To select a museum, click “Details/Reserve”, then select which Pass to reserve.
Boston Children’s Museum
Founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau, the Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest children’s museum in the world and one of the few that maintain a collection. Designed for both children and families, the Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, emphasizing hands-on engagement and learning through experience, and employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children.
(PRINTABLE) 1 pass admits 4 people at half price admission. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY.
After receiving a library discount coupon from the library, patrons must then reserve their visit online with Boston Children’s Museum. Due to safety measures walk-ins are not allowed.
Founded in 1886, the Concord Museum is a repository of local history and a gateway to the town of Concord. It educates visitors from around the world about the history of Concord and its continuing influence on American political, literary and cultural life through permanent and changing exhibits, educational programs and publications. Its collection contains a range of unique items from the area, including a Paul Revere lantern; many objects that once belonged to Henry David Thoreau; a reproduction of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study; and furniture, artwork, and objects from the colonial era on.
(RETURNABLE) Each pass admits 4 people at $5.00 off regular admission. Children under 6 are always free.
FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY.
Acton's Discovery Museum, located on a 4-acre campus, is aimed at providing an environment in which play becomes a conduit for learning about science, technology, and nature. The museum’s building contains a number of galleries dedicated to teaching scientific concepts in a fun, hands-on environment, as well as themed play spaces for younger visitors. Outdoors, Discovery Woods includes a nature playscape with a cargo net climb, nest swing and beaver lodges, as well as a treehouse with an observation deck and a bouncy bridge. There are opportunities to practice orienteering with provided maps and instructions on trails on the property. A museum shop is on the premises. The museum building is fully ADA compliant, with exhibits based on Universal Design principles.
(PRINTABLE) Pass allows half-price admission for up to 3 people. Children under 1 year are free. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY.
This pass admits 3 visitors at 1/2 price admission per person; any additional visitors must pay the regular admission price. This pass is NOT a reservation; you must reserve a ticket for a specific day and timeblock prior to coming to the Museum campus. Tickets can be reserved on our website discoveryacton.org or by phone. No on-site ticket reservations will be available. Your tickets are only valid for the date and time you reserve. No payment will be collected online, you will pay when you arrive. Present this pass to Admissions staff when checking in and the discount will be applied to the cost of your visit.
Garden in the Woods (Native Plant Trust)
The Garden in the Woods (Native Plant Trust) displays rare and common native New England plants in a naturalistic setting at its location in Framingham, Massachusetts, attracting visitors from all over the world. Set on 45 acres, it includes two miles of paths that meander over glacier-sculpted ridges and through narrow valleys. A pond, a wooded bog, several springs, and a brook bring a diversity of wildlife into the garden. The garden is maintained by the Native Plant Trust, which works throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and bank seeds for biological diversity, control invasive species, conduct research, and educate the public.
(RETURNABLE) Pass admits 1 adult. Chidren under 5 are free. Garden is open mid-April to mid-October. Pass is for NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY.
Harvard Art Museums
The Harvard Art Museums include three different institutions, all located near each other on the Cambridge campus of the university. The Fogg Museum’s holdings include Western paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings dating from the Middle Ages to the present. The Busch-Reisinger Museum contains Austrian Secession art, German expressionism, 1920s abstraction, and materials related to the Bauhaus, as well as late-medieval sculpture, eighteenth-century art, and noteworthy postwar and contemporary art from German-speaking Europe. The Arthur M. Sackler Museum is dedicated to works from Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.
(RETURNABLE) Pass admits 2 adults. Children 17 and under are always free. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a partnership of museums on the Harvard University Cambridge campus dedicated to the natural world, science, and human cultures. They include the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (comprised of the Harvard University Herbaria, Mineralogical and Geological Museum, and Museum of Comparative Zoology), the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, all located between Oxford St./Divinity Ave area. Of particular note are the famous glass flowers, models commissioned by Harvard in 1886 to aid in the teaching of botany (and made in Germany over the course of more than eight decades), on display in the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
(COUPON) Each pass admits up to 4 visitors at 50% off regular museum admission rates. Pass includes both the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology (PMAE). Open daily 9-5. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY.
Reservation and adherance to vaccination policy is required.
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
The building that houses the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on Fan Pier is the first in the US designed by the architectural firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The museum was founded in 1936 as a sister institution to New York’s MoMA, though it had no permanent collection until starting one after moving into the new building on the waterfront in 2006. In addition to the collection, changing exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming are offered throughout the year.
(COUPON) Pass admits two people with a $5.00 fee per person. The ICA is always free to children 17 and under. The ICA is free to the public on Thursday nights from 5:00 - 9:00, courtesy of Target. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Gardner Museum houses the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a local patron of the arts who died in 1924, in a building she commissioned to look like a 15th century Venetian palazzo. The center of the original building showcases courtyard plantings that reflect the seasons as they evolve throughout the year. In addition to her collection, which remains displayed exactly she arranged it per her will, there are changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events, and an artist-in-residence program. In 2012, the museum opened an addition designed by Renzo Piano that houses a space for their concert series.
