Our up-to-date calendar of FREE Boston Museums, Libraries, Art Galleries, Gardens and Sights offering free admission, suggested admission or suggested and pay-what-you-wish entry for specific days of the week, month or free for select hours. Use the no-cost or low-cost admittance to see a favorite art work, exhibit, gallery or garden. Note that this takes into account general admission only; certain events and special exhibitions may still require a fee. Also, make sure to check our Boston Free Events Calendar for more free events.
Boston Museums with Free Days Calendar | Always Free Museums in Boston | More Free Events
Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215, USA
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr, Boston, MA 02210, USA
Besides free museum days listed in our Free Museums Calendar in Boston above, here are more Always free Museums, Libraries, Gardens and Sights that offer free admission whenever they are open:
Daily | Winter Hours: 10 am - 5 pm | Summer Hours: 9 am - 6 pm
We serve as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her. We seek to engage all ages in the story of Constitution to spark excitement about maritime culture, naval service, and the American experience.
Wednesday – Sunday | Hours: 11 am - 4 pm
The Waterworks Museum interprets the unique stories of one of the country's first metropolitan water systems through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, public health, and Safe Water Access.
Summer: Daily | Winter: Monday – Friday | Weekday Hours: 9 am - 5 pm | Weekend Hours: 9 am - 3 pm
The Commonwealth Museum brings the story to life with state of the art interactive exhibits. Its dramatic “treasures gallery” holds the great historic documents that protect our liberties. Spend an hour or an afternoon and share our common heritage.
Tuesday – Sunday | Intersession Hours: 12 pm - 4 pm | Gallery Hours: 12 pm - 6 pm
The BU Art Galleries serves as a resource of learning and cultural engagement for Boston University and the surrounding metro area. The galleries maintain ongoing rotating exhibitions that allow for a wide scope of art to be featured from all ranges of mediums and artists. Inclusion and welcoming to all are the center of our identity.
Friday & Saturday | Friday Hours: 5 pm - 8 pm | Saturday Hours: 9:30 am - 4 pm
The museum is designed to offer visitors of all ages an opportunity to relive an exciting era in the history of the fire service with the Greater Boston area.
Monday - Friday | Hours: 9 am - 3:30 pm
We were chartered and established as a military company in 1638 to train young gentleman officers for service in the various militias of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Daily | Hours: 10 am - 5 pm
Learn about the history of the site at the Bunker Hill Museum. Here, park staff are available to answer questions and there are restrooms open to the public. Additionally, explore views from the top of the monument through 360 degree Live Webcams.
Monday – Friday | Hours: 9 am - 5 pm
The Warren Museum became one of this country's leading medical museums. Physicians such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., J. B. S. Jackson, Henry Jacob Bigelow, and J. Collins Warren contributed to its holdings. Jackson was the Museum's first curator.
Monday – Friday | Hours: 9 am - 5 pm
William T.G. Morton made history on October 16, 1846 in Massachusetts General Hospital’s surgical amphitheater, now known as the Ether Dome, when he demonstrated the first public surgery using anesthetic (ether). Between 1821 and 1868, more than 8,000 operations were performed in the Ether Dome. Today it is a teaching amphitheater and historical landmark. Visitors can explore the unique architecture and a small collection of artifacts, including an oil painting of the famous first surgery, an Egyptian mummy and early surgical tools.
Daily | Weekday Hours: 9 am - 5 pm | Weekend Hours: 11 am - 5 pm
The Russell Museum is dedicated to drawing connections between innovations spanning more than 200 years, from the hospital’s charter in 1811 to the present day. Visit us for an experience that will inform, inspire and engage.
Monday – Saturday | Exhibition Hours: 10 am - 4 pm
The MHS is an invaluable resource for the study of American history, life, and culture. Its collections tell the story of America through over twelve million documents, artifacts, and national treasures, including the personal papers of three presidents—John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.
Daily | Weekday Hours: 10 am - 5 pm | Mon-Wed, Fri | Weekend Hours: 12 pm - 5 pm | Late Hours: 10 am - 8 pm on Thursday
The McMullen Museum aims to cultivate learning, celebrate artistic excellence, explore the visual traditions of diverse cultures, and inspire transdisciplinary faculty and student research based on the visual arts. The McMullen offers exhibition-related programs and resources for diverse audiences of all ages on campus, in the Greater Boston area, and beyond.
Tuesday – Sunday | Gallery Hours: 12 pm - 6 pm | Tue–Wed, Fri – Sun | Late Hours: 12 pm - 8 pm on Thursday
The List Visual Arts Center is a creative laboratory that provides artists with a space to freely experiment and push existing boundaries. As the contemporary art museum at MIT, the List Center has three gallery spaces where curators present a dynamic program of six to nine contemporary exhibitions annually.
Daily | Hours: 10 am - 7 pm | Monday – Thursday | Weekend Hours: 10 am – 5 pm | Friday & Saturday | Sunday Hours: 1 pm - 5 pm
Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library is a pioneer of public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room.
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