'Free Fun Fridays' Start This Week

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
Worcester Art Museum.

Free Fun Fridays are back this summer to give your wallet a break.

For the 11th year, Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring weekly summer family family, at no cost. From June 28 to August 30, there will be an array of museums, parks, zoos and cultural centers opening their doors each Friday for free.

Peruse gardens and sculptures in the Berkshires, step back in time with a visit to Old Sturbridge Village or Plimoth Plantation, or get up close to sharks and whales on Cape Cod. One hundred venues, stretching from one end of the Bay State to the other, are participating in this year’s program.

Free Fun Fridays are open to all -- not just Massachusetts residents -- and in most cases there is no need to preregister. Just show up, and have fun!

June 28

Lyric Stage Company of Boston - Boston

Cape Ann Museum - Gloucester

Clark Art Institute - Williamstown

MIT Museum - Cambridge

Nichols House Museum - Boston

Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge

Plimoth Plantation - Plymouth

The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home - Lenox

Wenham Museum - Wenham

Worcester Art Museum - Worcester

July 5

Amelia Park Children’s Museum - Westfield

Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Hyannis

Children’s Museum in Easton - North Easton

Edward Gorey House - Yarmouth Port

Falmouth Museums on the Green - Falmouth

Jacob’s Pillow - Becket

Museum of Printing - Haverhill

Pilgrim Hall Museum - Plymouth

The Old Manse, The Trustees - Concord

The Telephone Museum - Waltham

July 12

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

Charles River Watershed Association - Weston

Chesterwood - Stockbridge

Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River - Fall River

Gloucester Stage Company - Gloucester

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center - Great Barrington

New England Quilt Museum - Lowell

The Patriots Hall of Fame - Foxborough

Smith College Museum of Art - Northampton

Springfield Museums - Springfield

July 19

Boston Children’s Museum - Boston

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University - Jamaica Plain

Battleship Cove - Fall River

Cape Cod Children’s Museum - Mashpee

Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association - Nantucket

New England Historic Genealogical Society - Boston

Peabody Essex Museum - Salem

Sandwich Glass Museum - Sandwich

Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History - Weston

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art - Amherst

July 26

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston

Edward M. Kennedy Institute of the U.S. Senate - Dorchester

Cape Cod Museum of Art - Dennis

Commonwealth Museum - Boston

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company - Babson Park

Fitchburg Art Museum - Fitchburg

Historic Deerfield - Deerfield

Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Brookline

The Gardens at Elm Bank (Mass Hort) - Wellesley

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum - Lenox

August 2

Franklin Park Zoo - Boston

Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood - Lenox

Chatham Shark Center - Chatham

Children’s Museum at Holyoke - Holyoke

Concord Museum - Concord

International Volleyball Hall of Fame - Holyoke

Lynn Museum - Lynn

Museum of Russian Icons - Clinton

Naumkeag, The Trustees - Stockbridge

Old State House - Boston

August 9

Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park - Boston

Davis Museum at Wellesley College - Wellesley

Gore Place - Waltham

Hancock Shaker Village - Hancock

JFK Hyannis Museum - Hyannis

Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists - Roxbury

New Bedford Whaling Museum - New Bedford

Old Colony History Museum - Taunton

Worcester Historical Museum - Worcester

The Greenway Carousel - Boston

August 16

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum - Boston

Berkshire Theatre Group - Pittsfield

Cahoon Museum of American Art - Cotuit

Discovery Museum - Acton

Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees - Harvard

Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton

Paragon Carousel - Hull

Provincetown Art Association & Museum - Provincetown

USS Constitution Museum - Boston

August 23

The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston

Berkshire Museum - Pittfield

Boston Athenaeum - Boston

Buttonwood Park Zoo - New Bedford

Emily Dickinson Museum - Amherst

Fort Devens Museum - Devens

Freedom Trail Foundation - Boston

Heritage Museums & Gardens - Sandwich

Museum of African American History - Boston

The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium - Boston

August 30

Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Brewster

Griffin Museum of Photography - Winchester

Hull Lifesaving Museum - Hull

Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary - Topsfield

MASS MoCA - North Adams

Museum of the First Corps of Cadets - Boston

Osterville Historical Museum - Osterville

Capron Park Zoo - Attleboro

EcoTarium - Worcester