Free Fun Fridays Taking Place All Summer

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
100 Things To Do at 10 Venues, 10 FridaysThis Summer


Did you know that every Friday over the summer you can enjoy some of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts -- without spending a thing? Dozens of museums and other cultural institutions in every corner of the state open their doors for free to the community as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays.

 The program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout the Bay State during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free. Since 2009, Free Fun Fridays has drawn more than 900,000 visitors to venues from Cape Cod to the Berkshires.

Free Fun Fridays is not just for Massachusetts residents; everyone from everywhere is encouraged to attend. Kids, parents, teenagers, grandparents --everyone gets in for free! Aside from venues offering plays or live performances, no advance notice is required (exceptions include Berkshire Theatre, Boston Harbor Islands, Freedom Trail and Lyric Stage).

2018 Free Fun Friday Schedule

June 29

Lyric Stage Company of Boston - Boston

MIT Museum - Cambridge

Berkshire Theatre Group - Stockbridge

Nantucket Whaling Museum - Nantucket

The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home - Lenox

Concord Museum - Concord

Worcester Art Museum - Worcester

Clark Art Museum - Williamstown

Children’s Museum in Easton - Easton

Edward Gorey House - Yarmouth Port

July 6

Boston Children’s Museum - Boston

Peabody Essex Museum - Salem

Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Hyannis

Battleship Cove - Fall River

Amelia Park Children’s Museum - Westfield

Gore Place - Waltham

Falmouth Museums on the Green - Falmouth

Hancock Shaker Village - Pittsfield

Pilgrim Hall Museum - Plymouth

New England Quilt Museum - Lowell

July 13

Edward M. Kennedy Institute - Boston

Charles River Watershed Association - Weston

Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Brookline

Chesterwood - Stockbridge

The Telephone Museum - Waltham

Venfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum - Lenox

The Sports Museum - Boston

Children’s Museum at Holyoke - Holyoke

International Volleyball Hall of Fame - Holyoke

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center -Great Barrington

July 20

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

Gloucester Stage Company - Gloucester

The Garden at Elm Bank (Mass Hort) - Wellesley

Chatham Shark Center - Chatham

New Bedford Whaling Museum -New Bedford

Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association - Nantucket

Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History - Weston

Springfield Museums - Springfield

The Discovery Museum - Acton

The Hall at Patriot Place - Foxborough

July 27

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston

Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood - Lenox

Commonwealth Shakespeare - Boston

JFK Hyannis Museum - Hyannis

Fitchburg Art Museum - Fitchburg

Old Colony History Museum - Taunton

Boston Athenaeum - Boston

Sandwich Glass Museum - Sandwich

Arnold Arboretum - Boston

Museum of Russian Icons - Clinton

August 3

Franklin Park Zoo - Boston

Cape Cod Museum of Art - Dennis

The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River - Fall River

Davis Museum at Wellesley College - Wellesley

Naumkeag, The Trustees - Stockbridge

Worcester Historical Museum - Worcester

Osterville Historical Museum - Osterville

Historic Deerfield - Deerfield

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art - Amherst

Paragon Carousel - Hull

August 10

Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park - Boston

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston - Boston

Jacob’s Pillow - Becket

Cahoon Museum of American Art - Cotuit

Nichols House Museum - Boston

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

Wenham Museum - Wenahm

Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton

The Greenway Carousel - Boston

Freedom Trail Foundation - Boston

August 17

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum - Boston

Plimoth Plantation - Plymouth

Commonwealth Museum - Boston

Lynn Museum - Lynn

New England Historic Genealogical Society - Boston

Fort Devens Museum - Devens

Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees - Harvard

Old State House - Boston

Berkshire Museum - Pittsfield

Museum of the First Corps of Cadets - Boston

August 24

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture - Cambridge

Buttonwood Park Zoo - New Bedford

MASS MoCA - North Adams

Heritage Museums & Gardens - Sandwich

Cape Cod Children’s Museum - Mashpee

Smith College Museum of Art - Northampton

The Old Manse, The Trustees - Concord

Emily Dickinson Museum - Amherst

Hull Lifesaving Museum - Hull

Museum of African American History - Boston & Nantucket

August 31

Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge

EcoTarium - Worcester

Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Brewster

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center - North Chatham

USS Constitution Museum - Boston

Cape Ann Museum - Gloucester

Griffin Museum of Photography - Winchester

Provincetown Art Association and Museum - Provincetown

The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium - Boston