Museum Passes

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To select a museum, click “Details/Reserve”, then select which Pass to reserve.

Boating in Boston (Full Day)

Boating in Boston (Full Day)

PO Box 99, Hopkinton, MA 01748
617-299-3392   http://www.boatinginboston.com/
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Boating in Boston has a number of locations on lakes and ponds in the Boston metropolitan area where various watercraft may be rented. Depending on the location, these include sailboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and other boats. The organization also runs boating camps, as well as various classes and workshops for improving skills. A float plan agreement—available on their website and at the boathouse—must be filled out before any rentals may be used.

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Categories: Children, Family, Recreation

Pass Benefits

MELROSE PUBLIC LIBRARY - BOATING IN BOSTON FAMILY PASS:  This pass admits 4 people free of charge (up to 4 boats for up to 2 hours each day) at Spot Pond in Stoneham. (Lake Quannapowett in Wakefield is not currently available with this pass). The season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Boating in Boston limits passes to 2 per season per family.   The pass does not include use of sailboats or provide guaranteed parking.  You will need to fill out a Float Plan Agreement ONE time per season.

1.  Reserve the library pass for the desired date.

2.  You will receive a confirmation email with a "Print Pass" link. 

3.  Go to the Boating in Boston Spot Pond page to select a timed reservation.

4..  Enter the library discount code (located below the barcode symbol on the library pass) when checking out to apply the discount.

5. Bring  the library pass, confirmation of Boating in Boston timed reservation, and the signed Float Plan Agreement when you visit.

Donated by the Finley Family and the Donation Account.

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Boston Children’s Museum

Boston Children’s Museum

308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
617-426-6500   http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/
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Founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau, the Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest children’s museum in the world and one of the few that maintain a collection. Designed for both children and families, the Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, emphasizing hands-on engagement and learning through experience, and employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children.

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Categories: Children, Crafts, Family, Technology

Pass Benefits

This pass admits 4 at half price per person (children under 12 months are admitted free).  The museum is currently open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for two sessions 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. 

Visit the Boston Children’s Museum website to review COVID museum visitor requirements and any updates to operating hours.  The library pass reservation calendar may not reflect changes to museum open dates and hours of operation.    
   
1.  Reserve Melrose Public Library pass for desired date.
2.  You will receive a confirmation email with a "Print Pass" link.  Print the pass or save it digitally to your smartphone.  
3.  Pre-purchase your discounted tickets online.  Select "Discount Programs" and use the drop down arrow, click on "Half Price Library Timed Ticket" to reserve your timed ticket(s).  The date on the Library Discount Coupon must match the date of museum visit.  
4.  Bring confirmation of both the library pass and timed tickets when you visit.

Donated by the Friends of Melrose Public Library.

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Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210
617-478-3100   https://www.icaboston.org/
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The building that houses the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on Fan Pier is the first in the US designed by the architectural firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The museum was founded in 1936 as a sister institution to New York’s MoMA, though it had no permanent collection until starting one after moving into the new building on the waterfront in 2006. In addition to the collection, changing exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming are offered throughout the year.

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Categories: Art, Family, Music, Dance

Pass Benefits

MELROSE PUBLIC LIBRARY - INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART / BOSTON PASS

1.   Visit the ICA website to review COVID museum visitor requirements and any updates to operating hours.  The library pass reservation calendar may not reflect changes to museum open dates and hours of operation.

2.   Reserve Library Pass for desired date (note: the library discount will be honored on any day during the month of issue).

3.  You will receive a confirmation email with a  "Print Pass" link.

4.  Print the library pass.

5.   Purchase a timed admission ticket on the museum website, via phone (617-478-3100), or in person at the museum Visitors Service Desk (select "Library Pass" under pricing options to receive library discount). Note:  there will be a $4 per ticket service fee for both online and phone orders (tickets purchased onsite at the Visitor Services desk will not be charged a service fee, however, pre-purchase of tickets is recommended).

6.    Bring both the e-ticket and library pass when you visit the museum.

THE LIBRARY PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION

The library’s pass admits 2 people with a $5 co-pay each, youth 18 and under are free. Discounts are available for active military, teachers, and EIB with IDs. Free to all Thursday nights from 5 - 9 PM. Closed Mondays except certain holidays when admission for all is free. ICA current hours, admission prices and discounts.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS:  Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the museum.

