boston free museums

Taking advantage of Museum Free Days is a great way to see and visit Boston on a budget!

I have a page on Boston on Budget that tries to list every discount and deal for every Boston attraction, but I know it can be a little overwhelming especially if you are just looking for a free museum to visit or are looking for plans for a specific day!

This is an old favorite post updated for 2019. Please let me know if I missed any free Museum days in the Greater Boston area!

Here are Boston (and beyond) museums where you can get free admission by each day:

Wednesdays:

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is free on Wednesdays after 4 pm with a voluntary contribution (suggested donation of $25)
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year with ID
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year with ID
11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Thursdays:

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has Free Admission on Thursday nights from 5-9pm
100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA is free on Thursdays from 5-9pm
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Fridays:

Boston Children’s Museum offers $1 admission (almost free!) from 5-9pm every Friday night
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

Boston Fire Museum is free during open hours on Friday from 5-8PM 
344 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110 (*very close to the Children’s Museum if you want to do both)

Saturdays:

Harvard Art Museum in Cambridge is free for Massachusetts residents from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturdays (Free daily for Cambridge residents!)
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Boston Fire Museum is free during open hours on Saturday from 9:30 am to 4 pm and it’s one of the more underrated things to do in Boston on the weekend.
344 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

Sundays:

Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Sunday morning from 9 am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Sunday morning from 9 am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA offers free admission on the first Sunday of each month (Saturday too if you are a Bank of America cardholder)
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609

MIT Museum in Cambridge offers free admission the last Sunday of every month, September to June
265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

Always Free Museums:

U.S.S. Constitution: The U.S.S. Constitution Museum is free (with a suggested donation for $10-15 per adult though) and guided tours of the boat are free all week long. Hours vary depending on if it’s summer or winter, so make sure you check times before you go. *make sure to bring your ID/passport*
Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown, MA 02129

Boston University Art Gallery is free daily (closed on Mondays).
855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Commonwealth Museum is free during open hours Monday-Friday 9-5pm and open seasonally 9-3 on the weekends from May to October, closed on holidays
220 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125

Massachusetts State House: Free walking tours of the building and collections from 10-3:30pm on weekdays

Otis House is free for Boston residents, $10 for adults otherwise
141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114

Waterworks Museum is free (suggested donation of $5) during open hours which vary depending on season. It’s a great place to learn about one of the first city water systems in the USA.
2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02467

The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA is always free when they are open (Wednesday-Sunday 1-4pm).
189 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA 02331

Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC) Museum is free to the public every weekday from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Located on the 4th Floor of Faneuil Hall on the Freedom Trail, the museum has over 300 years of history on display with firearms, swords, uniforms, and other artifacts on display.

Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA 02109

The Battle of Bunker Hill Museum is located along the Freedom Trail just across the street from the monument. It has some great exhibits on the battle, the monument, and the history of Charleston. The museum is always free and is open daily 10 am to 6 pm.

43 Monument Sq., Charlestown, MA 02129

The Warren Anatomical Museum Gallery is free and open to the public every weekday from 9 am to 5 pm during academic sessions. It’s an interesting place for those with interest in medical science. Located on the Harvard Medical School campus.

10 Shattuck St., Boston, MA 02115

Also, Boston Library Cardholders can receive discount and free admission to some of Boston’s best museums. For example, BPL cardholders can receive free admission for up to four people for the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium. You do need to make reservations in advance, especially during vacation weeks and other popular times! Any Massachusetts resident can become a Boston Library Cardholder and a reserve a pass, or check with your town library for their museum passes.

Bank of America Cardholders can also receive free admission to many museums like the MFA and MIT Museum the first weekend of every month with Bank of America’s Museums On Us program.

Don’t forget to check out Boston Discount Attractions page for so many other great discounts on Boston Museums, Attractions, Fun, and more!

And please let me know in the comments below if I missed any free museum days in the Greater Boston Area! Thanks!