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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

The library’s pass admits up to 4 people at half price. Children under 12 months are admitted free. Target Fridays from 5 - 9 PM admission is $1.00. Boston Children's Museum current admission prices and special hours.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the museum.

Donated by the Friends of Melrose Public Library.

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The House of Seven Gables

The House of Seven Gables

115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
978-744-0991   https://www.7gables.org/
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The House of the Seven Gables, one of the oldest surviving timber-framed mansion houses in continental North America, was the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous 1851 novel of the same name. The historic site which includes the house (a National Historic Landmark District) includes a guided tour of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (the House of the Seven Gables) and visits to the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace, the Colonial Revival seaside gardens, and the Counting House, with a maritime discovery zone called “Kids' Cove at The Gables.” (An audio tour of the gardens, grounds, and waterfront is available through the UniGuide App.) Lectures and seasonal living history labs are scheduled throughout the year, and a changing annual exhibition examines various aspects of the institution's 350 years of history. There is a gift shop on the premises. The website has virtual field trips and interactive exhibitions that can provide helpful background information before a visit.

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Categories: Children, Family, Science

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 2 adults and 2 children at half price each. Ages 5 and under are free. Museum current admission prices and hours.

The House of the Seven Gables pass is unavailable for 2 weeks in January, Wednesdays and Thursdays from mid-January to mid-February, and during the month of October.

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

Funded by the City of Melrose.

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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

The library’s pass admits 2 people with a $5 co-pay each, youth 17 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: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. 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

The library’s pass admits 4 people with a $5 co-pay each, children 17 and under are free. Discounts are available for active military, anyone named Isabella and anyone on their birthday with IDs.  Closed Tuesdays. Museum current hours, admission prices and discounts.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the museum.

Donated by the Federoff - Philpot Family

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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

The library’s pass admits up to 4 people with a $2.00 co-pay each. Children under 2 years are free.  Pets and smoking are not allowed in the MA Audubon properties. Visit the MA Audubon website for more information on places to visit with the pass. Some local properties include Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, and the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.  Schedules vary widely at each sanctuary property. The library has passes for Tuesday through Sunday.

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. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the properties.

Funded by the City of Melrose.

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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

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 may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. 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 current hours and admission prices. A visit usually takes about 30 minutes. Closed Mondays in January, February and March.

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

The library’s pass admits 2 people with a $12 co-pay per person Tuesday through Sunday and some Monday holidays, children 16 and under are free. Discounts are available for people who work in Salem, (admitted free Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM) active military and  EBT with IDs. Additional admission fee to the Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House. Closed Mondays except for certain holidays. Museum current hours, admission prices and discounts.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the museum.

Funded by the City of Melrose

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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

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 may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the Zoo.

Pass funded by the City of Melrose.

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