Funded by the City of Melrose.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
617-566-1401   http://www.gardnermuseum.org/home/
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The Gardner Museum houses the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a local patron of the arts who died in 1924, in a building she commissioned to look like a 15th century Venetian palazzo. The center of the original building showcases courtyard plantings that reflect the seasons as they evolve throughout the year. In addition to her collection, which remains displayed exactly she arranged it per her will, there are changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events, and an artist-in-residence program. In 2012, the museum opened an addition designed by Renzo Piano that houses a space for their concert series.

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Categories: Art, Family, Music

Pass Benefits

 Melrose Public Library – Isabella Stewart Gardner Pass 
Thank you for your participation in the Gardner Museum Pass Program through Melrose Public Library. In accordance with our new health and safety requirements, we are open with a highly restricted capacity. You must redeem your printed Museum Pass and reserve timed tickets online or through the Box office at least 48 hours prior to visiting. Each pass admits up to 4 adults for $5 each (General Admission only).  

To redeem online, simply go to gardnermuseum.org/visit; click “buy now” and select the date printed on your Museum Pass and a time slot. Use the promo code printed under the barcode above to receive your discount.  

You can also redeem your pass over the phone with the Box Office at 617 278 5156. Tickets and printed Museum Pass from your library must be shown upon entry to the Museum. The promo code above can only be redeemed for the day you have reserved. Should you have any difficulty securing tickets online, please contact the Box Office at the number above. Please make sure to review our health and safety requirements on our website at isgm.org/welcome before visiting the Museum. Know before you go!

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Mass Audubon (Drumlin Farm)

Mass Audubon (Drumlin Farm)

208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-2200   http://www.massaudubon.org/
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Mass Audubon maintains about 100 wildlife sanctuaries in Massachusetts, more than half of which may be visited for walks on trails and visits to nature centers and museums. Among these is Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, a working farm with animals and crops, plus exhibits that include native wildlife, such as owls, foxes and deer. A shop on the premises sells items related to nature, such as bird feeders and binoculars.

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Categories: Children, Family, Nature

Pass Benefits

Mass Audubon Library Partner Admission Pass – Melrose Public Library

This one-day Library Partner Admission Pass admits 1 vehicle OR up to 4 people to a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. At some sanctuaries there is a $2 admission fee per visitor over the age of 2.  Please note that not all wildlife sanctuaries are open, and that most buildings, including bathrooms, are presently closed. Some sanctuaries require reservations before visiting.  Please visit https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/trails for the latest information on which sanctuaries are open for visitation.  For sanctuaries that require reservations, passes should be requested several days in advance for the date you wish to visit, to increase the likelihood that tickets will still be available for that date.  When reserving tickets, scroll down and select "Mass Audubon Library Pass" to receive library discount.   Mass Audubon does not guarantee access on any specific date/time if tickets are not available.   Admission pass will not be accepted after April 30, 2022.  Pass must be presented to Mass Audubon staff upon arrival for your wildlife sanctuary visit.

Funded by the City of Melrose.

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Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
617-267-9300   http://www.mfa.org/
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The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in existence since July 4, 1876, is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of almost 500,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary painting, sculpture and video. In addition, there are always special exhibitions on view, opportunities to take advantage of educational programs—some right in the galleries—and a contemplative Japanese garden.

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Categories: Art, Family, History

Pass Benefits

COVID RESTRICTIONS AND PASS REDEMPTION INSTRUCTIONS

1.   Visit the MFA website to review COVID museum visitor requirements and any updates to operating hours.  The library pass reservation calendar may not reflect changes to museum open dates and hours of operation.       
2.   Reserve Library Pass for desired date.
3.  You will receive a confirmation email with a  Print Pass link.  Use the library discount promo code (located under the barcode symbol on the pass) to purchase tickets at https://mfa.org/ticketsIf you do not have access to an email account, contact the library at 781-665-2313 to receive a promo code.  Please note: there are no on-site ticket sales at the Museum.
4.   Present ticket(s) at museum (preferably on phone or device – tickets printed on paper will also be accepted).

THE LIBRARY PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION

The MFA is currently open five days a week: Wednesday- Sunday, 10am-5pm.

The library’s pass admits 2 people with a $10 co-pay each, youth 17 and under are free (note - free entry still requires an individual timed ticket). Many additional discounts are available for the MFA, check their website for details. Some discounts include active military, college students, MA teachers, first year US citizens,  EBT card holders and the Bank of America Museums on Us program and MFA Free Open House Days.  Museum current hours, admission prices and discounts.

Funded by the Donation Account.