(COUPON) Pass admits up to 4 adults for $5 each. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY. Reserve dated discount pass here. You must redeem your printed Museum Pass and reserve timed tickets online or through the Box office at least 48 hours prior to visiting. To redeem online, simply go to gardnermuseum.org/visit ; click "buy now" select the date printed on your Museum Pass and a time slot. Use this promo code to receive your discount (no spaces): MPP27519
You can also redeem your pass over the phone with the Box Office at (617) 278-5156. Tickets and printed Museum Pass from the library must be shown upon entry to the Museum. The promo code above can only be redeemed for the day you have reserved.
John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated to the memory of the nation’s thirty-fifth president, is located on a ten-acre park which overlooks the sea in an building designed by I.M. Pei. The Museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President, all through permanent and changing exhibits. The Library is available to students and scholars to conduct research using its collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of the institution’s namesake.
(PRINTABLE) Pass admits up to 8 people. There is a $3 charge per person for general admission. Children 12 and under are free. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
PLEASE NOTE: This voucher does not guarantee entry. Advanced ticket reservations may be required, based on the Museum's current COVID safety policies.
Please visit https://www.jfklibrary.org/visit-museum/visit/plan-your-trip for more details and to reserve tickets in advance.
Mass Audubon has over 55 wildlife sanctuaries and centers throughout Massachusetts where visitors can learn about and interact with nature. More than 38,000 acres of protected land deliver inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms. Visit their website for a list of locations.
(PRINTABLE) This one-day Library Partner Admission Pass admits up to 4 people to a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. With this pass, admission is discounted to $2 per visitor over the age of 2. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY.
Please visit https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/trails for the latest information, including safety guidelines.
Massachusetts State Parks (Department of Conservation and Recreation)
The Massachusetts State Parks have locations in all regions of the Commonwealth, from Pittsfield to Boston, and from Gloucester to Provincetown. They include beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs, each with its own unique activities and amenities like hiking, biking, swimming and boating, camping, and more.
(RETURNABLE) General admission pass to the State Parks System. ParksPass is valid for the passenger vehicle displaying this pass on rearview mirror. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
Museum of Fine Arts
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in existence since July 4, 1876, is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of almost 500,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary painting, sculpture and video. In addition, there are always special exhibitions on view, opportunities to take advantage of educational programs—some right in the galleries—and a contemplative Japanese garden.
(PRINTABLE) Each pass admits 2 people at $10 per person. Use PROMO CODE IP-1635430 to reserve discounted tickets online, or on site to reserve same-day tickets. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
The Museum of Science in Boston is located on a piece of land that extends the width of the Charles River, connecting Boston and Cambridge. Dedicated to promoting and educating visitors about science and technology, the museum includes a planetarium, the world’s largest open-air Van de Graaff generator, an IMAX theatre, a butterfly garden, and permanent and changing exhibits on birds, insects and animals; space; dinosaurs; engineering; nanotechnology; math; biology; and more.
(PRINTABLE) FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
This pass will admit up to 4 people at a 50% discount on tickets to the Museum’s Exhibit Halls. Children under 3 are not included in the count of 4 and are always admitted for free.
Your Library pass can only be used on the date printed on the pass.
Please bring your library pass confirmation (printed or displayed on a phone) when you visit.
When you arrive at the Museum, stop at the Box Office to exchange your library pass and purchase your Exhibit Halls tickets at the discounted rate. If you have any questions or would like to reserve your Exhibit Halls passes in advance to avoid waiting in line the day of your visit, please call 617-723-2500 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily).
If you are unable to show your Library confirmation on a phone, you may print out a copy using the link in the confirmation email or request a paper copy from the library.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from the giant Pacific octopus to Northern fur seals to little blue penguins. They offer a wide range of exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals. In addition, they have an IMAX theatre and run whale watch boat excursions in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises from April through November.
· This coupon allows 50% off admission to the New England Aquarium.
· Only applies to adult and child pricing.
· This is not a ticket.
· Redeem this coupon in the General Admission line at the Aquarium’s ticket booth for discounted admission for up to 4 people.
· Please visit neaq.org/coupons for details.
· Review the Aquarium’s website at www.neaq.org/safety ahead of your visit to ensure a safe and accessible experience.
· Valid only for Aquarium admission.
· This coupon does not provide any other discounts and cannot be applied to combo tickets.
· Library coupons or tickets obtained with library coupons may not be sold.
· Void if altered or copied. No cash value.
· Hours of operation are subject to change.
FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill
Located in Boylston, MA, and open year-round, the New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill features carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, with a number of trails that traverse the 132-acre property. In addition, there are many programs and events, including classes, lectures, art exhibits and concerts. The Garden is run by the Worcester County Horticultural Society, the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States.
(RETURNABLE) Pass admits two guests at half-price. Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY. Reservations will be required for all visits through December 31, 2021. To reserve tickets, you will need to use the discount code LIBDI and then get the physical pass from the library.
Access the Ticket Reservation System at purchase.towerhillbg.org
New England Quilt Museum
The New England Quilt Museum, part of the Lowell National Historic Park, is fittingly located not far from the old textile manufacturing plants that made the city famous during the industrial revolution. Since its opening in 1987, it has been committed to both craft and fine arts quilts, with a permanent collection, special exhibitions, a library and resource center, classrooms, and a gift shop.
(RETURNABLE) Pass admits 2. Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00. Closed Sundays and Mondays. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum grew out of the collection of East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains whose charter called for acquisition of “natural and artificial curiosities.” Its permanent collection contains art and artifacts of Africa, Asia, India, China (with a Qing Dynasty house brought from the Huizhou region), Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands, and features objects of maritime art and history that include paintings, drawings, ship models, marine decorative arts, tools, weapons, navigational instruments, and ship and yacht plans. It also has a thriving changing exhibition schedule that sometimes includes important traveling shows.
(PRINTABLE) Each pass admits 2 visitors for $12.00 per person. The museum is open Thursdays 10-5, Friday & Saturdays 10-8, and Sundays 10-5. Children 16 and under are admitted free. Not valid for admission to Yin Yu Tang Chinese House (additional $6.00). FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY.
To receive library discount, patrons must first reserve their library museum pass. Then visit https://pem.org/tickets to reserve a timed entry to the museum and any events/ exhibits you wish to attend. Enter promo code LIB268183 in the upper right corner and click submit. This will bring you to the page where you select the date/time, general admission, and events/exhibits you wish to attend. Once that is completed, the next page asks Who Will Attend? Make sure to select Library Discount (do not select Adult)
For Covid-19 restrictions and protocols please visit https://www.pem.org/open/your-health-safety.
Trustees of Reservations (with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum)
The Trustees of Reservations preserve and protect more than 100 special properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value—nearly 25,000 acres—all around Massachusetts. From Crane's Beach in Ipswich and World's End in Hingham to The Old Manse in Concord and Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, visitors to Trustees sites enjoy local history and nature in its various forms: beaches, meadows, forests, swamps and more.
In the summer of 2019, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the largest park of its kind in New England, became part of the Trustees. The museum, located in Lincoln, MA, encompasses nearly 30 conserved acres and presents contemporary art from New England—and beyond—with sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions. For a full list of locations, please visit their web site.
(COUPON) Pass is valid for one-time use at any of the 118 Trustees properties that collect an admission fee, including the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Pass holder will pay an admission fee equivalent to that of a Trustees Family level membership. Two adults and children under 18 included in admission. Pass is not valid for use at Trustees parking kiosks, stores, cafes Inns, Campgrounds, at special events and programs, or in place of any permits or passes. To use GO Passes at Fruitlands, deCordova, or Castle Hill, enter the promo code "GOPASS" when securing a timed ticket. For a complete list of properties go to http://thetrustees.org/
FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
USS Constitution Museum
The museum, a part of the Boston National Historical Park, is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard near the ship USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) at the end of Boston’s Freedom Trail. The museum provides a detailed look at the history of the ship, information about the war of 1812, and the battle between the ship and HMS Java. Stories are told through interactive exhibits, unique artifacts, archival records, and artwork. The museum also includes a research library which houses a strong collection of manuscripts, books, artifacts, and microfilm of primary source material. The ship itself is maintained by the US Navy, and may be visited free of charge on certain days.
(PRINTABLE) Pass admits up to 9 people with free admission to the USS Constitution Museum. Museum is open daily April 1 - October 31 9:00-6:00, and November 1 - March 31 10:00-5:00.
FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
Worcester Art Museum
The Worcester Art Museum is recognized for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media created over the last 5 millennia. Works include those by El Greco, Monet, Rembrandt, Gauguin, van Gogh, Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Paul Revere, and Nam June Paik. Special exhibitions showcase the masterworks, seldom-seen gems, and important works on loan—including some contemporary art. Of note are the floor mosaics from the ancient city of Antioch (Syria) in the entrance, the Japanese print collection, and the “Arms and Armor” collection. There is a café, museum shop, and library on the premises.
(RETURNABLE) Pass admits 2 adults at 50% off admission price. Children 17 and under are always free. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY
Zoo New England
Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo, a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, and the Stone Zoo, located on a 26-acre site near Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. In addition to animals, both zoos are engaged in wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
(COUPON) Pass admits 6 people at $9.00 per adult and $6.00 per child. FOR NEEDHAM RESIDENTS ONLY.