a comment!


Riverbend Park
- 11:00 AM Pick
Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience
Franklin Park Zoo - 6:00 PM Pick
Sea Chantey Sing-Along
Zoom - various times Pick
Enchanted Garden Adventure
Stevens-Coolidge Place - various times Pick
Hike with Goats
Chestnut Hill Farm - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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