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Museum of Science

Museum of Science

1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
617-723-2500   http://www.mos.org/
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The Museum of Science in Boston is located on a piece of land that extends the width of the Charles River, connecting Boston and Cambridge. Dedicated to promoting and educating visitors about science and technology, the museum includes a planetarium, the world’s largest open-air Van de Graaff generator, an IMAX theatre, a butterfly garden, and permanent and changing exhibits on birds, insects and animals; space; dinosaurs; engineering; nanotechnology; math; biology; and more.

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Categories: Children, Family, History, Nature, Science, Technology, Sky

Pass Benefits

MELROSE PUBLIC LIBRARY - MUSEUM OF SCIENCE PASS

Your library pass can only be used on the date printed on the pass.  The pass will admit up to 4 people at a 50% discount on tickets to the Museum’s Exhibit Halls. Children under 3 are not included in the count of 4 and are always admitted for free but must have a timed ticket. 

1.  YOU MUST ALSO CALL THE MUSEUM TO RESERVE A TIMED TICKET. Call 617-723-2500 (daily, 9am – 5pm).  Please call at least 1-2 days ahead to reserve your timeslot otherwise the Museum might be fully booked.  You will receive an email confirmation with your reservation time.

2.  Please bring both your library pass confirmation (printed or displayed on a phone) & your email confirmation from the Museum when you visit. Show both confirmations at the gate to enter. You do not need to stop at the Box Office.   If you are not able to show your pass & timed ticket confirmations on a device, please go to the Box Office with your ticket confirmation number and printed library pass to pick up your tickets.

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New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
617-973-5200   http://www.neaq.org/
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The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from the giant Pacific octopus to Northern fur seals to little blue penguins. They offer a wide range of exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals. In addition, they have an IMAX theatre and run whale watch boat excursions in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises from April through November.

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Categories: Children, Family, Nature, Science, Ocean

Pass Benefits

COVID RESTRICTIONS AND PASS REDEMPTION INSTRUCTIONS

1.   Visit the New England Aquarium website to review COVID museum visitor requirements and any updates to operating hours.  The library pass reservation calendar may not reflect changes to museum open dates and hours of operation.       

2.  Reserve Library Pass for desired date.

3.  Pick up your coupon pass at the Melrose Public Library.

4.   Coupon passes to the Aquarium will be valid only on the date printed on the coupon.

5.   Advance reservations are no longer required for library patrons with coupons.  Library patrons should present their coupons on-site at the Aquarium ticket booth. Once tickets are issued, library patrons will be admitted to the Aquarium.

We continue to encourage patrons to arrive early to avoid long lines at the ticket booth and to review our website ahead of their visit to ensure a safe and accessible experience.

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The library’s pass admits 4 people at half off each, children 2 and under are free.  Visitors using wheelchairs or with visual impairments are admitted free of charge. Aquarium current hours and admission prices. Library passes cannot be used in conjunction with groups visits, programs, IMAX, whale watches or Combo tickets.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass does not need to be returned to the library.  Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the Aquarium.

Donated by the Trustees of the Melrose Public Library

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Paul Revere House

Paul Revere House

19 North Square, Boston, MA 02113
617-523-2338   https://www.paulreverehouse.org/
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Built in 1680, the Paul Revere House is a National Historic Landmark located in Boston's North End. It is the oldest remaining house in the area and where the silversmith lived during the American Revolution when he made his famous midnight ride. The museum at this site is comprised of the house, the PierceHichborn house (built in 1711 and seen by guided tour only), and a visitor and education center that provides information about the life and times of Paul Revere. There is a gift shop on the premises.

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Categories: Children, Family, History, Tours

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 2 adults  and 2 children for free.  Paul Revere House museum visitor requirements and operating hours. A visit usually takes about 30 minutes.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This returnable pass must be picked up at the library on the “day of use” or the day before. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Return the pass to the Main Desk or the outside book drop before the library opens on its next scheduled day to allow other patrons to use the pass.

Lifetime membership donated by John Curtis.

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Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3783
978-745-9500   http://www.pem.org/
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The Peabody Essex Museum grew out of the collection of East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains whose charter called for acquisition of “natural and artificial curiosities.” Its permanent collection contains art and artifacts of Africa, Asia, India, China (with a Qing Dynasty house brought from the Huizhou region), Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands, and features objects of maritime art and history that include paintings, drawings, ship models, marine decorative arts, tools, weapons, navigational instruments, and ship and yacht plans. It also has a thriving changing exhibition schedule that sometimes includes important traveling shows.

