Arts + Entertainment

Here’s the Free Fun Fridays 2019 Schedule

100 museums, theaters, and landmarks across the state will offer free admission this summer.


Gardner Museum, JFK Library, MFA

Gardner Museum photo by Lloyd Mallison, JFK Library photo by Maciek Lulko on Flickr/Creative Commons, MFA photo by Tessa Yannone

Lace up your walking shoes, gas up the car, and don’t worry about keeping your wallet too close—the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays are back. Every summer for the past 10 years, the foundation has offered free admission to dozens of museums and arts institutions across Massachusetts on select Fridays. This year’s program will span 10 consecutive Fridays—beginning June 28 and continuing through August 30—with 100 venues welcoming visitors at no cost.

Will you spend July 5 taking in dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow, or exploring Waltham’s Telephone Museum? Will you take a free kayaking lesson on the Charles on July 12, or wander the air-conditioned halls of the MFA (which, by the way, is free all June to BPL cardholders)? The possibilities are near endless, so go forth and itinerize!

Here’s the full schedule:

June 28
Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Cape Ann Museum
Clark Art Institute
MIT Museum
Nichols House Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum
Plimoth Plantation
The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home
Wenham Museum
Worcester Art Museum

July 5
Amelia Park Children’s Museum
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Children’s Museum in Easton
Edward Gorey House
Falmouth Museums on the Green
Jacob’s Pillow
Museum of Printing
Pilgrim Hall Museum
The Old Manse, Trustees
The Telephone Museum

July 12
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Charles River Watershed Association
Chesterwood
Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River
Gloucester Stage Company
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
New England Quilt Museum
The Hall at Patriot Place
Smith College of Art
Springfield Museums

July 19
Boston Children’s Museum
Arnold Arboretum
Battleship Cove
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
New England Historical Genealogical Society
Peabody Essex Museum
Sandwich Glass Museum
Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

July 26
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Commonwealth Museum
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Fitchburg Art Museum
Historic Deerfield
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
The Gardens at Elm Bank (Mass Hort)
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum

August 2
Franklin Park Zoo
Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood
Chatham Shark Center
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
Concord Museum
International Volleyball Hall of Fame
Lynn Museum
Museum of Russian Icons
Naumkeag, the Trustees
Old State House

August 9
Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park
Davis Museum at Wellesley College
Gore Place
Hancock Shaker Village
JFK Hyannis Museum
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Old Colony History Museum
The Greenway Carousel
Worcester Historical Museum

August 16
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Berkshire Theatre Group
Cahoon Museum of American Art
Discovery Museums
Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees
Fuller Craft Museum
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Paragon Carousel
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
USS Constitution Museum

August 23
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Berkshire Museum
Boston Athenaeum
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Emily Dickinson Museum
Fort Devens Museum
Freedom Trail Foundation
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Museum of African American History
The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium

August 30
Old Sturbridge Village
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Capron Park Zoo
EcoTarium
Griffin Museum of Photography
Hull Lifesaving Museum
Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass MoCA
Museum of the First Corps of Cadets
Osterville Historical Museum