Free Fun Fridays are Back!

free fun fridays 2013 Free Fun Fridays are back for 2013!  Sponsored by the Highland Foundation, Free Fun Fridays offers FREE admission to 60 local museums and cultural venues throughout the summer, (six venues each week), starting June 28th.  Check out this year’s schedule and mark your calendars now!   The full schedule, with links to each venue’s hours of operation, etc., can be found here.  For more information on Free Fun Fridays, visit or call 617.969.8900.

June 28th
Freedom Trail Foundation
Mass MoCA
Worcester Art Museum
Heritage Museum & Gardens

July 5th
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Martha’s Vineyard Museum
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
Volleyball Hall of Fame
Peabody Essex Museum

July 12th
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Pilgrim Hall Museum
Museum of Russian Icons
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

July 19th
JFK Library & Museum
Reagle Music Theatre
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Danforth Art
Hancock Shaker Village
Garden in the Woods

July 26th
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
New England Historical Genealogical Society
American Textile History Museum
Children’s Museum in Easton
Amelia Park Children’s Museum
Higgins Armory Museum

August 2nd
Boston Children’s Museum
Franklin Park Zoo
Arnold Arboretum
Fuller Craft Museum
Wenham Museum
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

August 9th
Boston Harbor Island Alliance
The Sports Museum
Battleship Cove
Ocean Explorium
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
The Eric Carle Museum

August 16th
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
USS Constitution Museum
Edward Gorey House
Springfield Museums
Berkshire Museum

August 23rd
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Museum of African American History
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Fitchburg Art Museum
Fruitlands Museum
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

August 30th
Plimoth Plantation
The Discovery Museums
New Repertory Theatre
Norman Rockwell Museum
The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home

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Can groups attend?
Due to the popularity of Free Fun Fridays, we recommend that groups call their venue of choice several weeks in advance to ensure that the venue is able to accommodate them during their free day. Given the large number of participants, groups may opt to visit a site on another day to fully enjoy all of the venue’s offerings.

Are the events really free?
YES! Individuals and families can visit all participating venues for free (parking may cost extra depending on the venue).

What hours are free?
The open hours vary from venue to venue. Please see the weekly pages which can be found by clicking on a week or venue from our schedule page and/or each venue’s individual website for more details about hours of operation, directions, parking, etc.

Where can I get more information about a specific venue i.e. hours of operation, parking, etc.?
For additional information, please click on the name of an individual venue on our schedule page and you will be redirected a weekly page which contains this information. Additional information can also be found on the link to their website.

Do you have to be in any special category to get in?
No, for most venues there are no age, residency, membership, or other requirements to participate. The only exception is the Reagle Music Theatre, which requires all guests to be at least 5 years of age.

Are there tickets involved?
For most venues, there is no ticket, ID, coupon, or password required The New Repertory Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Freedom Trail Foundation and Boston Harbor Island Alliance do require tickets. Please click on each organization for more information.

Is there anything else I should know?
Please read the additional information in each week’s detailed page to learn more about venues with special considerations concerning their Free Fun Friday. If you have additional questions please contact Highland Street or the individual venue.

* FAQ from the Highland Street Foundation website.

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