Highland Street Foundation's "Free Fun Fridays," a summer program that provides free admission to dozens of treasured cultural institutions throughout Massachusetts, kicks off its 2017 season on June 23.
For 10 consecutive Fridays, admission to multiple participating venues statewide, including museums, historic houses, performing arts centers, and zoos, will be free.
"Since its inception in 2009, Free Fun Fridays has drawn more than 1,000,000 visitors to venues throughout the Commonwealth. Last year alone, the program reached more than 160,000 people, with many partner institutions, such as The Mount in Lenox, The Old State House in Boston, the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, and the EcoTarium in Worcester, experiencing record-breaking attendance," said Blake Jordan, Highland Street Foundation executive director. He expects those numbers will increase again this year with the program's expansion to 85 locations.
The Highland Street Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation established in 1989 by The McGrath family. Since its creation, the family and the foundation have contributed more than $170 million to hundreds of non-profit organizations and programs, such as Free Fun Fridays, benefitting veterans, youth, and families.
To learn more about Free Fun Fridays and Highland Street Foundation, visit highlandstreet.org or facebook.com/HighlandStreet and on Twitter @HighlandStreet. The following institutions are participating in Free Fun Fridays 2017:
June 23 * Lyric Stage Company of Boston * Mary Baker Eddy Library (Boston) * The Sports Museum (Boston) * Clark Art Institute (Williamstown) * The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home (Lenox) * Worcester Art Museum * Peabody Essex Museum (Salem) * The Discovery Museums (Acton)
June 30 * Boston Children's Museum * MIT Museum (Cambridge) * Normal Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge) * Springfield Museums * EcoTarium (Worcester) * Maritime Gloucester New Bedford Whaling Museum * The Gardens at Elm Bank (Wellesley)
July 7 * Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum (Lenox) * Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington) * Amelia Park Children's Museum (Westfield) * Falmouth Museums on the Green * Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth) * Children's Museum in Easton * The Hall at Patriot Place
July 14 * Edward M. Kennedy Institute (Boston) * The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum (Chestnut Hill) * Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (Cambridge) * Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline) * Provincetown Art Association and Museum * Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port) * Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton) * Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester)
July 21 * Museum of Fine Arts, Boston * Tanglewood (Lenox) * Boston Athenaeum * The Museum of the NCAA (Boston) * The Fruitlands Museum (Harvard) * Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History (Weston) * Lynn Museum * Hancock Shaker Village * Sandwich Glass Museum
July 28 * John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum * Commonwealth Museum (Boston) * Arnold Arboretum (Boston) * The Eric Carle Museum (Amherst) * Berkshire Theatre Group (Stockbridge) * Historic Deerfield * Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis) * Wenham Museum * Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston)
August 4 * Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Boston) * Old State House * The Greenway Carousel (Boston) * Fort Devens Museum * Children's Museum at Holyoke * International Volleyball Hall of Fame (Holyoke) * The Old Manse, The Trustees (Concord) * JKF Hyannis Museum
August 11 * Franklin Park Zoo (Boston) * Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton) Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis) * Worcester Historical Museum * Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester) * Fitchburg Art Museum * Jacob's Pillow Dance (Becket) * Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton) * Naumkeag (Stockbridge)
August 18 * The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston * Old Sturbridge Village * Freedom Trail Foundation * Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford) * Cape Cod Children's Museum (Mashpee) * Concord Museum * Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield) * Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)
August 25 * Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park * USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown) * Plimoth Plantation * MASS MoCA (North Adams) * Nantucket Whaling Museum * The Children's Museum of Greater Fall River * Museum of African American History (Boston) * Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster) * Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich)