Every Friday, I feature a fun and budget-friendly option in the Greater Boston area. The “Feature Friday” is typically mentioned on the Cheap Eats list, Free Things to Do in Boston, or Discount Attractions. However, there’s so much budget-friendly ideas on my pages, I thought it would be fun to feature something budget-friendly and different each week. Also, each Feature Friday is something I have personal experience with or took advantage of recently! Enjoy!
This tip been mentioned on the blog many times before, but I wanted to highlight my experience this week as a Feature Friday post!
The Boston Public Library offers free and discount museum passes to many local attractions in Boston and more with your Boston Library card. Any Massachusetts resident can become a BPL cardholder. I went to a local branch with my Massachusetts ID and received my BPL card in a matter of minutes.
Your Boston Library Card can give you free admission and discount admission to many different museums and attractions in the Boston area. For more details about the various discounts and more, please head here.
Once you have a BPL card and know what museum you want to visit, head over to the BPL website to reserve a museum pass. (You can also do this in person or over the phone as well.)
In order to request a museum pass online, you need to enter your library bar code which is the set of numbers on your BPL card. You also need to enter a pin number which is a personal pin number created by you. If you forgot your bar code, just hit the forgot pin number button that appears.
Once you enter your information for the pass you want, that’s it. You just need to head to the library that you picked to grab the pass.
I took advantage of free admission to the Museum of Science for up to 4 guests with my BPL card.
It took a few minutes to request the pass online and about 5-10 minutes extra to stop at the library before heading to the Museum of Science. If I didn’t request the library passes, I would have spent $92 at the Museum of Science for admission for myself and 3 guests. Pretty great deal.
I didn’t need to wait in line to exchange the pass for tickets and just needed to hand the usher my library pass at MOS. However, your experience may vary on museum and library pass.
As mentioned, any Massachusetts resident can take advantage of this offer, but you do need to be present to pick up the museum pass at a Boston library. However, your local library in your own town may also offer similar (or better) local discounts to your favorite attractions.
For more information and all terms, please head here.
Have you taken advantage of your BPL card for free museum passes before? How was your experience?