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Categories: Art, Family, History, Ocean

Pass Benefits

MELROSE PUBLIC LIBRARY – PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM PASS  

This pass admits 2 people with a $12 co-pay per person (Thursday through Sunday - children 16 and under are free, but still require a timed reservation).   The library pass may only be used for the date printed on the pass.  Please visit the PEM website to review COVID museum visitor requirements and any updates to operating hours.  The library pass reservation calendar may not reflect changes to museum open dates and hours of operation.       

1.  YOU MUST RESERVE A TIMED TICKET directly from the Peabody Essex Museum.  Ticket(s) may be purchased online at pem.org/tickets or by calling the museum at 978-542-1511.

2.   You will receive a confirmation email with a  Print Pass link.  Enter the library discount promo code in the promo code box in the upper right of the screen.  The discount code is printed under the barcode symbol on the library pass.  Once the promo code has been accepted, scroll down the ticket types and select "Library Discount," the number of tickets, and then select a time slot. 

3.  Bring proof/confirmation of your timed ticket purchase when visiting the museum.

THE LIBRARY PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION

Funded by the City of Melrose

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Trustees of the Reservations (with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum)

Trustees of the Reservations (with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum)

MA
978-921-1944   http://www.thetrustees.org/
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The Trustees of the Reservations preserve and protect more than 100 special properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value—nearly 25,000 acres—all around Massachusetts. From Crane's Beach in Ipswich and World's End in Hingham to The Old Manse in Concord and Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, visitors to Trustees sites enjoy local history and nature in its various forms: beaches, meadows, forests, swamps and more.

In the summer of 2019, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the largest park of its kind in New England, became part of the Trustees. The museum, located in Lincoln, MA, encompasses nearly 30 conserved acres and presents contemporary art from New England—and beyond—with sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions. For a full list of locations, please visit their web site.

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Categories: Art, Family, History, Nature, Recreation

Pass Benefits

COVID RESTRICTIONS AND PASS REDEMPTION INSTRUCTIONS

1.   Visit https://thetrustees.org to review COVID museum visitor requirements, Trustees property sites, and any updates to operating hours.

Note:  The library pass reservation calendar may not reflect changes to museum open dates and hours of operation.        

2.    Reserve Library Pass on desired date and pick the pass up at the Melrose Public Library.

3.    Bring pass to Trustees site.  (The GO Pass may not be used for purchase of advance timed tickets. )

Note:  GO Passes are valid for walk-in admission only (pass discount not valid for parking fees). 

Go Passes are valid at all sites except Crane Beach.

Walk-in admission with a GO Pass will only be permitted if there is available capacity at the venue. 

Many house tours have been cancelled for the season (while the grounds and trails are open). 

THE LIBRARY PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION

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Are you ready to Go Outside?  We are making it even easier for you with the Trustees GO Pass! This pass provides 2 free or reduced admissions (member rate) to Trustees properties all over Massachusetts.  Get outside and explore historical homes, wander through cow pastures, marshlands and view waterfalls as you hike through all that Massachusetts has to offer. Visit the Trustees website for more information on places to visit with the pass.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass does not need to be returned to the library.   Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the site.

Funded by the Donation Account.

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Zoo New England

Zoo New England

1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121
617-541-5466   http://www.zoonewengland.org/
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Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo, a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, and the Stone Zoo, located on a 26-acre site near Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. In addition to animals, both zoos are engaged in wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.

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Categories: Family, Zoo

Pass Benefits

COVID RESTRICTIONS AND PASS REDEMPTION INSTRUCTIONS

1.   Visit Zoo New England website to review COVID visitor requirements and operating hours.

Note:  The library pass reservation calendar may not reflect changes to museum open dates and hours of operation.       

2.    Reserve Library Pass and contact the Melrose Public Library (781-665-2313) to arrange front door pick up of pass.

3.    Follow instructions printed on pass (using discount codes) to purchase timed admission ticket.

4.    Bring library pass and ticket to zoo.

THE LIBRARY PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION ON A PARTICULAR DAY

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The library’s pass admits 6 people with a $9 co-pay for adults and $6 for children ages 2 - 12 years, children under 2 are free. Zoos current hours and admission prices. This pass is good at both the Stone Zoo in Stoneham and the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. No pets are allowed at the Zoos. Zoolights is not discounted with the pass. 

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass does not need to be returned to the library.   Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the Zoo.

Pass funded by the City of Melrose.

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