UPDATED: Cheap Fun in the Greater Boston Area!

As you may know, Boston on Budget has a page dedicated to the cheap fun and free things to do in the city. Well, it is updated! Now you will be able to select an activity (like the Museum of Science) and find all the discounts they offer.

Please keep in mind that discounts and deals can change at any time, so it’s best to contact the company directly if you have any questions. I will try to keep this list as up-to-date as possible, and will add new deals and discounts often.

If you know of any deals or discounts in the Boston area, please let me know in the comments or send me an e-mail at Kate @ Bostononbudget.com or tweet me at @Bostononbudget!

You can view all the best deals and discounts anytime here but I’ve also a sample of the Museum discounts below, but there is much more on the main page!

Museum of Fine Arts:

  • Free on Wednesdays after 4pm (suggested donation of $25)
  • Free Days: Monday, January 21, 2013 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); Monday, May 27, 2013 (Memorial Day); and Monday, October 14, 2013 (Fall Open House)
  • Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Cardholders: Free for the first weekend of each month with bank card, part of the Museums on Us program. (One per person—not family).
  • Discounted pass for $10 per person, up to 2 people, reserved in advance through the Boston Public Library program.
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass

Museum of Science:

  • Free pass up to four people with advanced reservation through the Boston Public Library or possibly free or discounted at your local library
  • Free admission to the exhibits with MOS membership
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass

New England Aquarium:

  • $5 off Admission during Aquarium construction (Winter 2013)
  • Members: Free admission with an aquarium membership
  • Teachers: All Massachusetts Teachers (K-12) receive free admission and a 10% discount to the gift shop with valid ID
  • College students: $20.95 discount admission with valid college ID and only $7.95 for an IMAX movie
  • Free pass from September to June (up to 4 people) through the Boston Public Library with advanced reservation with BPL card or through your local library program
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass

Institute of Contemporary Art:

  • Free Admission on Thursday nights from 5-9pm
  • Free for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 and under) the last Saturday of each month (except December)
  • Free Admission for Children 17 and younger
  • Discounted passes at $5 per person (up to 2 adults) through the Boston Public Library available at Jamaica Plain and Central Library
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Boston Children’s Museum:

  • Target Friday nights from 5-9pm with $1 admission per person
  • Receive Half Price admission when you visit during the last hour (at 4pm)      Saturday-Thursdays
  • Mass EBT cardholders: $2 discounted rate on cash admission, up to 4 people with valid EBT card and photo ID
  • New England Teachers: Receive free admission for active NE teachers grades K-8 with valid work ID, union card or paycheck and photo ID.
  • Military Discount: Active Military Personnel or dependent will receive      complimentary admission with valid ID
  • Library Patrons: Receive half-off admission for up to 4 people with your library      card (More information here)
  • Bank of America Employees: Free admission for up to 2 people with valid IDs
  • WGBH members: Receive a $1 off admission for up to 4 people with current      membership card and photo ID
  • Red Sox Kid Nation: Kids that are members of Red Sox Nation can receive $2 off admission with membership card
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Isabella Gardner Stewart Museum:

  • Free admission on your birthday. If your birthday falls on a Tuesday when it’s closed, you can visit on Monday or Wednesday for free.
  • Receive $2 off admission when you visit the MFA within two days apart or show your MFA membership to receive the discount
  • If your name is Isabella, you can get in free… for life.
  • Red Sox Fans: Wear your gear and receive $2 off your admission… Go Sox!
  • Free admission for college students at participating universities
  • Discounted pass at $5 per person (up to 4 people on weekdays & 2 people on weekends/holidays) with Boston Public Library card, available at Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and Central Library
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

JFK Library and Museum:

  • Discounted pass at $3 per person (up to 2 adults) available  at Central Library and Jamaica Plain through the Boston Public Library program
  • AAA Members: Save $2 with your AAA membership card
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Old State House:

Commonwealth Museum:

  • Always free, with free parking

USS Constitution Museum:

  • Free admission for active military personnel and families with valid ID, part of Blue Star Museums
  • Suggested donation of $5 per adult, $3 for senior citizens, and $2 for children, but any amount is greatly appreciated
  • USS Constitution Cruise: Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum:

Old South Meeting House:

Larz Anderson Auto Museum:

  • Free pass (admits one family) available through the Boston Public Library program at the Jamaica Plain location
  • Free admission for members
  • AAA Members: 50% off admission for up to 2 people

Harvard Museum of Natural History:

  • Current Harvard ID holders and one guest are admitted free
  • Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
  • Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
  • Coupon for $4 per person (up to four people) with no reservation needed through the Boston Public Library with your BPL library card, call for availability beforehand
  • Free admission for active duty members military year round, part of Blue Star Museums
  • ASTC passport Members: Free admission, some limitations may apply
  • Recycled Bank Members: Buy 1, Get 1 admission free with 200 recycled bank points
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology:

  • Current Harvard ID holders are admitted free
  • Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
  • Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
  • Members of the Peabody Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Semitic Museum, or Harvard Museum of Natural History receive free admission
  • AAA Members: Save $1 on admission, up to 5 people in party
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Harvard Art Museum:

  • Children under 18 are free
  • Harvard students and affiliates (and one guest) are free
  • Cambridge Public Library cardholders are free
  • Massachusetts Residents are free on Saturdays from 10am to Noon with valid ID

MIT Museum:

  • Admission is free every Sunday morning from 10am-12pm (excluding April 14th & April 21st)
  • The second Friday of each month from 5-8pm is free
  • Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Cardholders: Free for the first weekend of each month with bank card, part of the Museums on Us program. (One per person—not family).
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation (Waltham):

  • AAA Members: Save $2 off adult admission & $1 off senior citizen admission at the door
  • Free for active military personnel and veterans

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA):

  • AAA Members: Save $1 on General Admission
  • Salem, MA residents are admitted free (does not include groups)
  • Youth 16 and under are free
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Salem Witch Museum (Salem, MA):

  • Check your local MA library for free or discount passes
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

The Hall at Patriot Place (Foxborough):

  • AAA Members: Save 10% on adult tickets for up to six people

Battleship Cove (Fall River):

  • AAA members: Save $2 on admission, up to four people in a party
  • Military personnel in uniform (and other select military personnel here) receive free admission
  • Mass Teachers Association Members receive free admission
  • Big Y Food Club Members receive $2 off admission

Enjoy!