The BU Arts Initiative provides all graduate and undergraduate BU students free membership with valid BU Student ID to:
- the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
- the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- the Harvard Art Museums
- The Institute of Contemporary Art
*Fall 2020 Re-Opening*: Please visit our BU Student Discounts page for specific access instructions for students.
BU Faculty & Staff, please see below.
BSO College Cards: *Not offered Fall 2020* Students can also get a Boston Symphony Orchestra College Card at no cost, granting free admission to more than 20 concerts and open rehearsals. Once you receive your card, you must register it on the BSO College Card website to get more info on dates & tickets.
To receive a BSO College Card, you only need to show your BU student ID at one of these locations:
- GSU Operations Desk (775 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor)
- CFA Dean’s Office (855 Commonwealth Ave, Room 230)
- BU Arts Initiative, GSU (775 Commonwealth Ave, Suite 201)
- Human Resources at CRC (25 Buick Street) & MED Campus (801 Mass. Ave, Suite 401)
- Medical Campus at:
- BUSM Office of Student Affairs: 72 East Concord Street, A-208 (MED students only)
- Dental Student Affairs/Admissions: 100 East Newton Street, G-317 (temp location due to construction)
- SPH Graduate Student Life: 715 Albany Street, Talbot 209C
Additionally, the BU Arts Initiative’s Arts Insiders program grants a group of students access to exclusive events in and around the city. Find out more!
We are adding more student discounts all the time, be sure to check out our BU Student Discounts page.
Faculty and Staff
*As of July 15, 2020*, BU Faculty & Staff receive free access to the the Institute of Contemporary Art and discounted access the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Please visit our Faculty & Staff discounts page for information on how to reserve tickets.
When reopened, Faculty & Staff can receive free access to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (closed) with valid BU Faculty/Staff ID and passes to access the Harvard Art Museums (closed). Please log in to our discounts website for specifics on how to reserve a pass.
Additionally, faculty and staff can receive a 50% off discount on Boston Symphony Orchestra (not offered Fall 2020) tickets with the BSO College Card. BSO cards are available to faculty and staff at the CFA Deans office (2nd Floor), Human Resources offices at CRC (25 Buick Street) & MED (801 Mass Ave, Suite 401), and the BU Arts Initiative office.
A full list of these memberships and more are available on our Faculty & Staff discounts page.
Boston’s thriving art scene offers something to explore every day of the week. Peruse area arts calendars and reviews to find what piques your interest:
The Arts Insiders program, run by the BU Arts Initiative, offers a handful of events for current BU students. All events are free of charge for the students. Here is how it works – Student Arts Council leaders select a few exciting arts events in or around Boston each semester and BU students can sign up to attend free of charge, preference is given to first year and international students. Arts Insiders is a great way to meet new people and explore the Boston area.